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Al Qubaisi Completes Lineup in No. 88 Proton Porsche

Khaled Al Qubaisi completes Proton lineup…

Photo: John Dagys

Khaled Al Qubaisi has completed Proton Competition’s lineup for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in the final seat that had yet to be confirmed for the French endurance classic.

Al Qubaisi, a race-winner in the FIA World Endurance Championship, joins Stephane Lemeret and late addition Klaus Bachler at the wheel of the No. 88 Porsche 911 RSR in the GTE-Am class.

Former Porsche Junior Bachler has reportedly replaced Nick Yelloly, who was initially confirmed alongside Lemeret, in the German squad’s third GTE-Am class Porsche.

Le Mans will mark Al Qubaisi’s first WEC start of the season after electing to step down from full-season competition due to business commitments.

He is coming off a third place class finish last year, alongside Patrick Long and David Heinemeier Hansson.

Proton’s No. 93 Porsche, meanwhile, will be driven by Long, Aziz Al Faisal and Mike Hedlund, with the team’s Dempsey Proton-entered car remaining with its full-season lineup of Matteo Cairoli, Marvin Dienst and team boss Christian Ried.

Ried is entered in all three Porsches for Sunday’s official test day.

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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