It was on the eve of the FIA World Endurance Championship official tests that Porsche unveiled its new 911 RSR. There were no guests or bling-bling presentation, but just a cozy ceremony with Hartmut Kristen, Olaf Manthey and the six Porsche AG Team Manthey drivers: Timo Bernhard, Romain Dumas, Patrick Pilet, Jörg Bergmeister, Richard Lietz and Marc Lieb. The german constructor is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its 911 in the best possible manner: with two cars entered in the World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Olaf Manthey and Richard Lietz
Olaf Manthey and Richard Lietz

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

Already a Le Mans winner in 1999 (GT) with his own team, Olaf Manthey is again looking to take home the spoils this June, even if the six works Porsche drivers will be up against tough competition. For Manthey, it's like a homecoming.

"I am very proud to be a part of the Porsche Motorsport family. We've had many adventures together, including a win in the GT class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1999. We also entered the 997 in an official capacity at the 24 Hours of Spa. It's time to renew our success with the new 991."

"We are taking part in the World Endurance Championship and we're not expecting an easy season. Everyone is working hard to be competitive and we've held several testing sessions, but that doesn't replace the real race. We had to put everything together but we're confident. Until now, we've been alone on the track, but we'll have our first impressions when we get to Silverstone."

Translation by Rainier Ehrhardt

Source: Laurent Mercier/Endurance-Info.com