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The Porsche Car­rera Cup GB will re­turn to Le Mans next sea­son af­ter its 2017 cal­en­dar has been un­veiled.

The ma­jor change is a race on the 24-Hours sup­port bill at La Sarthe next June as part of a com­bined 61-car con­test for GB, French and Benelux Car­rera Cup com­peti­tors. It is the first time the se­ries has raced at the track since 2014.

Porsche GB mo­tor­sport man­ager James Mac­naughton said: “From all of the things we dis­cussed with the teams and driv­ers [about 2017] on Fri­day it [Le Mans re­turn] is what ev­ery­one seems to be in­cred­i­bly ex­cited about.

“It de­vel­ops all the links with top in­ter­na­tional mo­tor­sport that have proved so suc­cess­ful this sea­son and puts many of our driv­ers within a stone’s throw of where they ul­ti­mately as­pire to be.

“We have got the feel­ing this week­end that teams and driv­ers are re­ally happy with the cham­pi­onship and that it gives them what they want.”

The 2017 sea­son will com­prise 15 races and will again run as part of the TOCA pack­age for seven of its 10 week­ends. In­stead of vis­it­ing Croft, the Car­rera Cup will go to Don­ing­ton Park for the first time since 2014, and the Le­ices­ter­shire week­end will fea­ture an ex­tended 40-minute race.

Pho­tos: Jakob Ebrey

Car­rera Cup raced at Le Mans in 2014

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