Porsche starts in Le Mans with 4 works cars
Porsche starts with four cars in the World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Today the Automobile Club de l’Ouest announced the list of competitors selected to participate in the 82nd edition of the classic long-distance race on June 14th and 15th. Porsche has registered its new works team for the two 919 Hybrid cars as “Porsche Team” in the top category of Le Mans prototypes LMP1. The start numbers for the innovative hybrid sports cars are 14 and 20. The works team for the two 911 RSR entries in the GTE Pro class is called “Porsche Team Manthey”. Last year’s double-winners will start again this year with numbers 91 and 92.
Each of the two 919 Hybrid cars will be driven by a Le Mans overall winner, Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas winners with Audi in 2010. There is still no final decision on which of the four other LMP1 Porsche works drivers will take turns at the wheel during the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship: Brendon Hartley, Neel Jani, Marc Lieb and Mark Webber.
Team Principal Andreas Seidl explained: It was an obvious choice to split these two pilots to the two cars because of their special long-distance and Le Mans experience. The confirmation of our entry is another milestone on our road to Le Mans. We are all excited to meet our competitors for the first time at the official test at Paul Ricard at the end of March and of course at the WEC season kick-off at Silverstone in April.
In the GTE Pro category, Porsche is again putting forward the Porsche Team Manthey with two 911 RSR cars against the works teams of Aston Martin, Corvette, Ferrari and SRT Viper.