With four years of successful competitive experience, Timo Bernhard will once again be joined by his co-driver Marco Glasen. “We’re very pleased to now go rallying for Porsche,” spoke Bernhard. “Obviously, my circuit racing schedule has top priority. But thanks to sponsors and partners and the active backing from Porsche Centre Mannheim, which belongs to the group of companies of my former team boss Roger Penske, we can put such a fantastic private rally project on its feet.”
French driver Romain Dumas had campaigned a 911 GT3 RS type 996 in rallies for the past three years. In his fourth full rally season, he and co-driver Guilhem Zazurca will privately enter a 911 GT3 RS type 997 in France. Their machine will be powered by a 3.8-liter, six-cylinder boxer engine that delivers 450 hp to the rear wheels through a sequential six-speed gearbox. Contending in the GT Plus category, the 911 underwent further development to further improve weight reduction.
“Rallying is great fun. For me it’s the perfect balance to my activities on the race track. With my time-tested car I’ve already notched up eleven class and six overall wins. With the new 911 GT3 RS we’ll for sure be even more competitive,” stated Dumas.
Commenting on the probability of competing in a rally together, Bernhard admits, “Like most professional race drivers we’re both not that good as co-drivers, we always want to have everything under our own control.” “If it ever happened, it would have to be at a historic rally where top times don’t really count,” adds Dumas.