Positive Covid tests sees Porsche pull drivers from 24-hour race

Porsche is sending no drivers from the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours to the upcoming Nurburgring 24-hour race due to three positive Covid tests

Porsche 911 racing at the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours

Porsche has withdrawn nine racing drivers who competed at the Le Mans 24 Hours from taking part in this weekend’s Nurburgring 24 Hours race in Germany.

The manufacturer is still taking part but in a much-reduced capacity.

The reason is because three people who worked at the Le Mans 24 Hours in France have tested positive for Covid-19.

Both the works Porsche Motorsport team and customer teams are affected.

Falken Motorsport Porsche at the N24

The popular Manthey-Racing #911 car, nicknamed ‘Grello’ by fans, has already been withdrawn entirely from the event.

Porsche had entered a total of six 911 GT3 R racers; the team is working with affected to teams to make sure the remaining cars can compete.

“People’s health comes first for us,” said Porsche Motorsport VP Fritz Enzinger.

“We put the needs of many ahead of our sporting goals.

“We’ll do everything we can to give our customer teams the best possible support in the upcoming race by providing operational personnel and available works drivers.”

Affected teams and drivers:

  • KCMG #18: Richard Lietz, Patrick Pilet, Romain Dumas
  • KCMG #19: Romain Dumas
  • Fricadelli Racing #31: Matt Campbell, Michael Christensen, Kevin Estre
  • Falken Motorsport #33: Thomas Preining
  • Falken Motorsport #44: Matteo Cairoli
  • Manthey-Racing #911: Julien Andlauer, Matt Campbell

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Richard Aucockhttps://www.motoringresearch.com/
Richard is director at Motoring Research. He has been with us since 2001, and has been a motoring journalist even longer. He won the IMCO Motoring Writer of the Future Award in 1996 and the acclaimed Sir William Lyons Award in 1998. Both awards are run by the Guild of Motoring Writers and Richard is currently chairman of the world's largest organisation for automotive media professionals. Richard is also a juror for World Car Awards and the UK juror for the AUTOBEST awards.

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