Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific’s drivers and teams are set to take on the 74th running of the TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa this weekend, the biggest GT race on the planet.
Hong Kong-based KCMG return for a third effort at the race with Porsche. Dennis Olsen, Laurens Vanthoor and Nick Tandy form a strong driver line-up, with all three previously racing for KCMG this year. Olsen and Vanthoor took a podium finish for the team at their maiden Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, while 2020 24 Hours of Spa winner Tandy joined the Norwegian at the Nürburgring 24 Hours in May.
Singha Racing Team TP 12 will enter the #39 Porsche 911 GT3 R in the Pro-Am Cup. Two-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Earl Bamber will be joined by Piti Bhirombhakdi, with the pair previously teaming up in their victorious 2021 Thailand Super Series campaign. GT World Challenge Asia podium finisher Tanart Sathienthirakul and Frenchman Christophe Hamon complete the line-up.
Grove Racing will make their 24 Hours of Spa debut in the Earl Bamber Motorsport-supported #16 machine. Father-and-son duo Stephen and Brenton Grove will share the car with Malaysian driver Adrian D’Silva and 19-year-old New Zealander Matt Payne.
Hong Kong-based racer Antares Au returns for his third effort at the twice-around-the-clock race. Au will be joined by Kevin Tse, Dylan Pereira and Jaxon Evans in the #9 Herberth Motorsport car.
Also with the German team, 2020-21 Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific Selected Driver Alessio Picariello will take on the event in the #24 car, alongside Swiss driver Niki Leutwiler and German pair Stefan Aust and Nico Menzel.
Hosted at the incredible Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, the race is among the toughest on the motorsport calendar. The 7.004-kilometre track weaves through the Ardennes forest, featuring famous corners such as Eau Rouge, Pouhon and Blanchimont. The event is always threatened by the chance of adverse weather, with rain usually a factor.
Porsche is the second most successful manufacturer at the 24 Hours of Spa, with eight overall victories, including two in the last three years. 12 Porsche entries will take on this year’s race, with five of those in the top Pro class.
Laurens Vanthoor, #47 KCMG Porsche 911 GT3 R: “The 24 Hours of Spa is always an important event for me as it’s my only home race all year. It’s also one of the four big 24-hour enduros on the calendar, and the last one this season. We’ve been really close to success as a team so far this year, and I think it’s time to go one step higher and get the victory at Spa. It would be a little bit of redemption for Daytona after just missing out on the win there in January, so we’ll be aiming to do our best. The test went really smoothly, and we have all the ingredients to go for a big result. It’s going to be a long week and a challenging race, but we’ll do our best and target the podium.”
Nick Tandy, #47 KCMG Porsche 911 GT3 R: “Spa is a classic test of man and machine, for 24 long hours. I’ve been lucky enough to finish inside the top five at the previous three editions of this event, and the aim this year is to improve on our fifth-place with KCMG in 2021, and go for the win. The weekend is one of the toughest on the calendar because the circuit is so demanding, plus there are so many cars out there, all usually with the same pace. Mix in the famous weather that can come and go in Belgium and it makes this week one of the most challenging of all.”
Dennis Olsen, #47 KCMG Porsche 911 GT3 R: “We had a great Official Test last month and everything went smoothly throughout the two days. Spa is a special race where anything can happen in terms of weather, but we have a great team behind us to make the right calls at the right times. I’m really happy to be sharing the car with Nick and Laurens, two extremely experienced and fast drivers, so I can’t wait to get started!”
Alexandre Gibot, Managing Director Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific Ltd.: “Spa is always a fantastic race to watch and it’s going to be even better this year with so many Porsche teams and drivers from the Asia Pacific region. It’s brilliant to have the likes of KCMG, Alessio and Antares return to the event with Porsche. We’ve also got Grove Racing, supported by Earl Bamber Motorsport, and EMA Motorsport making their first 24 Hours of Spa appearances, along with Singha Racing Team and Thai duo Tanart Sathienthirakul and Piti Bhirombhakdi, which is extremely exciting. Best of luck to all of those competing in the race this weekend and I look forward to following all the action!”