Could Michael Fassbender race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year – what we know so far 

Michael Fassbender has a long term ambition to race in the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans. 

Could the Fossa actor race in this year’s event in June? 

After three seasons in the European Le Mans series, which ended on a high last season when and he is team mates took their first podium in Portugal, the final round of the six-round season.

Fassbender finished fifth in the drivers’ standings last season – Cork man Matt Griifin was fourth and has raced at Le Mans several times.

While nothing has been confirmed by his team Proton Dempsey Racing a few pieces of a very large jigsaw have already found their place for the season ahead. 

Earlier this week the FIA World Endurance Championship revealed a provisional entry list. 

Le Mans is round three of the WEC which gets underway at Sebring on March 18.  

The classic French 24 hour race is set  June 11/12  comes after May 7’s Six Hours of Spa Francorchamps in Belgium.

Proton Dempsey Racing has secured two entries in the LM GTE-AM class, the category where Fassbender would race if he was to contest the WEC. 

Each of Proton Dempsey’s Porsche 911 RSR racercars  will have three drivers for each of the six rounds.

So far the lead driver in each car is confirmed, leaving two seats in each car that Fassbender could potentially occupy. 

Frenchman Julien Andlauer will drive the 88 car while team boss  Christian Ried (Germany) will drive the team’s lead 77 car. The two support drivers for each car have yet to be named. 

Fassbender’s teammate during the last two European Le Mans series, Richard Lietz, is listed as an official Porsche driver in the WEC potentially clearing the way for the Hollywood A lister to occupy one of the available four seats. Lietz shared fifth spot in the ELMS’ standings last year with Fassbender.

The ELMS has yet to announce its 2022 entry list but the opening two rounds of the season, Le Castellet Paul Ricard (April 17) and Imola (May 15) do not clash with WEC rounds. 

Time will tell, but for now Fassbender’s dream to race the 24 Hours of Le Mans remains very much alive. 


 

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