Porsche 911 RSR No.57 Team Project 1 - 24H Le Mans 2020 J. Bleekemolen - F. Fraga - B. Keating
This is what Barbie's friend Ken's car would look like if he were a little richer. At Le Mans, the Porsche 911 in the LMGTE Am class certainly attracted attention with its striking looks. But what is the LMGTE Am category?
The Le Mans Grand Touring Endurance (LMGTE) category was created in 2011 and comprises road-going street cars from the most prestigious manufacturers (Aston Martin, BMW, Ferrari, Ford and Porsche). Only cars that are one year older than those used in LMGTE Pro can compete in LMGTE Am. It is also interesting to note that both professional and amateur drivers can compete in this category.
The LMGTE Am field for the 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans was quite large, even though neither Ford nor BMW were represented at the French event. This meant that the Ferrari, Porsche and Aston Martin cars were "no better" than the other teams. Team Project 1 entered with three Porsche 911s, the #57 car being driven by the trio of Jeroen Bleekemolen, Felipe Fraga and Ben Keating. The purple Porsche had a best time of 3:53.838 in qualifying, which saw them slip off the hyperpole and start from only 43rd place.
They then finished the Le Mans race in 40th place after completing 326 laps, which may not be a great number, but unlike many, they at least made it to the end. For GT car connoisseurs, this time it was Spark in 1/43rd scale that brought a real gem to the table, attracting attention more for its looks than its results.
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