Ready for great things
For the 2018 season, Porsche has decided to expand its global GT activities massively, with 18 Porsche works drivers as well as four Porsche Young Professionals and two Porsche Juniors. Never before has the squad been this big.
Racing around the world
In the 2018/2019 season, Porsche fights for world championship honours in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). The Porsche GT Team tackles the GTE-Pro class with two Porsche 911 RSR. The 911 RSR with the starting number 91 is shared by Gianmaria Bruni und Richard Lietz, with Michael Christensen and Kévin Estre driving the #92 Porsche 911 RSR.
In 2018, Porsche took on the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the largest ever GT works contingent in the company’s history. The four factory-run Porsche 911 RSR racers were driven by twelve Porsche works drivers. Bruni, Lietz and Frédéric Makowiecki form a team in the #91 car, with Christensen, Estre and Laurens Vanthoor sharing the #92 cockpit. The trio manning the #93 racer consisted of Earl Bamber, Patrick Pilet and Nick Tandy. Also representing Porsche were Timo Bernhard, Romain Dumas and Sven Müller (#94).
With a total of six Porsche works drivers, Porsche competes in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the USA and Canada. The 2015 championship winners Tandy and Pilet drive the #911 car, with the sister car (#912) shared by Bamber and Vanthoor. Joining these teams for the North American Endurance Cup are Makowiecki (#911) and Bruni (#912). The long-distance classics at Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Petit Le Mans count towards the North American Endurance Cup.
Jörg Bergmeister, Neel Jani, Patrick Long, André Lotterer and Dirk Werner are also members of the Porsche works driver squad, and will compete in various international racing series. Brendon Hartley contests the FIA Formula One World Championship for Red Bull Racing.
For this year’s youth development programme, Porsche provides support to four
Porsche Young Professionals and two Porsche Juniors. While Matteo Cairoli and Mathieu Jaminet gain experience as Porsche Young Professionals for another season, Matt Campbell and Dennis Olsen progress up the ladder to join them thanks to their successes in the Porsche one-make cups. Julien Andlauer and Thomas Preining receive backing as Porsche Juniors in their Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup campaign.