Porsche has decided to send only a reduced number of participants to tackle the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring. This affects the factory-contracted racing drivers as well as members of Porsche Motorsport and Manthey-Racing who worked at the 24 Hours of Le Mans last weekend. The reason behind this decision is that three people have returned positive tests for COVID-19. Porsche had the routine tests done on Sunday at Le Mans.
The precautionary decision was made in consultation with the Robert Koch Institute. This involves a total of nine racing drivers who were to drive the six 911 GT3 R of four customer teams this coming weekend and means that the No. 911 Manthey-Racing car, dubbed “Grello” by fans, cannot be fielded. Porsche is in discussions with the affected teams to look for solutions so that the remaining 911 GT3 R can compete. More details to follow shortly.
Fritz Enzinger (Vice President Motorsport): “People’s health comes first for us. Given the current situation, it’s very clear to us that we put the needs of many ahead of our sporting goals. We’ll do everything we can to give our customer teams the best possible support in the upcoming race by providing operational personnel and available works drivers.”
Nicolas Raeder (Managing Director Manthey-Racing GmbH): “We made this decision with Porsche Motorsport. We, our ,Grello‘ and the Nordschleife belong together. But under the circumstances, it’s obvious to us all at Manthey-Racing that the health of everyone involved in the 24-hour race takes priority.”
Affected Porsche customer teams and drivers:
KCMG (#18): Richard Lietz, Patrick Pilet, Romain Dumas
KCMG (#19): Romain Dumas
Frikadelli Racing (#31): Matt Campbell, Michael Christensen, Kévin Estre
Falken Motorsport (#33): Thomas Preining
Falken Motorsport (#44): Matteo Cairoli
Manthey-Racing (#911): Julien Andlauer, Matt Campbell
As a precautionary measure, Porsche Motorsport will not be sending any of its team members who were in Le Mans for the Nürburgring 24 Hours. This ruling will also apply to the upcoming race in North America. Factory drivers Laurens Vanthoor from Belgium, Frédéric Makowiecki from France and British driver Nick Tandy all competed in Le Mans. Porsche will be back in the competition for the eighths race of the season at Charlotte on 10 October.
“Based on yesterday’s decision that no employee or racing driver of our Le Mans team will participate in the Nürburgring 24 Hours, we have today decided that this ruling will also apply to the upcoming IWSC race in Mid-Ohio. This means that Laurens, Nick and Fred will not be travelling to the USA,” said Fritz Enzinger, Vice President Motorsport. “This is very regrettable, but we would like to emphasise that in this case as well the health of all those concerned is the prime focus of the decisions we have taken.”
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