• Porsche entry for 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours, and World Endurance Championship, is confirmed
• Two new ‘Type 991’ versions of the Porsche 911 RSR make their debut, run by factory team
• Further entries confirmed for customer teams IMSA Performance Matmut and Felbermayr Proton, which will race the 911 GT3 RSR (Type 997)
• Hollywood actor Patrick Dempsey lines up to race a Porsche at Le Mans
Porsche AG will enter two new 911 RSR race cars based on the ‘Type 991’ model generation at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours and in the World Endurance Championship. Entry for the newly-developed vehicles sporting the starting numbers 91 and 92 was confirmed for the GTE class by the organisers ACO and FIA today in Paris. The factory squad ‘Porsche AG Team Manthey’ will run both 911 RSR race cars.
Contesting the event in the number 92 Porsche 911 RSR are Porsche works drivers Marc Lieb (Germany) and Richard Lietz (Austria). The pair has already shared a cockpit in last year’s WEC. At the first two rounds of the season in Silverstone (14 April) and Spa (4 May) as well as at the Le Mans 24 hour race (22 June) they will receive reinforcement from their works driver colleague Romain Dumas (France).
Works drivers also pilot the number 91 sister car: Joerg Bergmeister (Germany) teams up with Patrick Pilet (France). In Silverstone, Spa and Le Mans the duo are joined by Timo Bernhard (Germany).
Additionally, the customer teams IMSA Performance Matmut and Felbermayr Proton have received a starting place in the WEC and at Le Mans, fielding the predecessor model (Type 997) Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in the GTE-Am category. At the wheel of the IMSA Matmut 911, Raymond Narac (France) shares driving duties with Jean-Karl Vernay (France) who contests the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup with backing from Porsche AG this year. Vernay is the reigning champion of the Porsche Carrera Cup France.
The customer team Dempsey Racing-Proton is also delighted with its acceptance to contest the Le Mans 24 Hours. Hollywood star Patrick Dempsey, who is known especially for his role as Dr Derek Shepherd aka ‘McDreamy’ in the hit television series Grey’s Anatomy, previously contested the Le Mans race in 2009 and now climbs back into the cockpit.
“We are very much looking forward to returning to Le Mans with a Porsche works team for the first time since 1998,” said Hartmut Kristen, Head of Porsche Motorsport. “The new 911 RSR performed well in earlier tests and is already proving extremely reliable on the track. Between them, our six drivers have scored eight class wins in Le Mans and have a great deal of experience with different 911 race cars. And our customer teams in the GTE-Am class are also well prepared for the 2013 season.”
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Porsche can claim more than 28,000 race victories in almost every motor sports series worldwide, and while many of these successes have been achieved with immensely powerful specialist race cars like the evocative 917 and 956, the iconic 911 sports coupe is the bedrock on which the peerless racing reputation of the Stuttgart marque has been built.
The 911 demonstrates perfectly the Porsche philosophy of not only building sports cars in order to win races, but also to gain development know-how that can be incorporated into the evolution of its road cars. Successive generations of the rear-engined 911 have been honed on the race circuit since its debut in 1963, with customers benefitting from continuous improvements in key dynamic areas such as engine performance, braking and aerodynamics.
Porsche is the world's largest manufacturer of racing cars; the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car competes in the Mobil1 Supercup, the world’s fastest international one-make Championship, which supports Formula One Grands Prix. The 911 GT3 Cup also entertains spectators around the world racing in the many domestic Carrera Cup Championships in Germany, Asia, France, Italy, Japan, Scandinavia and Great Britain.
The GT3 R is designed to be the first step for drivers moving up to GT racing, while the RSR is the standard-bearer for Porsche in international blue riband events like the Le Mans 24 Hours.
With 16 overall victories, Porsche is the most successful manufacturer in Le Mans history. In 2014, Porsche will return to Le Mans with a works-run sports prototype race car in the top LMP1 category.
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