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Jaminet Gets Porsche GTLM Call-Up for Petit Le Mans

GT Masters champion Mathieu Jaminet joins Porsche’s GTLM crew for Petit Le Mans…

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Porsche factory Young Professional Mathieu Jaminet will join the manufacturer’s GT Le Mans driver lineup at Motul Petit Le Mans later this month.

The 23-year-old Frenchman will share the No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR with Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor for what will be his first appearance in GTE machinery.

Jaminet recently won the ADAC GT Masters title in a Precote Herberth Motorsport-entered Porsche 911 GT3 R with co-driver Robert Renauer, and has also driven GT3 cars in the Nurburgring and Spa 24-hour races.

A date clash with the FIA World Endurance Championship round at Fuji means Gianmaria Bruni, who was the original third driver in the No. 912 lineup, is unable to travel to Road Atlanta.

That has opened the door for Jaminet to make his third IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship start of the season having contested the Rolex 24 at Daytona and Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring with Wright Motorsports in the GT Daytona category.

Porsche has also confirmed that Frederic Makowiecki will once again join Nick Tandy and Patrick Pilet behind the wheel of the sister No. 911 car.

Makowiecki supported the 2016 Petit Le Mans winners at Daytona and Sebring, taking victory in the latter.

Tandy and Pilet are currently second in the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup standings heading into the season finale, with four points separating them from Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s Joey Hand and Dirk Mueller.

However, Makowiecki is not in contention for the endurance title because Porsche elected to run only two-driver crews at the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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