The customer project of the victorious Porsche RS Spyder moves into the next stage. Again, two teams will field a Porsche RS Spyder both at the Le Mans 24 this coming June 13 and 14. Keen to repeat the double victory of the RS Spyder in the MP2 class in 2008 are the NAVI Team Goh from Japan and the Essex squad from Denmark.
To assist the teams in their campaign are Porsche works drivers Sascha Maassen (Germany) and Emmanuel Collard (France). Maassen, who piloted a RS Spyder in Le Mans last year will contest the event for the Japanese team. Maassen's teammates are the experienced Seiji Ara (Japan) and the young Keisuke Kunimoto (Japan).
Back in 2004 Ara won the overall classification in Le Mans with the Goh team, while Kunimoto, a 20 year-old Formula 3 driver, contests the endurance classic at La Sarthe this year for the first time.
The RS Spyder of the team is the winning car from 2008 which the Japanese acquired from Van Merksteijn Motorsport. With the significant downsizing of the air restrictors required by new regulations, the 3.4-liter V8 powerplant now generates 440 hp instead of 476 hp.
The rear wing and the underbody have been revised to meet changes in the regulations. Tires for the competition will be provided by Michelin. The essex team will be composed by Emmanuel Collard, Casper Elgaard (Denmark) and Kristian Poulsen (Denmark) to pilot the Essex team.
The squad who attained second position in the LMP2 class of the 24 hour event last year, will race with Michelin tires for the first time. Both teams will carry out tests at the second round of the Le Mans Series on May 10 this year.