Khaled Al Qubaisi will be back for another crack at the GTE Am class of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship with two new team-mates aboard the #88 Abu Dhabi Proton Porsche 911 RSR.
David Heinemeier Hansson returns to the GTE ranks he graced in the title winning Aston Martin in 2014 for what is set to be his fourth full season in the World Championship.
They’ll be joined by Patrick Long, Porsche factory driver and a man destined to be one of the busiest of Porsche’s ’16 for ’16′ with a full FIA WEC campaign now added to a full season in the Pirelli World Challenge with Effort Racing and a run at the Rolex 24 at Daytona with Black Swan Racing, set to be Long’s 14th start at the race.
The busy 2016 starts the latest phase in Pat’s Porsche career with a new multi year factory contract in his pocket.
“Racing in the FIA WEC in 2015 was an eye-opening experience for me,” Long said, “and I admit I was pleasantly surprised at the level of competition in the GTE-AM class. The machinery and the drivers are truly at a world-class level in the series, and I’m excited to get back to some of the tracks the WEC visits. We have a long list of goals for how to improve on this year’s performance within the team, but the great thing about continuity is that there’s so much less learning curve.
“David is an incredible businessman but he’s also one of, if not the, fastest am-rated drivers out there, and I got to know Khaled and his family this season when he drove the sister #88 car at Dempsey-Proton racing. I think we’ll have a formidable lineup within our class.”