Porsche has extended the contracts with both Manthey Racing and CORE autosport for operations of its factory GT programs, it was announced on Friday.
The German manufacturer plans to continue its factory GT Le Mans class effort in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2017, while returning to the FIA World Endurance Championship full-time with the new Porsche 911 RSR.
Details on terms of the contract extensions were not disclosed.
“With the Le Mans 24-hour race, we chose a very special event to extend the contracts with our key GT-motorsport partners officially and in good time,” said Porsche Head of Motorsport Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser.
“With Manthey Racing and CORE autosport we will continue our close ties to two of the very best teams in the campaigning of our GT vehicles.
“Together, we have achieved a great deal in recent years and we want to achieve even more in the future.”
Both teams took Porsche to championships last year, with Manthey scoring the 2015 WEC GT titles and the Jon Bennett and Morgan Brady-led CORE operation securing the GTLM championship.
“Everyone at CORE is thrilled to continue our relationship with Porsche,” Bennett said. “Our partnership started with a Rolex 24 at Daytona victory and continued with multiple championships. We are prepared to offer more of the same.”
Added Manthey Managing Director Nicolas Raeder:“We’re proud that Porsche will stand behind our team in the coming years and thus trusts us to contest the WEC on behalf of Porsche Motorsport.”
The Manthey squad, which Porsche holds a majority ownership stake in, is operating the pair of factory Porsche 911 RSRs in this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.