By Victor Forner
With the annoucement of Gianmaria Bruni a few weeks ago, Porsche Motorsport has now one of the strongest line-ups in the history of GT and Sportscar racing.
Despite losing two key members like Earl Bamber and Nick Tandy, who will be driving for the works LMP1 team, the Porsche GT squad will still have a dream team for this year's competition, quite possibly their strongest of all time.
In 2017 Porsche will have again a double full factory GT effort in FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with the brand new Porsche 911 RSR and both under Porsche GT Team banner.
Richard Lietz, Michael Christensen, Frederic Makowiecki and Kevin Estre will be driving in FIA WEC and its highly competitive GTE-Pro class.
Patrick Pilet, Laurens Vanthoor (who comes from Audi), Dirk Werner (former BMW factory driver) and Kevin Estre are the brand's drivers in IMSA's GTLM class.
After the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Gianmaria Bruni will be racing for the North American team in the second half of the IMSA season.
All of the eight drivers have won multiple championship titles and prestigious endurance events in international sportscar racing.
Porsche Motorsport is also able to take full advantage of its very successful Junior Programme via the single-make series, the Porsche Supercup and the multiple Carrera Cups around the world.
The Stuttgart-based brand has promoted some very talented drivers who performed well with Cup Porsches and selected endurance events.
Sven Mueller a new Porsche GT works driver will be racing in both ADAC GT Masters and Super GT in Japan with the Porsche 911 GT3 R.
Another good example is Matteo Cairoli. The Italian, a Porsche Young Professionnal, will have a double effort with Proton Racing this year in both FIA World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series,
Last but not least, Romain Dumas. The French sportscar ace and 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours winner and FIA WEC champion has returned to Porsche Motorsport as a works GT driver and he is expected to race in selected events this year.