Porsche confirms 2018-19 WEC line-up, four-car Le Mans GTE-Pro entry

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Porsche has confirmed its factory GTE line-up for the 2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship “super season,” including a four-car entry to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June.

Following the closure of its LMP1 program at the end of the 2017 season, Porsche’s GT interests will become the priority for the new season, starting with the 6 Hours of Spa in May.

Porsche confirmed at its Night of Champions event on Saturday in Germany it would be tweaking its GTE-Pro line-up for the new season, with Frederic Makowiecki being moved over to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for the North American Endurance Cup events.

His seat will be taken by WEC veteran Gianmaria Bruni, who will return to the series after serving his gardening leave since leaving Ferrari.

Bruni will partner Richard Lietz in the No. 91 Porsche 911 RSR, while Michael Christensen and Kevin Estre will once again share the No. 92 Porsche entry.

For the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June, Porsche will field four factory entries in the GTE-Pro class as its pair of IMSA cars hops across the Atlantic for the race.

Makowiecki will return to the No. 91 Porsche for Le Mans alongside Bruni and Lietz, while Laurens Vanthoor will join Christensen and Estre at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

Patrick Pilet will be joined by recently-exited LMP1 drivers Nick Tandy and Earl Bamber in the No. 93 Porsche entry, with Le Mans winners Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas joining Sven Muller in the No. 94 car.

Porsche also confirmed interest from customer teams in fielding a 2017-spec Porsche 911 RSR in the GTE-Am class of the WEC next year, with seven cars being sold for the WEC, Le Mans and European Le Mans Series.