Fassbender’s Road to Le Mans
Michael Fassbender’s first race for the Proton Competition team did not net the desired results after he was forced off the track by a rival competitor.
The local Hollywood A lister was contesting his first European Le Mans Series event for the German Porsche team at the Paul Ricard Circuit in France on Sunday July 19.
The five-round European series is part of the Fossa man’s final preparations ahead of his debut in the famed Le Mans 24 Hour Race next June.
Sunday’s four-hour endurance race was the first of five rounds that Fassbender and his two team mates (factory drivers Richard Lietz and Felipe Fernandez Laser) will tackle this season.
They will be disappointed with Sunday’s result, they finished 27th overall and seventh in the LM GTE class after Fassbender’s coming together with a frontrunner in the LMP3 class.
“On lap 21, the number 93 Proton Competition Porsche of Michael Fassbender had to brake hard going in to Turn1 when the Number 8 Realteam Racing Ligier cut across after passing him in the braking zone. The Porsche spun-off into the barriers and had to limp back to the pits to repairs the damage. The Number 8 Ligier was later given a drive through penalty for causing the accident,” an event statement said.
Fassbender’s next outing in the series is the Four Hours of Spa Francochamps in Belgium on August 9.
Versions of this article originally appeared in the Kerryman and The Killarney Advertiser. Kerry Motorsport News is the motorsport content provider to both weekly titles.