Porsche has entered the full Intercontinental GT Challenge season as a manufacturer, series officials have confirmed, placing the German manufacturer in the thick of the title contention in this year’s four-round championship.
The commitment has enabled Team75 Bernhard to compete in the Pro class in the upcoming Total 24 Hours of Spa, as manufacturers must either have a Pro car entered in the entire Blancpain GT Series season or have a full-season IGTC entry.
Porsche factory drivers Kevin Estre, Michael Christensen and reigning IGTC champion Laurens Vanthoor will pilot the No. 75 Porsche 911 GT3 R in the Belgian endurance classic, with Herberth Motorsport entering two Porsches in the Pro-Am Cup class.
The German manufacturer currently sits second in the IGTC standings, following the second place overall finish, and Pro-Am class victory, for the Competition Motorsports Porsche of Patrick Long, Marc Lieb, Matt Campbell and David Calvert-Jones in the season-opening Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour in February.
Team nominations for the two remaining IGTC rounds after Spa, the California 8 Hours at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Motul Sepang 12 Hours, have yet to be declared, although Porsche has local teams on both continents with GT3-spec machinery.
Manthey Racing took part in the Sepang race last year with two factory-entered cars, scoring a podium finish.