This is what motorsport fans all over the world have been waiting for: With the 919 Hybrid, Porsche fights for its 17th overall win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the title in the WEC this season. In the fiercely-competitive GTE-Pro class, Porsche Team Manthey again runs two Porsche 911 RSR. Last year’s Le Mans winner heads into its second race season with many improvements.
Sports prototypes and sports cars contest the Sports Car World Endurance Championship in four different classes. The LMP1 and LMP2 classes are reserved for sports prototypes. The LMGTE Pro class is for modified standard sports cars like the Porsche 911 RSR. These vehicles are also permitted to run in the LMGTE Am class. However, only vehicles that have already contested a race in 2013 are eligible, and the rules stipulate no more than one professional race driver per car.
As well as an overall classification for drivers and manufacturers, there are also the following classifications: World Endurance Cup for LMGTE drivers, a World Cup for LMGTE manufacturers, FIA Endurance Cup for LMGTE-Am drivers, LMP2 drivers and LMP1 private drivers as well as the FIA Endurance Trophy for teams in the LMP1, LMP2, LMGTE-Pro and LMGTE-Am classes. Points are awarded for the ten top places in each class as follows: 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1. The only exception to this is the Le Mans 24 Hours with the points allocated as follows: 50-36-30-24-20-16-12-8-4-2.
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