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WEC Le Mans 24h - Five in a row... now with two cars
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 07:27

24 HOURS OF LE MANS:FIVE IN A ROW FOR PROSPEED COMPETITION… NOW WITH TWO CARS

ProSpeed LeMans24h 2010 75Porsche911GT3RSR RaceTONGEREN (BEL) – For the fifth consecutive year the Belgian ProSpeed Competition team will be competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Le Mans race is one of the three biggest world motorsport meetings. This 83rd edition will be held on the Le Mans circuit, in the heart of La Sarthe (FRA) on the 14th and 15th June coming. ProSpeed Competition will be entering two cars, two Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, which includes the #75 regularly competing in the World Endurance Championship. The on-going presence of this Belgian team at such a level clearly justifies the choices made by Luc Goris and Rudi Penders for the ProSpeed Competition organisation. The history of the 24 hours of Le Mans and that of Belgian motorsport are closely linked. ProSpeed Competition’s signature will appear in the large register where, in golden letters, the names of Jacky Ickx, Olivier Gendebien… as also those of Luigi Racing, the Ecurie Nationale Belge teams and Compagnie Nationale Excelsior also feature.

ProSpeed LeMans24h 2012 75Porsche911GT3RSR RaceSince sponsoring has now replaced the colours of national teams, at the dawn of the seventies, never had a Belgian competition team competed five years in a row at these 24 Hours of Le Mans. Today ProSpeed Competition’s performance is doubling up, with a new feat. The Tongeren-based team will be entering two cars for this “2014” edition, namely two Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.

Le Mans is an exceptional race, where the world cream of the endurance racing world, both teams and drivers are present. The facts and figures speak for themselves, with TV coverage in more than 100 countries, in excess of 250,000 spectators and more than one thousand accredited journalists. As such Le Mans is a true legend where tradition is closely linked to the future, as shown by the battle for overall victory between the prototypes of various makes, amongst which Porsche, all fitted with the most modern hybrid technology. Racing at Le Mans is a precursor of the car of tomorrow. It therefore goes without saying that for constructors and makes alike Le Mans is a brilliant marketing platform.

Rudi Penders (ProSpeed Competition Team Principal)

“A professional motorsport team is not like any other commercial company. Traditionally a company’s success hinges around four main players: a product, a price, a client and a manufacturing process. In a “motorsport” environment the actors are far more numerous: around the drivers and the cars one has the team members, a constructor, the technical partners, the promoters, the race tracks and the commercial partners. The relationships and the interdependencies are numerous! My role as the head of the organisation is to ensure that all these actors can, on a daily basis work together and develop “long term” projects. As such to be able to bring the ProSpeed Competition organisation up into these modern times is a true satisfaction. But I also know, better than anyone else, that nothing is final. ProSpeed Competition is structured around five pillars. The “racing team” department is the showcase around which an “automotive engineering” department, a “racing services” workshop, a “ competition parts “ warehouse and our “marketing & events” sector gravitate. All, in their own way, play an active role in the company’s financial stability.”

Luc Goris (ProSpeed Competition Technical Director)

“ProSpeed Competition blijft trouw aan zijn waarden en wij streven er vandaag naar om ProSpeed Competition remains true to its values and this is why we, today, are a well regarded company at an international level. Our privileged relations with Porsche Motorsport or Michelin Competition are, as an example, two embodiments of our philosophy. The savoir-faire and our staff’s technical competences are a fact. However aside from that we have always brought our drivers up to higher levels. The 24 Hours of Le Mans is an event where the “ Gentlemen Drivers” have always rubbed shoulders with the professional drivers. It’s therefore logical to find ProSpeed Competition at the start.”

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