The 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours sees a pair of GTE Am teams new to the great race that have opted to field a 2017 spec Porsche 911 RSR apiece.
Ebimotors have two decades of racing behind them, 2018 is their 20th anniversary year, with success in one make Porsche racing aplenty, including 5 consecutive victories from 2008 to 2012 in Carrera Cup Italia (including title wins for IMSA favourite Alessandro Balzan), plus regular appearances in FIA GT racing and other major series too too.
Porsche has been an Ebimotors staple from the very beginning but their most recent Championship success, in winning the 2017 Michelin Le Mans Cup, was garnered with a Lamborghini Huracan GT3.
With Lamborghini’s potential GTE effort still unconfirmed though the team had to choose a different marque to fulfil the auto entry earned through the Championship win, and Porsche was the obvious choice for Team Principal Enrico Borghi.
The car is to be operated for the ELMS and Le Mans campaigns in conjunction with Proton Competition through whom the Porsche has been obtained, currently presumed to be one of the pair racing for the team in the FIA WEC.
Fabio Babini is named as the ‘Gold’ ranked driver for the team with Silver and Bronze ranked drivers still to be confirmed. For Babini it will be a return to the event he won in class as long ago as 2001, finishing an astounding 6th overall in a GT class Seikel Porsche (above), well ahead of the GTS class winning Corvette!
Project 1 Motorsport
The Project 1 team describe themselves as the most successful Porsche Cup team in history. From 1993 on gaining 224 podiums and 18 championships. That total comes from the team under numerous guises including the well known Deutsche Post/ DHL branded efforts.
The team’s drivers for the FIA WEC and Le Mans 24 Hours efforts are already known, Porsche Factory Driver Jörg Bergmeister will be joined by his regular IMSA co-driver with Park Place Motorsport Patrick Lindsey and car owner, racer and Mentos confectionery business owner Egidio Perfetti.
Bergmeister has a class win at Le Mans on his cv, back in 2004 with Petersen White Lightning, as well as a trio of second place class finishes, these just a part of a trophy-studded career with Porsche, Bergmeister an excellent pick for this effort.
Patrick Lindsey has competed in IMSA racing half a decade and has driven alongside Bergmeister for the past two seasons in GTD with his Park Place Motorsports concern.
Egidio Perfetti (brother of 2012 British GT Champion Daniele) has been racing since 2010 with almost a lengthy history in the French Carrera Cup. He also though has starts in Porsche Supercup to his name as well as a season in the Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup where the Norwegian showed real speed alongside co-drivers including Klaus Bachler and Ben Barker.