Fassbender’s European championship – take two
Michael Fassbender will return the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) for a second season this year.
The local Hollywood A Lister, and now professional racing driver, contested all rounds of last year’s championship as part of his preparation to enter the world-famous 24 Hours of Le Mans this June.
He is currently racing for the Germany-based Proton Competition Team and receives backing from Porsche.
Fassbender and his teammates Felipe Laser and Richard Lietz finished sixth in the series but a sister Proton Competition Porsche 911 GT RSR driven by Allessio Picariello, Christian Ried and Michele Beretta won the GT class.
The classic twice around the clock race is a round of the World Endurance Racing Championship and Fassbender’soriginal plan was to step up this series after a year in Europe.
However, he has decided to return to the European series for another year after not meeting the targets he set himself last year.
“It feels really good to be going back into this series, to know what I am going into, all the new things will be really familiar to me,” he said.
The decision to return to the ELMS for 2021 has not eliminated his chances of appearing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year. He drove in a support race there last season and teams often recruit additional drivers for the main event.
The 2021 European Le Mans Series will get underway in Barcelona on April 18.
This article was originally published in the Killarney Advertiser. Kerry Motorsport News is the motorsport content provider for the Killarney Advertiser.