UPDATE: DSC reached out to Christian Reid to find out which cars Cairoli and Olsen will drive, and whether or not Matt Campbell is still part of the team’s ELMS effort.
He responded, confirming that Campbell is no longer scheduled to drive for the team:
“For ELMS the gold drivers are Matteo in the #77 and Dennis in the #88,” he said.
Porsche Young Professionals Dennis Olsen and Matteo Cairoli will join Proton Competition for its 2018 ELMS campaign, each driving in one of the team’s pair of new 911 RSRs entered for the series.
For Cairoli, this will be his second season in the ELMS, and with Proton, the Italian racing with the German outfit and finishing third in the GTE standings last year. He also took on the FIA WEC with the team, finishing second in GTE Am, after an impressive run with Christian Reid and Marvin Dienst.
He was named with the team for the entry list announcement back in February, in the #77.
Team @protonracing is proud to announce that @Porsche #YoungProfessionals @Cairoli96 and @Olsen_Dennis will drive their new #911RSR in the 2018 @EuropeanLMS @PorscheNewsroom pic.twitter.com/EW0HRMzSis
— Proton Competition (@ProtonRacing) March 2, 2018
Olsen meanwhile, will be making his ELMS debut as part of this programme. The 21-year-old Norwegian was named a Porsche Young Professional after winning the Porsche Carerra Cup Deutschland driver’s title in 2017 driving for Konrad Motorsport. He also finished second in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup with Walter Lechner Racing Team.
The team will campaign a pair of new Porsche 911 RSRs in this year’s European Le Mans Series season in the six-car GTE class. It’s not clear just yet which Porsches Cairoli and Olsen are expected to race; while the #77 had Carioli named for the entry, the other – the #88 – had Matt Campbell listed but with two Gold-ranked drivers now named that seems unlikely to come to fruition..
Interestingly, all three drivers are Gold-rated, and in ELMS GTE, you can’t have more than one Gold in each car. So it begs the question, is Matt Campbell still a part of the programme?