Porsche has announced the twelve works drivers for the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2020.
The two FIA World Endurance Championship crews will remain unchanged, with Gianmaria Bruni and Richard Lietz as the two full-season drivers, getting help from Fred Makowiecki, while Michael Christensen and Kevin Estre in #92 once again will be joined by Laurens Vanthoor. Those three drivers won the GTE Pro category in 2018 in the famous Pink Pig 911 RSR
The drivers from IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will drive car #93 in the shape of Nick Tandy and Earl Bamber, who will pair up with Matt Campbell. Tandy and Bamber don’t usually share the car in the USA, but since Vanthoor is in #92, Porsche has chosen to put these two strong cards together with Campbell, who was the third driver to Tandy and Makowiecki at the 24 Hours of Daytona in January.
Car #94 will be an all-French affair. Patrick Pilet will be mentor for Julien Andlauer and Mathieu Jaminet, who are two of the younger drivers in the Porsche programme. Both have, however, done the race before – with Andlauer winning the GTE Am category in 2018.
It was a Porsche 1-2 in GTE Pro in 2018, with the 2019 finishing positions being second and third places. The German brand, of course, has a dream of filling up all three podium positions, but that is really tough in the close GTE Pro category. It’s not unusual for all brands to be fighting bumper to bumper throughout the majority of the race, until somebody hits an unlucky Safety Car period, or a program or mistake during a pitstop.
The 2020 edition of the race will run on 13-14 June.