Pilet, Werner complete Porsche GTE Pro line-up for Le Mans

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Porsche has completed its GTE Pro line-up for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June after confirming Patrick Pilet and Dirk Werner as the third drivers for each of its cars at the endurance classic.

Porsche returns to the FIA World Endurance Championship’s GTE Pro class with a factory effort in 2017 after a year away, fielding a pair of new, mid-engined Porsche 911 RSRs.

The German marque had already confirmed Michael Christensen, Kevin Estre, Richard Lietz and Frederic Makowiecki in its No. 91 and 92 entries, with the quartet being firmed up for the full WEC season.

Porsche factory drivers Pilet and Werner will join them for Le Mans, racing in the No. 91 and 92 cars respectively. Pilet will team up with Christensen and Estre, with Werner joining Lietz and Makowiecki.

“Choosing the drivers for the most important race of the year was actually easy,” said head of Porsche motorsport Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser.

“Our driver squad is so strong we basically couldn’t make a mistake. Patrick Pilet and Dirk Werner are the perfect complement to our regular team members.

“It is definitely an advantage that they all know each other very well from the races in the USA. We’re in an excellent position for Le Mans with these drivers.”

Pilet, Werner and Makowiecki finished on the podium in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January as the mid-engined Porsche RSR 911 made its race debut, and currently sit fourth in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship standings.

Malcolm Stewart sidelined from Supercross by knee surgery for ‘extended duration’

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The knee injury that kept Malcolm Stewart from mounting up for Anaheim 2 will require surgery and he will be sidelined for “an extended duration” of the Monster Energy Supercross season, according to the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team.

“I just wanted to give you guys an update,” Stewart said on Instagram. “It’s not the news you guys want to hear, but I took a spill last week and hurt my knee pretty bad to the point that we’re going to have to get surgery done.

“I’m definitely bummed out about it; I felt we were riding pretty good and were just now starting to get the ball rolling, but it is what it is.”

Stewart’s season started with high expectations until accidents in the first two rounds left him 15th in the standings.

He ended 2022 on a high note, finishing a career high third in the Supercross standings. He then missed the start of the Pro Motocross season with another knee injury.

The 2023 season appeared to live up to his expectations. Despite back-to-back accidents, Stewart contended for podiums at both Anaheim 1 and San Diego. He won his heat at San Diego.

“It was very tough to receive the news that Malcolm will need to undergo knee surgery,” Nathan Ramsey, Team Manager for the Husqvarna team said in a press release. “He has worked so hard to be in a position to win races this year and I truly believe he was ready.

“The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing program will support him in every way that we can through his recovery and we can’t wait to get him back on track and back at the races.”

Stewart joins 250 rider Jalek Swoll on the sidelines after he broke an arm in a practice session. Swoll will be relieved by Talon Hawkins beginning this week at Houston, Texas.

A replacement rider has not been announced for Stewart, which means the focus shifts to his 450 teammate Christian Craig, who currently sits 12th in the standings with three top-15s in the opening rounds.