To prepare for its return to prototype racing in 2014 and also develop its new GT challenger, Porsche will run two Michelin-equipped 991s in the 2013 WEC in association with Porsche AG Team Manthey.
The drivers of the first car will be Marc Lieb and Richard Lietz, who have been team-mates for some time at Felbermayr-Proton, while the second will be shared by Jorg Bergmeister and Patrick Pilet. For the Le Mans 24 Hours, they will be joined by Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas who have been ‘freed’ from their contracts with Audi for next year.
Briton Nick Tandy, 28, has been named as an official Porsche Motorsport driver after his runner-up finish in the 2012 International GT Open championship. He will join the likes of Wolf Henzler, Marco Holzer and Patrick Long who will race for a number of privateer teams in 2013.
Before the start of the WEC, Bergmeister (The Racers Group), Holzer (Alex Job Racing), Lieb (Brumos Racing), Lietz (Magnus Racing), Long (Park Place Motorsport), Tandy (Konrad Motorsport) and Pilet (NGT) will also contest January’s Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, as will ‘juniors’ Christensen and Bachler, for whom it will be their first 24-hour race.
Meanwhile, the LMP1 programme is making good progress and will be run by a team managed by Fritz Enzinger. The prototype car itself is expected to make its track debut in a test around the middle of the year, and new offices are being built at the Porsche Centre in Weissach, Germany.
Last but not least, Frenchman Jean-Karl Vernay (winner of the 2012 Matmut Carrera Cup) won the Porsche selection in Vallelunga, Spain. His prize is a budget of €200,000 to take part in the 2013 Mobil 1 Supercup.