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Old 1 Nov 2011, 11:29 (Ref:2980079)   #361
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So what you are saying, is you would prefer a semi-pro team to lead Porsche's charge, instead of a pro team?
No , I saying I would rather see another pro team run the programe for Porsche ..... Champion spring to mind for example .
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Old 28 Dec 2011, 07:08 (Ref:3004716)   #362
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Porsche Motorsport have expanded their 2012 driver program:

As part of the program Porsche provides a significant portion of the seasonal budget for the young pilot’s team. Along with the financial assistance comes a coach to assist in training both on and off the track. - Porsche Purist

“For us, supporting talented youngsters is an investment in the future. In line with our LMP1 project we want to expand our driver line up. After all, aside from our works commitment in prototype racing, we don’t want to neglect our GT racing activities and we also want to support our customer teams with works drivers in the future,” says Hartmut Kristen, Head of Porsche Motorsport.
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Old 28 Dec 2011, 14:10 (Ref:3004814)   #363
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Old 28 Dec 2011, 14:30 (Ref:3004820)   #364
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I am intrigued to find out what the driver line up will be for the LMP1 project. I of course, have my suspicions (like anyone else), but I look forward to seeing if they are confirmed.
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Old 28 Dec 2011, 15:38 (Ref:3004844)   #365
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Porsche Motorsport have expanded their 2012 driver program:

As part of the program Porsche provides a significant portion of the seasonal budget for the young pilot’s team. Along with the financial assistance comes a coach to assist in training both on and off the track. - Porsche Purist

“For us, supporting talented youngsters is an investment in the future. In line with our LMP1 project we want to expand our driver line up. After all, aside from our works commitment in prototype racing, we don’t want to neglect our GT racing activities and we also want to support our customer teams with works drivers in the future,” says Hartmut Kristen, Head of Porsche Motorsport.
That's pretty decent news. Hopefully it provides an opportunity for some of the younger guys that would have faced difficulty gaining an otherwise locked down factory seat.
Considering they'll likely have three factory entries at LM, there's still a lot of recruiting to be done between the present - 2014.

I'm betting Ragginger's first to be bumped up to an official factory seat.
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Old 28 Dec 2011, 15:41 (Ref:3004845)   #366
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Im sure Lieb will be in the line up , happy days .
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Old 28 Dec 2011, 16:16 (Ref:3004858)   #367
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Ok -So here are my forecast for a possible scenario:


Bernhard/Dumas A shoe in.
Lieb/ Lietz (I'm not sure how much single seater or LMP experience they currently have , so this may not be as clear cut as it seems. They will have to prove to be quick at the wheel of the LMP's

Long/ Bergmeister ( The same applies to Bergmeister as above. In addition he has the issue of "size")

These will be supported in longer races by Pillet, Ragginger and Henzler. These will have to fight with Holzer to see which is the quickest.

I heard the other day (I think it was Hindy) that when Porsche were developing the RS Spyder, they found that some of their quick GT drivers were as much as 5 seconds off the pace when driving a LMP car, due to their lack of single seater experience.

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Old 28 Dec 2011, 16:28 (Ref:3004866)   #368
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Lieb was the development driver for the RS Spyder , so Im sure he knows well how to peddle one .

Bernhard-Dumas ..... I can see them in the picture , agree with Bregmeister about the height issue .

But , I cant see all their GT drivers going P1 . Some of them will have to stay with GT I expect , and they now need to hire young blood , get them trained up for when they need to support a P1 and GT effort , along with everything else .
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I thought the main test driver for the RS Spyder was Maassen.
I'm sure they all did some testing though.
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I thought the main test driver for the RS Spyder was Maassen.
I'm sure they all did some testing though.
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I thought the main test driver for the RS Spyder was Maassen.
It was.
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Lieb had a hand in it too .
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Bergmeister was quite fast with the DP @ Daytona last year. His height shouldn't be an issue considering that Wurz has been driving the 908.
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I really don't think it's cut and dry that Porsche will plug their existing drivers into the LMP1.

I'd expect a fairly aggressive recruitment campaign and some big names in the mix. A crack at a World Championship representing Porsche is a big honour.

If Porsche did want to bring up their guys they would need to farm them out to other LMP teams to gain experience IMO starting now. Similar to what Pug arranged with Vernay. This season has shown the need for heightened racecraft when onboard these machines.
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Bergmeister was quite fast with the DP @ Daytona last year. His height shouldn't be an issue considering that Wurz has been driving the 908.
Bergmeister is considerably larger than Wurz. He is 194 cm, Wurz 186 cm and Lotterer 184 cm.

Moreover, ideally drivers are paired with similar height. That might be an issue for Bergmeister.
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