Estre, Christensen and Lietz to defend Spa 24 Hours win with KCMG Porsche

Estre, Christensen and Lietz defend Spa’s 24-hour victory
The Porsche works drivers Kevin Estre, Michael Christensen and Richard Lietz will defend their 24-hour crown in Spa with the KCMG squad this month.
After winning the Belgian event with GPX Racing in 2019, the trio of regular players in the endurance world championship switched to one of the Porsche 911 GT3-Rs, which the Hong Kong participants for the newly planned core round of the GT World Challenge on 24th and 25th October has started.
Estre, Christensen and Lietz, all of whom won the GTE Pro title in the WEC, tested the KCMG at the official pre-event test last week and shared the only car the team drove on the second of the two days.
"It's good to be back to defend our crown with the three of us at Spa," said Estre.
"We said at the beginning of the year that we would like to come back and try to win it again, and Porsche always likes to keep its driver line-ups together.
"It will be very similar to last year when we only had one day of testing with a team that we didn't know we should prepare for the race."
KCMG's second car will be driven by Alexandre Imperatori, Edoardo Liberati and Josh Burdon, who raced together on the Nürburgring lap of the GTWCE Endurance Cup last month.
The GPX participant from Dubai, who entered the Pro class once in Spa last year, is driving two cars in GTWCE enduros this season and will contest Spa with a familiar line-up.
Estre, Christensen and Lietz defend Spa’s 24-hour victory
The works drivers Patrick Pilet, Mathieu Jaminet and Matt Campbell share a car as usual, while Louis Deletraz is making an appearance for the second time this season alongside Romain Dumas and Thomas Preining.
Dennis Olsen, who drove for the GPX at the Nürburgring, has switched to Frikadelli's Porsche squad and will drive alongside Timo Bernhard and Frederic Makowiecki.
The two-time 24-hour Le Mans winner, Bernhard, who already had plans for his own team to race at Spa in June, will make his second GTWCE appearance this season, although he announced his retirement from the cockpit late last year Has.
This year, Porsche will be numerically the strongest manufacturer in the Pro class at the 24 Hours of Spa.
The German brand has eight pro cars for the final launch announced on Friday. KCMG, GPX and Frikadelli are supported by GTWCE regulars Rowe Racing and Dinamic Motorsport.
The Pro class accounts for exactly half of the 56-car start for the Colon Spa Race, which will run at its traditional 24-hour duration after abandoning plans to add an hour to it.
Ten of the eleven manufacturers represented in the field have pro vehicles, and a total of 39 vehicles are registered to score points in the Intercontinental GT Challenge, of which Spa is the third round.
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