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Porsche RS Spyder to Compete at Le Mans 24 Hour Race

By Motortrend India Staff   |   26 February,2009

Two Porsche RS Spyder will participate at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hour Race which is held annually in France. The two teams that will use the cars are NAVI Team Goh from Japan and the Essex squad from Denmark. Porsche works drivers Sascha Maassen (Germany) and Emmanuel Collard (France) will support the teams in their campaign.

Maassen (39), who already piloted and won the RS Sypder last year in Le Mans, will contest the event for the NAVI Team Goh this year. His team will include experienced Seiji Ara from Japan who has raced the victory in 2004 and youngster Keisuke Kunimoto (Japan) who will be contesting at La Sarthe for the first time this year.

With the new norms and regulation required for the downsizing of the air-restrictors, the 3.4-litre V8 engine will now come with output of 440 bhp instead of 476. The car also carries few other modifications in the rear wing and the underbody that supports the new regulation changes.

The Essex team will have Emmanuel Collard (37), Casper Elgaard (30), and Kristian Poulsen (33) from Denmark. The team had secured second position in the LMP2 classification of the 24 hour event in 2008 and will race Michelin tyres for the first time. Both groups will conduct tests at the second round of the Le Mans Series in Spa on 10 May.

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