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Rutronik to Make 24H Spa Debut with Two 2019 Winners

Estre, Lietz, Mueller form top-rate lineup in Rutronik Racing Porsche for Spa…

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Rutronik Racing will make its TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa debut with a Porsche lineup involving 2019 winners Kevin Estre and Richard Lietz alongside Sven Mueller.

Rutronik is testing at Spa this week in preparation for its Pro-class entry into the 24-hour race next month where it is set to field a single Porsche 911 GT3 R.

Estre and Lietz, who drive separate factory Porsches in the FIA World Endurance Championship, are set to contest Spa with a third different team in as many years and with a new co-driver after teaming up with Michael Christensen in 2019 and 2020.

Estre, Lietz and Christensen won two years ago with Porsche outfit GPX Racing, before switching to KCMG for what turned out to be an unsuccessful defense of the trophy.

Estre and Lietz’s new co-driver Mueller finished third at Spa last year driving for Dinamic Motorsport, and fifth the year before with ROWE Racing.

It marks a completely new lineup for Rutronik after the former ADAC GT Masters title-winning team entered the Nürburgring 24 with Laurens Vanthoor, Romain Dumas, Tobias Mueller and Julien Andlauer.

Vanthoor is doing Spa with KCMG, where he is teaming up with fellow defending race winner Nick Tandy, while Dumas drives full-time for Dinamic in the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS Endurance Cup.

Christensen, meanwhile, is booked to drive one of Frikadelli Racing Team’s Porsches in a lineup that also incorporates Rutronik N24 driver Andlauer.

Porsche is aiming to become the first brand to win Spa three consecutive times in the event’s GT era with a Pro roster involving Rutronik, KCMG, Frikadelli, Dinamic and GPX.

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

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