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Camathias, Cairoli, Ried Confirmed in Proton ELMS Entry

Joel Camathias returns to ELMS alongside Cairloi, Ried…

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

The driver lineup for Proton Competition’s first Porsche 911 RSR in the European Le Mans Series has been confirmed, with Joel Camathias set to team up with Matteo Cairoli and team boss Christian Ried in the No. 77 entry.

Camathias moves from the FIA World Endurance Championship with the Proton-run KCMG effort to the German squad’s two-car ELMS program, returning to the continental championship for the first time since 2013.

The 2006 ELMS GT2 champion could also contest the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with Proton’s lineups for the French endurance classic still being finalized.

“The ELMS is a series that I know well, and that I won back in 2006,” Camathias said. “It is bound to be the most closely-fought international GT endurance series this year and it will take us to some of the most prestigious tracks in Europe.

“I thank Proton Competition for their trust, after the excellent work done together last year in the WEC under the KCMG banner, and I am really looking forward to be part of their effort and to defend again the colors of Porsche.”

Both Porsche Young Professional Cairoli and Ried are set to take on a full-season of the WEC in the No. 77 Dempsey Proton Racing Porsche, alongside Marvin Dienst.

Proton’s No. 88 Porsche ELMS entry currently has factory ace Wolf Henzler as the only confirmed driver.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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