24h Le Mans
24 Hours of Le Mans – Makowiecki and Christensen complete the Porsche GT Team line_up
Porsche GT Team has added Frédéric Makowiecki and Michael Christensen to the list of drivers selected to drive its two cars in the LMGTE Pro class at the 8 Hours of Portimão and the 89th 24 Hours of Le Mans (21-22 August 2021).
Gianmaria Bruni, Richard Lietz and Frédéric Makowiecki will drive the #91 Porsche 911 RSR-19 while Kevin Estre, Neel Jani and Michael Christensen will share the wheel of the #92 car. Makowiecki has been part of the Porsche GT Team crew since 2017 and Michael Christensen triumphed in LMGTE Pro with team-mates Kevin Estre and Laurens Vanthoor in 2018. “Between them, these six nominated drivers have a total of 59 Le Mans races under their belts. This experience is invaluable,” explains Pascal Zurlinden, Director Factory Motorsport at Porsche. “There’s absolutely no doubt that we’ll be very well positioned for the highlight of the year. The eight-hour WEC race in Portimão is the perfect complement to our intense preparation for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.”
Frédéric Makowiecki, driver of the #91 Porsche 911 RSR-19 says: “It’s great that I can share driving duties in the #91 car at Le Mans with Gimmi and Richie for the fourth year in a row. We’re a very well-oiled threesome and we’ve always done well at our races. Unfortunately, it’s never been quite enough for us to win our class at Le Mans yet, but that should change this year. We’ll tackle the WEC race in Portugal with the aim of refining the interaction with our new race engineer, John McGregor. There’s not a lot of time to work on certain aspects during Le Mans week, so we’ll do that in Portimão. That puts us in a good starting position. ”
Michael Christensen, driver of the #92 Porsche 911 RSR-19 tells us: “I’m very much looking forward to our joint outing in the number 92 car at the Portimão race. I also feel particularly fortunate to be able to drive for Porsche at Le Mans this year. It’s the biggest, toughest and most important race on the calendar every year. I hope we’ll perform as well as we did in 2018. Another class victory would be a dream come true. ”
In the LMGTE Pro class, Porsche GT Team will be up against AF Corse, which is fielding two Ferrari 488 GTE EVOs, and Corvette Racing with its two Chevrolet Corvette C8.Rs.