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Porsche takes up the hunt for the 2021 title at Belgium’s endurance classic

The preview

The crew in the identical No. 92 sister car has changed from previous years: this season, Frenchman Kévin Estre, the 2018/2019 WEC champion, shares the vehicle with Neel Jani.

We’re thrilled that the management of the World Endurance Championship has succeeded in putting together a racing calendar with six events – despite the ongoing restrictions caused by the global pandemic. Our factory squad is ready to take up the hunt for the FIA WEC crown. I’m very much looking forward to the upcoming duels, especially between Porsche and Ferrari, says Fritz Enzinger, Vice President Porsche Motorsport.

The Porsche GT Team drivers

In the No. 91 Porsche 911 RSR, the works team relies on Gianmaria Bruni and Richard Lietz for the third year in a row. Last season the Frenchman also won the finale in Bahrain and concluded the year ranking third. Jani returns to the WEC after competing for the Porsche TAG Heuer Formula E Team.

The customer teams

Dempsey-Proton Racing fields two Porsche 911 RSR at the start of the WEC season. Andrew Haryanto from Indonesia, German Marco Seefried and Alessio Picariello from Belgium have been announced as the drivers in the No. 88 sister car. The German customer team Project 1 also campaigns two 911 RSR in all six events this season.

Drivers’ comments before the race

Richard Lietz (Porsche 911 RSR #91): We’re all excited for the season opener on this wonderful racetrack. We’ve celebrated many successes there in the past. We’re expecting a tough fight in Spa. This year we’re working with a new engineer and a few new mechanics on our number 91 car. First we have to get used to each other. We made a lot of progress during our Hockenheim tests. Now we want to build on that in Spa-Francorchamps and win the class if possible.

The schedule (all times CEST)

Thursday, 29 April 15:30 to 17:00 – Free practice 1 9:30 to 11:00 – Free practice 2 14:00 to 15:00 – Free practice 3 18:20 to 18:35 – Qualifying GTE-Pro and GTE-Am

2021 WEC calendar

1 May – 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) 13 June – 8 Hours of Portimão (Portugal) 18 July – 6 Hours of Monza (Italy) 21/22 August – 24 Hours of Le Mans (France) 26 September – 6 Hours of Fuji (Japan) 20 November – 8 Hours of Bahrain (Bahrain)

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Apr 23, 2021 at 23:21

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