Proton Working On Two-Car GTE-Am Effort for 2018

Photo: Porsche

Proton Competition could return to a two-car operation in the FIA World Endurance Championship next year, while also doubling its effort in the European Le Mans Series, according to team boss Christian Ried.

The German squad, which is currently tied for the lead in the GTE-Am title race entering this weekend’s Six Hours of Mexico, is working on adding a second entry to its lineup, reviving its previous multi-car program in the series.

Proton operated three Porsche 911 RSRs in last year’s championship, including a factory backed GTE-Pro entry as a transitional year for the German manufacturer, as well as KCMG’s GTE-Am effort.

“We have a lot of ideas but the goal is to stay in both championships,” Ried told Endurance-Info.

“We will like to make a bigger effort next year, with two cars in each series. However, it is still a little too early to be able to announce anything.”

Despite its longtime relationship with Porsche, Ried said a deal with the manufacturer is not yet done, with the new-for-2017 mid-engined Porsche reportedly high in demand from customers worldwide.

Porsche has yet to detail how many cars it will make available or the customer support program.

“I have not signed any contracts yet,” Ried said. “One thing is certain: we have a long history with Porsche, we have worked a lot with them.

“Now the new Porsche 911 RSR is available for sale. We are interested, so we will see.”

While questions surround the future of the prototype ranks, Ried has given high marks on the WEC’s GTE-Am class, which has seen lower car counts but diverse grids and close competition.

The longtime team owner/driver is coming off his first class win in the series since 2012, last time out at Nürburgring.

“I think this category is going in the right direction,” Ried said. “The ACO and the FIA ​​are doing a good job on this.

“It’s not easy for them because I think making a good Performance Balance is not easy.

“In the end, if you look at what is happening elsewhere, the FIA ​​WEC is the best endurance championship in the world and especially in GTE, both in Pro and Am. I am therefore delighted with what is going on there.”

5 Comments

  1. Mark

    August 31, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Wait WEC is still a thing? IMSA FTW!

    • Jenner

      September 1, 2017 at 11:15 am

      They’re doing better than the Stevenson Group. Ha!

  2. Michael Sorensen

    August 31, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Glad someone likes it like me…

  3. David Chaste

    September 1, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    This is a D+ or C- in news interest.

    So long as Manthey is running in GTE pro they’re almost redundant.

    A story about GTE am would only be interesting only if a capable team acquired a Ford GT to run a fuls season with

  4. dave henrie

    September 18, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    On the WEC broadcast of the COTA race, there was a very similar shot of this car and my wife asked what that blinking green light was. Just underneath the P in Porche on the windscreen is a green rectangle. On the TV it looked like there were two lights side by side and they would alternately flash. I didn’t see that on other cars.

    Any idea what the light/lights indicated?

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