Porsche returning to Le Mans in 2014

1 Jul

By Matt McCarron

Porsche 911 GT1: Courtesy Porsche North America

During the 24 Hours of Le Mans last month one might have noticed there was not much in the way of competition in the top-tier LMP1 sports prototype class. An Audi has claimed 10 of the last 12 overall wins at the world’s most prestigious endurance race. The other two overall wins went to Peugeot in 2009 and a Audi-powered Bentley in 2003. The last time Porsche took the overall at Le Mans was in 1998 when the 911 GT1, driven by Laurent Aïello, Allan McNish, and Stéphane Ortelli.

Despite 13 years passing since Porsche stood on top of the podium at the famed Circuit de la Sarthe Matthias Müller, President of the Executive Board at Porsche AG said it was only a matter of time before the most successful manufacturer in the history of the race returned to once again fight for the overall title.

“Porsche’s successes in Le Mans are unrivalled. We want to follow up on this with the 17th outright victory,” said Müller.

The return of Porsche Motorsport to the LMP1 class should add depth and variety to a class that has become more predictable in previous years. Audi and Peugeot will now have another serious competitor to contend with. More competition in a race like the 24 Hours of Le Mans is always a good thing, especially when the new competition includes a manufacturer with as storied history as Porsche.

Porsche 911 GT1 at Circuit de la Sarthe 1998: Courtesy Porsche North America

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