Porsche has revealed the four-driver crews that will gun for GTE Pro class honours at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours for what will be the 911 RSR-19’s maiden appearance in the race.
Its full-season FIA WEC drivers will be joined by its four full-season IMSA WeatherTech GTLM drivers for this year’s race, though there has been a shuffle in the line-ups for its two guest-entered 911 RSR 19s from the USA.
The two full-season WEC cars will race with the same trios at Le Mans for the third year in a row, Laurens Vanthoor and Fred Makowiecki joining the full-season pairs.
Vanthoor will race with Kevin Estre and Michael Christensen in the #92, while Makowiecki will share the #91 Gianmaria Bruni and Richard Lietz.
Meanwhile, Earl Bamber and Nick Tandy will share the #93, joined Matt Campbell, who raced with Porsche at this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona in GTLM. The #94 will see Patrick Pilet, Julien Andlauer and Mathieu Jaminet team-up.
The three Frenchmen in the #94 have a notable relationship, as after winning the French Porsche Carrera Cup in 2007, Patrick Pilet was given the responsibility of looking after the national juniors. When Jaminet and Andlauer joined the racing series, Pilet took the talented pair under his wing.
“I’ve accompanied Mathieu and Julien for quite some time on their journey as racing drivers and I’ve developed a close bond with them,” Pilet said. “It’s an honour and a pleasure for me to share the cockpit at Le Mans with these two talented young men. Together, we’ll attempt to win the world’s most prestigious endurance race.”
Fritz Enzinger, Vice President Motorsport feels that Porsche continuing to enter four cars at Le Mans each year in GTE Pro is still important.
“Fielding the four works cars again in the GTE-Pro category at Le Mans underlines how important this classic is for Porsche,” he said. “With the championship squads from the FIA WEC and the IMSA WeatherTech Championship, we have a treasure trove of expertise at the start plus a good balance of experienced and young drivers. We aim to fight for victory, but we know from experience that such long-distance races are full of surprises.”