GT works programme
Porsche GT Team
For the 2017 season, the factory-run Porsche GT Team fields the new Porsche 911 RSR in the Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC including the Le Mans 24 Hours as well as in the IMSA SportsCar Championship.
In the WEC, in which an official world championship title is awarded for the first time in 2017, two 911 RSR tackle the famously competitive GTE-Pro class. Driving the number 91 vehicle are Richard Lietz (Austria), winner of the 2015 FIA Endurance World Cup as most successful GT pilot, and Frédéric Makowiecki (France). Sharing the #92 car are Michael Christensen (Denmark) and Kévin Estre (France). Joining them as the third drivers for Le Mans are Patrick Pilet (91) and Dirk Werner (92). In 2015, Porsche won all three GT championship titles in the WEC. Manthey Racing, a long-standing and successful Porsche partner, is responsible for operations.
In the IMSA SportsCar Championship, North America’s premier series for sports car, the Porsche GT Team also fields two 911 RSR. Sharing the cockpit of the #911 Porsche in the GTLM class are Patrick Pilet (France), the IMSA GT Champion of 2015, and the new Porsche factory driver Dirk Werner (Germany). In the #912 sister car are Kévin Estre (France) and another newcomer to the Porsche works squad, Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium). They receive support at the long-distance races in Daytona, Sebring and Petit Le Mans from Frédéric Makowiecki (France/911) and Richard Lietz (Austria/912). Responsible for operations is CORE Autosport for the fourth year in a row.
Gianmaria Bruni (Italy) joined the Porsche works driver squad on July 1, 2017. He contests the IMSA SportsCar Championship with Laurens Vanthoor.