Patrick Dempsey will not take part in next weekend’s FIA World Endurance Championship season finale in Bahrain, it has been confirmed.
Dempsey, who is coming off his first career win last month in Fuji, will miss the Middle Eastern round due to work commitments in London, where he is currently filming “Bridget Jones’s Baby.”
ENTRY LIST: Six Hours of Bahrain
Proton Competition team boss Christian Ried will move over from the team’s No. 88 Porsche 911 RSR to the Dempsey Proton entry with Patrick Long and Marco Seefried, who currently sit fourth in the GTE-Am championship.
Italian GT ace Marco Mapelli, meanwhile, will replace Ried in the No. 88 car alongside Klaus Bachler and Khaled al Qubaisi.
Aside from the Dempsey news, there are no other major changes to the entry list, which provisionally features 32 cars, including the Young Driver AMR-backed Aston Martin Vantage V8, which withdrew from Shanghai over Balance of Performance concerns.
Larbre Competition has confirmed that Kristian Poulsen will return to the No. 50 Corvette C7.R after missing the last two rounds, while Roald Goethe is currently listed in the No. 96 Aston Martin, having also missed several races.
The LMP2 class will again see a nine-car entry, with the regular-season debut of the BR Engineering-built BR01 for Nic Minassian, Mikhail Aleshin and David Markozov.
The Six Hours of Bahrain is set for Nov. 19-21.