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Mapelli Joins Abu Dhabi Proton for 6H Bahrain

Marco Mapelli replaces Christian Ried at Proton for 6H Bahrain…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

Marco Mapelli is set for his FIA World Endurance Championship debut, having been confirmed in the No. 88 Abu Dhabi Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR for next weekend’s season-ending Six Hours of Bahrain.

The 28-year-old Italian, who made one previous start with the team in European Le Mans Series competition, replaces team boss Christian Ried, who has moved over to the team’s No. 77 Porsche to replace Patrick Dempsey, who has filming commitments.

ENTRY LIST: Six Hours of Bahrain

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.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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