Le Mans 24 Hours: ProSpeed Porsche allowed to race with two drivers
|By Gary Watkins||Saturday, June 14th 2014, 07:33 GMT|
The rebuilt #79 ProSpeed Porsche has been allowed to take the start of the Le Mans 24 Hours today but only two drivers can race the car.
The stewards have given dispensation for the Porsche 911 GT3-RSR to start the race after being rebuilt around a new shell in the wake of Bret Curtis's accident in qualifying on Thursday.
Permission has not been given for Curtis's place in the driver line-up to be taken by Sebastien Crubile, who the team had hoped could qualify for the race in this morning's warm-up.
That means Jeroen Bleekemolen and Cooper MacNeil will be the only drivers in the car for the 24 Hours.
Because the car no longer has a bronze-rated driver in its line-up, as required by the regulations in GTE Am, it has been moved classes to GTE Pro.
Bleekmolen told AUTOSPORT: "The organisers said that they didn't want to take the risk of putting a bronze driver in for the race who hadn't done his night laps [which are required by the qualifying rules].
"It's going to be tough with two drivers, not so much for me because I would have done close the maximum [14 hours] anyway, but more for Cooper."
The rebuilt #79 Porsche has taken part in the warm-up, along with the #71 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia.
The Ferrari has been rebuilt around a new chassis, which was brought from Italy, and Pierre Kaffer, who qualified in the #60 car on Thursday night, will take James Calado's place.