The COVID-19 crisis has affected a lot of people in many ways, and Porsche Motorsport is not exempted from this crisis as they were forced to withdraw 2 of the 4 GTE Pro entries for the upcoming 2020 24 hours of Le Mans.
Stating the economic impact of the pandemic as the main reason of the withdrawal, the pair of full-season CORE autosports IMSA Porsche 911 RSR-19 will not be making it to La Sarthe. This leaves the full-season FIA WEC cars of car #91 and #92 as the factory representatives.
The additional drivers for the cars have yet to be formally confirmed but the current presumptions are that they will still remain in place. Joining car #91 of Gianmaria Bruni and Richard Lietz will be Fredric Makowiecki, while car #92 will see Laurens Vanthoor joining reigning World Champion GT drivers Kevin Estre and Michael Christensen.
With the withdrawal of two entries from Porsche, this had cut down the GTE Pro entry to nine cars. Porsche will have two entries, as well as Aston Martin Racing, AF Corse (Ferrari) and Corvette Racing. A sole Ferrari from Risi Competizione completes the line-up for the time being.
These two Porsches had become the second and third confirmed withdrawals after SRT41 ‘Garage 56’ postponing their Le Mans effort this year.