Fassbender’s Le Man’s ambitions take another turn
Three different but interlinked announcements in the last few weeks could help Michael Fassbender realise his ambitions of contesting the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year.
The local Hollywood A-lister has a long-held ambition to contest the legendary twice round the clock race.
Last year he contested the European Le Mans Series, the recognised feeder championship to the French race.
However, it was decided earlier this year that he would need more seat time ahead of his Le Mans debut and his team, Proton Racing, signed him for a second season of ELMS racing in a Porsche 911 RSR.
Earlier this month the organisers of the Le Mans race announced that they were delaying their event from its traditional mid-June date until August 20. They hope the later date will allow them attract spectators to the event after being forced to run behind closed doors last season.
As a result the French round of the ELMS championship was switched from its August date to June 4-6.
The 4 Hours of Le Castellet will now become Round 3 instead of Round 4, slotting into the schedule between Red Bull Ring (14-16 May) and Monza (9-11 July).
This gives Fassbender the opportunity to enter one extra race ahead of Le Mans which just might be enough to give him the extra preparation time he needs.
The Proton Racing team has secured three entries for the rescheduled World Endurance Championship race but has only named a full squad of three drivers for just two of their cars leaving another door open for the Fossa man.
The third car is entered by Proton-Dempsey,a collaboration between the German team another Hollywood A lister Patrick Dempsey.
The team boss Christian Ried has not ruled out the possibility of Fassbender sharing one of these cars at Le Mans.
“We plan to do one season more in ELMS for him [Fassbender] just to make him prepared for World Endurance Championship the year after,” Ried told sportscar365.com