Fassbender makes ‘under the radar’ debut at Le Mans support race last weekend

Michael Fassbender (IRL), Porsche Motorsport,

Fassbender makes ‘under the radar’ debut at Le Mans support race

Local Hollywood actor Michael Fassbender made a surprise appearance at Le Mans last weekend as he continues his bid to compete in the legendary 24 hour race next June.

The Fossa man took part in an official Porsche Carrera Cup support race on Saturday morning which was run as a curtain raiser to the main event that got underway later that afternoon.

The Saturday morning race was run as a combined round of the German and French Porsche Carrera Cup championships to celebrate the series’ 30th anniversary.

Fassbender competed as the official VIP driver in a Porsche 911 GT3 supplied by Porsche AG in Germany.

It was his first taste of the legendary French track and is another step towards his goal of tackling the 24 Hours of Le Mans next season.

“I found it exciting to drive here for the first time. It rained before the race, so the track was really slippery. I spun on the formation lap, but that was a wake-up call for the race. I simply need a lot of track time to realise my dream of competing here with Porsche next year,” he said.

The famous actor crossed the finish line in 38th place in the 53-strong field.

Fassbender is contesting this year’s European Le Mans series with Dempsey-Proton Racing. The series is considered level three in his bid to tackle the famous French endurance race and now that he has gained valuable track time at the La Sarthe venue his dream has taken another step towards reality.

“It’s always wonderful to be able to tackle new projects. This is a very special one,” said Dempsey-Proton Racing team owner Christian Ried. “It’ll be interesting to see how Michael progresses. As a team, we’re delighted to be able to accompany him on his ‘Road to Le Mans’.”

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