Let’s face it: Laurens Vanthoor’s announcement at WeatherTech Racing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans is no surprise. It was an open secret that the Limburger teamed up with silver driver Cooper McNeil and his great friend Earl Bamber. The American team, which is receiving technical support from the Proton Competition, has finally confirmed what everyone has known for several weeks: The Belgian, the American and the New Zealander will make common cause in the #79 Porsche 911 RSR participating in the GTE-Pro.
Le Mans remains the main event of the year simply because it is the biggest race on the calendar. Laurens comments. “I’ve ridden a lot with Earl over the seasons. I haven’t raced a Cooper yet, but I’ve seen him in action and heard a lot of good things about him. Our Porsche 911 RSR is very good this year, based on what we learned in 2020. The car is solid. Really in WEC this season. I think we have a chance to do something really good in the race. I look forward to working with Cooper, Earl and the guys in the Proton competition hopefully for the Cup.”
In addition to the official Ferrari and Porsche cars, Laurens will also face his brother Dries who will also drive the 911 RSR, this car entered by HubAuto Racing. Teaming up with a semi-pro player, the double winner of the 24 Hours of Spa knows his chances of scoring class victories at Sarthe are lower than before. But you shouldn’t say “never”. After all, Cooper MacNeil did well at Sebring in March alongside pros Matt Campbell and Mathieu Jaminet, beating Corvettes and official BMWs…
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