With the absence of Porsche’s RS Spyder LMP2 sports cars competing this year, Audi has recruited Porsche’s top two Le Mans drivers to compete in the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Driving a Porshe RS Spyder Timo Bernhard (28, from Germany) and Romain Dumas (31, from France) were the most successful driver pairing in the LMP2 class of the American Le Mans Series in the last three years. The duo claimed nine overall wins for Porsche and won the LMP2 title two times in a row.
Audi Sport Team Joest is trying to reinforce its driver lineup after Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro retired after Le Mans last year. The two Porsche factory drivers should be a good addition to the team’s already fortified lineup. “Without a doubt, Timo and Romain rank among the world’s best sports car drivers,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich.
The two new Audi drivers have both raced at the famous Circuit de la Sarthe before. Bernhard has contested the race three times and won in the GT class at his Le Mans debut. Dumas has started from the grid eight times and finished third overall in an LMP1 car fielded by the Pescarolo team in 2007.
“Winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans is any sports car driver’s dream, that’s why we are extremely happy about the opportunity to contest Le Mans for Audi,” said both Bernhard and Dumas. “Both of us are really excited and looking forward to the Audi R15 TDI.”
The driver combinations of the total nine Audi drivers for the 24 Hours of Le Mans have yet to be decided. The famous French race takes place on June 13th and 14th.