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Patrick Dempsey Contests World Endurance Championship with Porsche

The successful partnership with the US race driver and actor continues in 2015

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Patrick Dempsey will tackle the 2015 motorsport season at the wheel of a Porsche 911 RSR in the Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC, including the world famous Le Mans 24-hour race. The American actor and race driver, who thrills fans all over the world in his role as “McDreamy” in the medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy”, has been following his passion for racing since 2013 as a member of the Porsche motorsport family. With the expanded race program, the successful alliance between Porsche and Patrick Dempsey will continue.

“I’m already looking forward to 2015, and I’m proud to be able to contest the entire WEC as well as Le Mans with a Porsche,” said Patrick Dempsey at the launch of the program on Wednesday at the Los Angeles Motor Show. “Porsche’s experience in long distance racing is invaluable. Porsche was winning sports car races before I was even born. As a childhood fan of Porsche, I grew up with their successes at Le Mans, Daytona, and the Targa Florio. There are moments when I simply cannot believe that I am now a member of this great team.”

Patrick Dempsey will compete in the races of the Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC with the Porsche customer team Dempsey Proton Racing in the GTE-Am class. One of his teammates will be the experienced Porsche works driver Patrick Long (USA), whom he also trains with away from the race tracks. Both men are residents of California. In addition to the WEC races, guest appearances in Porsche’s brand trophy series such as the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup as support to the Formula One races are also planned.

During his first season with Porsche, Patrick Dempsey scored fourth place in the GTE-Am class at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2013 with the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. In addition, he moved up two podium placings in the American Le Mans Series, taking home second from Laguna Seca and third from Austin. The highlights of the 2014 season included fifth place at Le Mans in a Porsche 911 RSR as well as a podium spot at the new Tudor United SportsCar Championship round at the Virginia International Raceway, where he finished third driving a Porsche 911 GT America.

“We look forward to an exciting 2015 season with Patrick Dempsey and to the continuation of our successful partnership,” said Bernhard Maier, Porsche AG Board Member for Sales and Marketing, at the Los Angeles Motor Show. “Before he drove his first race with Porsche the world knew him primarily as an actor. Over the last two years we’ve come to know him as a passionate race driver who embodies the professionalism and amiability that makes the Porsche motorsport family what it is. Now we are full of anticipation for more successes together.”

“Customer sport enjoys a high priority at Porsche,” affirms Porsche Head of Motorsport Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser. “For this reason we’re pleased to support Patrick Dempsey and the Dempsey Proton Racing team by providing one of our most successful and experienced works driver. Patrick Long and Patrick Dempsey have already contested several races together and they complement each other perfectly.”

Super Trofeo heads towards Sepang

Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo heads towards Sepang (Malaysia) for the World Final, with an expected 42-carrecord grid, and for the conclusion of the Europe and Asia Series.Round 5-6: Watkins Glen 2014 355556Sant’Agata Bolognese, 17 November2014. The weekend of 20-23 November will be a full one in Sepang for Automobili Lamborghini, with the final rounds of the European and Asian Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo – the World Final of all three series including North America. Followed by the dynamic launch of the Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo race car.

Opening the weekend’s racing at their sixth and final venue for both, are the European and Asian series. Qualifying for each series takes place on Thursday 20 November with all sixth round, 50-minute races on Friday, plus free practice sessions for the North American series drivers.

If the final standings have already been decided in the Asian Super Trofeo, in the European series the PRO and AM titles are both still there for the taking. The PRO leader Jeroen Mul, with five race wins under his belt this season, will have to defend his five-point lead over the Milos Pavlovic-Edoardo Piscopoduo (four wins).  A more reassuring 26-point margin puts the AM crown within easier reach for Simone Pellegrinelli over Shota Abkhazava.

On Saturday 22 November the protagonists from all three series – Europe,  Asia and North America – come together for the World Final qualifying, followed by two 50-minute races on Sunday with a record 42-strong grid of Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo race cars.

In last year’s first edition of the World Final in Vallelunga, the American Andrew Palmer proved best with the Italian Alberto Viberti taking the AM title. This year watch out for the Italian Max Wiser, who is the new PRO-AM Asia Champion: Wiser already has experience of racing in Sepang and will compete in the PRO Class in the World Final.

The spotlight is also on the European protagonists, among them the current PRO Class leader, Dutchman Jeroen Mul racing with Automobili Lamborghini Racing Team Germany. He will be used to the tough competition from the Serbian/Italian Bonaldi Motorsport duo Piscopo and Pavlovic who raced alongside him this year in Europe. There’s strong potential also from the Autocarrozzeria Imperiale drivers Andrea Amici (2013 PRO-AM European winner), and Viberti Giovanni Venturini and Gerald Tweraser will be lining up in the GRT Grasser Racing Teamcar, while Mirko Bortolotti (Bonaldi Motorsport), who has raced the whole European season along with gentlemen in the PRO-AM Class, will race solo in the World Final’s PRO category.

An exciting PRO class entrant from the North American Series is Richard Antinucci, nephew of former F1 driver and Indy 500 winner Eddie Cheever. Antinucci will race in the No. 69 entry fielded by O’Gara Motorsports representing Lamborghini Beverly Hills.

In the PRO-AM Class, a spirited entry comes for sure from the new 18year-old Italian European PRO-AM winner Alberto Di Folco (Autocarrozzeria Imperiale). Bonaldi Motorsport will once more line up the strong Italian/Ecuadorian duo Andrea Ceccato-Sebastian Merchan. There’s a new pairing from Automobili Lamborghini Racing Team Germany (Frenchmen Paul-Loup Chatin-Bernard Pailler), and also for Change Racing  who will count on Kevin Conway, the two-time PRO-AM champion of Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America, and veteran Lawson Aschenbach. The Malaysians Fairuz Fauzy and Danial Hiqmar (GRT Grasser Racing Team) are also likely to be in top positions.

The Asian Series drivers are likely to be those to watch out for in the AM Class. Not to be underestimated are Simone Pellegrinelli (DTMotorsport), Shota Abkhazava (Automobili Lamborghini Racing Team Luxemburg) and Jake Rattenbury (Automobili Lamborghini Racing Team UK) that animated this year’s European AM Class. All the way from North America a serious contender will be the Joe Courtney – Peter Argetsinger pairing (Musante-Courtney Racing).

 

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Following the race weekend will be the dynamic launch of the Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo already seen in Nuerburgring (GER), Shanghai (CHN), and Alton (USA) during the latest rounds of the three series this season. All entrants will have the chance to test the new car, which in 2015 will be included in the Super Trofeo along with the Gallardo.

The European Series races will be live streamed  on the Lamborghini Squadra Corse website:
http://squadracorse.lamborghini.com/en/live
Race 1 is set for Friday 21 Novemberat 10.50 (local time –GMT+8) while Race 2 is set at 16.00 (local time – GMT +8).

Saturday 22 November will be Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo World Final qualifying time. The two 50-minute races will follow on Sunday with the green light given at 10.00 and 15.00 (both local time –GMT +8). Races will be live streamed on the Lamborghini Squadra Corse website.