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Double Porsche assault on LMP2

Porsche has revealed that it will have two teams for fighting for honours in the LMP2 class of the Le Mans 24 Hours this summer.

Team Essex was already confirmed as an entrant after taking up its automatic entry into the race and has confirmed its plans for the season ahead this week after it initially appeared that the team would close ahead of 2009.

Porsche factory driver Emmanuel Collard will join Casper Elgaard and Kristian Poulsen as the team looks to go one better than twelve months ago, when it finished second to the van Merksteijn Motorsport Spyder.

While the Dutch team won't return this season after turning its focus to the WRC, the winning car from 2008 will be back at La Sarthe after being acquired by the Japanese outfit NAVI Team Goh.

The team, which took overall honours with an Audi R8 back in 2004, will benefit from the addition of Porsche works driver Sascha Maassen to its line-up for the race, with the German coming in alongside Seiji Ara and Keisuke Kunimoto for the race.

Both teams are set to compete in the Spa 1000km ahead of Le Mans as something of a pre-event 'test'.

“I'm very pleased that, with Goh and Essex, we have two highly professional customer teams contesting Le Mans with a Porsche RS Spyder,” Porsche's head of motorsport Hartmut Kristen said. “Setting the quickest lap times of all LMP2 cars last year, the vehicle underlined its reliability and had the best efficiency of all participating sports prototypes.

“We have modified the cars to comply with the new technical regulations and I'm sure that both RS Spyder will again be very competitive in the LMP2 class.”


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