In addition to Porsche confirming Brendon Hartley and Marc Lieb for its new 919 hybrid LMP1 effort, the German manufacturer announced Saturday evening that Frederic Makowiecki has been signed as a factory driver for the 911 RSR program.
The 33-year-old Frenchman has been one of the standouts of the GT ranks, having most recently been part of Aston Martin Racing’s squad in the FIA World Endurance Championship, which included multiple poles and wins this year.
“Mako” has achieved success in a variety of cars and disciplines, including Super GT. He is no stranger to the 911 brand, having won the Porsche Carrera Cup France title in 2010.
“Frédéric Makowiecki is one of the fastest and most experienced GT pilots,” said Porsche Head of Motorsport Hartmut Kristen. “He has a great deal of experience on virtually all international race tracks and he knows precisely how to drive a Porsche 911 fast. I’m very much looking forward to working with him.”
Mako joins Patrick Long, Jorg Bergmeister, Wolf Henzler, Marco Holzer, Patrick Pilet, Richard Lietz, Nick Tandy and Michael Christensen as works drivers for next year, with only Henzler having his 2014 driving duty already locked in.
It’s expected the majority of the drivers will drive Porsche’s 991-based 911 RSR, which premiered in 2013 and finished 1-2 at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Team Manthey will run the works 911 RSRs in the WEC’s GTE Pro class, while CORE autosport is set to campaign Porsche 911s in the TUDOR Championship GT Le Mans class.