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Porsche wheels out the big guns

- GARY WATKINS

World Endurance Championsh­ip points leaders Kevin Estre and Laurens Vanthoor are among the Porsche drivers to join the entry for next month’s centenary Spa 24 Hours. The German manufactur­er has stacked additional entries for the double-points GT World Challenge

Europe Endurance Cup round with stars from its factory roster.

Estre and Vanthoor, who have been on the podium every time out in the WEC so far alongside Andre Lotterer with Porsche Penske Motorsport, will contest the Belgian enduro on 29-30 June in a 911 GT3-R fielded by Taiwanese entrant Hubauto Racing. The Spa winners of 2019 (Estre) and 2014 and 2020 (Vanthoor) will be joined in the car, fielded with backing from Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific, by 2015 IMSA Sportscar Championsh­ip GT Le Mans title winner Patrick Pilet.

Two-time Le Mans 24 Hours participan­t Hubauto, which doesn’t have a full programme in 2024, is returning to Spa for the first time since it fielded a Mercedesam­g GT3 in 2021. Logistical support for its entry will be provided by Manthey Racing.

Two more members of the WEC Hypercar squad will join SSR Performanc­e on its return to the Porsche fold after switching to Lamborghin­i for its 2023

DTM campaign. Frederic Makowiecki and Matt Campbell will drive a 911, run in conjunctio­n with Herberth Motorsport, with Mathieu Jaminet, who is taking time off from his IMSA GTP assault with PPM.

Reigning DTM champion Thomas Preining will take in Spa with Chinese entrant Phantom Global Racing, which has linked up with two-time Le Mans winner Timo Bernhard’s Team 75. The Austrian will race alongside another DTM race winner, Joel Eriksson, and Supercars racer Jaxon Evans. The Swede and Aussie are both racing for Phantom in GTWC

Asia and were part of its Bathurst 12

Hour assault in February, like Spa part of the Interconti­nental GT Challenge, and which yielded a fourth-place finish.

 ?? ?? Vanthoor claimed his second Spa 24 Hours victory in 2020
Vanthoor claimed his second Spa 24 Hours victory in 2020

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