Tuesday 21 February 2012

Dual programme for IMSA Performance Matmut team

Dual programme for IMSA Performance Matmut team
The IMSA Performance Matmut team, defending champions of LM GTE Am in the Le Mans Series, will defend his title with a Porsche 997 in 2012 and will run in parallel in the GT Open championship. The trophy awarded at the end of the Le Mans Series season granted an invitation to the LM GTE Am class for the next 24 Hours of Le Mans. The team based in Rouen, have a second car is on the list of reservists for LM GTE Pro.

The owner-driver Raymond Narac, who has a Porsche dealership in Rouen, will focus mainly GT Open (it will clash only the first two races of the European Le Mans Series) and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He will leave it up to Nicolas Armindo, with whom he won the title in the Le Mans Series, the task of defending the honours of the team in European Le Mans Series with Anthony Pons, who won the 'V de V' championship 2011. The three drivers will be gather at Le Mans in an attempt to repeat the victory of 2007. Patrick Pilet, Porsche factory driver, will support Raymond Narac in GT Open and is registered as a race driver of the reserve car in LM GTE Pro.

Nicolas Armindo, champion of the Porsche Carrera Cup in Germany in 2010, has ambitions for the 2012 season: “It is no secret that for everyone at IMSA Performance Matmut the priority remains the Le Mans 24 Hours. We have a very solid base after finishing fifth there with this car last year. We have in hand all the tools to show well at La Sarthe. In the course of a year I have raced at the Le Mans 24 Hours and, just a few weeks ago, the Daytona 24 Hours so I have learnt a lot on a personal basis. The team also operates at a fantastic level; remember the effort it put in to repair the car following free practice at last year’s Le Mans? Currently it’s one of the best GT teams around.”

The team from Rouen will run in LM GTE Am in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2012 with the Porsche 997 GT3 RSR that raced at Le Mans last year in LM GTE Pro.

Cecile Bonardel (according to team statement)

Photo: Le Mans (Sarthe, FRANCE), CIRCUIT OF 24 HOURS, 24 HOURS OF LE MANS, Saturday, June 11, 2011, WARM-UP. The IMSA Performance Matmut car that raced the Le Mans 24 Hours 2011 in LM GTE Pro, will return to La Sarthe in 2012, but in LM GTE Am
Photo : Pascal Saivet - P.SAIVET/VSC Pictures

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