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Porsche will be looking to relive its former 24 Hours of Le Mans glory next year, with the automaker from Stuttgart set to make a return to the premier LMP1 category.
Porsche will race at Le Mans this year in the GTE Class using its 911 RSR, but its full assault doesn’t start until next year.
Today, the first two drivers for Porsche's LMP1 campaign have been confirmed as Timo Bernhard of Germany and Romain Dumas of France. Both are previous overall winners of Le Mans.
They will drive Porsche’s new LMP1 prototype in the full 2014 World Endurance Championship as well as the 24 Hours of Le Mans race.
The race car is still in development but should be ready for initial testing later this year. Overseeing the project is Fritz Enzinger, who reports to Porsche motorsport chief Hartmut Kristen.Timo Bernhard comes from the Porsche junior driver development program and in 2010 won the classic endurance race at Le Mans driving for Audi. He’s also proven successful in 24-hour races at Daytona and the Nürburgring.
Romain Dumas joined the circle of Porsche factory drivers in 2004. He drove together with Bernhard in Audi’s 2010 campaign and contested the event 12 times already.
Porsche is keeping quiet on who it will pick for the remainder of the squad, although Porsche R&D boss Wolfgang Hatz recently quashed rumors of Formula One driver Mark Webber joining.