Friday proved to be a busy day for the Porsche PR department. If you missed all the news here's a quick recap:
- In the American Le Mans series, Joerg Bergmeister (Germany) and Patrick Long (USA) will defend their championship title with Flying Lizard Motorsports in the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.
- Alongside their teammates, Darren Law and Seth Nieman will pilot the 2nd of two 911 GT3 RSRs to be fielded by Flying Lizard Motorsports.
- Porsche works drivers Marc Lieb (Germany) and Richard Lietz (Austria) strive to defend their Le Mans Series (LMS) title in 2010 in the Felbermayr Proton 911 GT3 RSR.
- As in 2009, Porsche works driver Patrick Pilet (France) will once again support the IMSA Performance Matmut team at the wheel of a GT3 RSR in the LMS.
- Dirk Werner won the coveted Porsche Cup for the most successful driver of privately-entered race cars. In addition, and perhaps more importantly, Dirk received a new 911 GT3 for his efforts.
- Setting a new record with 13 podiums in 13 races Jeroen Bleekemolen not only won the title in the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup, he too took home a 911 GT3.
- Porsche confirmed their commitment to Motorsport in a statement by CEO Michael Macht, "Motorsport is a central element of our company’s DNA. And it will hold an important role in the future. I’m not the only one at Porsche to be tempted to race for overall victory again at the Le Mans 24 hour race."
Porsche Factory Drivers
Porsche supported 10 Factory drivers throughout the 2009 season. Today's announcements confirmed support for 5 of them. What about the rest? Most conspicuous in his absence was Wolf Henzler. The swift and sudden shakeup caused by the implosion at Farnbacher Loles leaves a hole big enough to drive a Panamera through. Where will Wolf end up? While not a Factory driver, Dirk Werner's 2009 partner and Grand Am GT class co-champion, Leh Keen, has already signed with Mazda and Dempsey Racing...
[Source: PCNA, Grand-Am]