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KCMG Confirms Single Porsche Entry for 24H Spa

KCMG to run single Porsche at 24H Spa for the first time with Tandy, Vanthoor, Olsen…

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KCMG has confirmed its presence at the TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa next month with a single Porsche 911 GT3 R driven by three drivers familiar with the German brand.

DTM competitors Laurens Vanthoor and Dennis Olsen will team up with Nick Tandy in the Hong Kong-based team’s No. 47 entry which is competing for outright honors.

It marks the first time that KCMG is running a single Porsche at Spa, in its third attempt at the Belgian endurance classic with the manufacturer.

The team has now set up a 2022 program that takes in three major 24-hour races, after already contesting the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Nürburgring 24.

Its intentions to return to the 24 Hours of Spa were reported by Sportscar365 last month.

All three drivers have already been involved in the team’s program this year, with Vanthoor and Olsen contributing to a GTD Pro podium at Daytona, and Tandy and Olsen forming part of the Nürburgring lineup.

I can’t wait to see the team return to the iconic Spa-Francorchamps circuit, for the third time with Porsche,” said KCMG owner Paul Ip.

“We’re very keen to ensure that we build on our result in 2021 for this year’s event and along with the support from Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific, we’ll be aiming for a really strong result.

“We have three brilliant drivers in Nick, Laurens and Dennis, who’ve all raced for KCMG throughout the season so far.

“With the crew constantly gaining experience during our races at Daytona and the Nürburgring, they’re ready to give it everything to challenge at the sharp end at Spa!”

Vanthoor and Tandy, who won the 24 Hours of Spa in 2020 driving a ROWE Racing Porsche, formed part of the KCMG crew at the race last year alongside Maxime Martin, who is now driving for Beechdean AMR.

They finished fifth, earning KCMG’s best-ever Spa result, after a dramatic contest that included Vanthoor being ruled out for more than half the race after he was injured in a scooter accident in the paddock.

“I’m delighted to be taking on Spa with KCMG again,” said Vanthoor.

“We have some unfinished business together since our last race together at Daytona, so it would be brilliant to end the season with victory at the 24 Hours of Spa.

“I’ve raced alongside Dennis a lot in the past and I’ve known Nick a very long time. I think we’ve a great lineup, which adds to an already strong team.

“Porsche has always been competitive at this circuit, so we have no reason to not aim for a win and to bring home some silverware.”

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

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