Dempsey-Proton Racing was formed when Patrick Dempsey joined up with German team Proton Competition and it finished sixth at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2017. It is entering two cars in the world championship this year. For the first time, the German-flagged outfit will use the new Porsche 911 RSR which made its début last season: LMGTE regulations state that the cars must be at least one year old.
Last year, Christian Ried was paired with Matteo Cairoli, but this year the drivers will be racing against one another, with the German in the #77 car alongside Australian Matt Campbell and Frenchman Julien Andlauer, a participant in the Porsche junior programme, while the Italian is joined by Khaled Al Qubaisi and Giorgio Roda.
As for Hollywood actor Patrick Dempsey, after four appearances at the 24 Hours of Le Mans between 2009 and 2015 and a second place in his class on his last outing, he has decided to take a break from racing but still keeps a close eye on the team.
Photo (Copyright – ACO/Nikon): The Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR 991 at the 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours.