All nine current Porsche Factory Drivers are retained for 2013
Six of the nine will make their 2013 racing debuts at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona – . Joerg Bergmeister drives a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup for The Racers Group. With Kevin Buckler’s squad, Marco Holzer competes for Alex Job Racing, Marc Lieb again joins forces with Brumos Racing and Richard Lietz drives for last year’s winner Magnus Racing. Patrick Long goes racing for Park Place Motorsports and Patrick Pilet competes for the NGT team.
Porsche Juniors Michael Christensen and Klaus Bachler the race in Daytona will be their first career 24 hour race – Christensen will race for the Konrad Motorsport team (for whom he raced in the 2012 Carrera Cup Deutschland) together with Christian Engelhart and Porsche Cup winner Nick Tandy. Bachler is competing for Snow Racing.
The customer sport model 911 GT3 R celebrated 41 wins from 131 starts in a range of GT3 racing series worldwide. 2013 will see a performance upgrade kit for the GT3 machine.
Wolfgang Hatz pnce again made clear Porsche’s view that there should remain two different GT categories for works-supported professional sport and for customer sport: “In factory sport the regulations must be based on technology while in customer racing a stronger alignment of the relative strength by Balance of Performance measures is legitimate.”
In addition to the promotion of four Porsche Juniors, Jean-Karl Vernay. who won the Carrera Cup France at his first attempt last season, will receive funding to the value of 200,000 Euro towards his 2013 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup campaign. At a test session in Vallelunga, Vernay won a contest over eight other top drivers from the Carrera Cups France, Asia, Japan, Scandinavia, Italy, Australia, Great Britain and from the GT3 Cup Challenge Canada to win the valuable prize fund.
Vernay arrives in Supercup after a career that saw him claim the 2005 championship in the French feeder series Formula Renault Campus, going on to finish second in a Formula 3 single-seater at the Macau Grand Prix in 2009.
In 2010 Vernay went to the USA and clinched overall victory in the Indy Lights Series’ in his first season.
Peugeot contracted the Frenchman as a test and reserve pilot for their LMP1 project in 2011. At the same time Vernay competed in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup and was part of Signatech Nissan’s LMP2 championship winning squad.
“The support from Porsche is a great opportunity for me,” says Vernay. “In the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup all drivers have to adjust to a new vehicle. For me as a newcomer this means I’ll have a good chance to be competitive right from the beginning. The Supercup is the pinnacle of the Porsche one-brand cups and has a great reputation as a launching platform to enter professional GT sport.”