After positive COVID-19 tests came back from within Manthey Racing, KC Motorgroup Ltd. (KCMG) drivers for the 2020 Nürburgring 24 Hours Romain Dumas, Patrick Pilet and Richard Lietz were withdrawn from the race by Porsche as a precaution this morning.
Taking their places in the #18 Porsche 911 GT3 R will be Earl Bamber, Timo Bernhard and Jörg Bergmeister. Dennis Olsen remains in the line-up, confirming that KCMG will still enter a full-factory car this weekend.
Reigning IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar GTLM champion Bamber has three Nürburgring 24 Hours starts under his belt but this news also confirms that there will be knock-on effects to the 2020 IMSA line-up, Bamber was due to contest the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship race at Mid Ohio this weekend.
Double WEC champion Bernhard brings 10 years’ of Nordschleife experience to the table, including eight class wins. Likewise, Bergmeister has a wealth of Nürburgring knowledge with nine starts at the 24 Hours.
Olsen will now share driving duties between the two cars, with Alexandre Imperatori, Josh Burdon and Edoardo Liberati remaining on board the #19 machine.