GruppeM-Eterniti Racing has announced it will join up with Stuart Parker for the 2011 Le Mans Series.
The combined squad will run a Porsche 911 RSR in the GTE class of the endurance championship. Between GruppeM – headed by Kenny Chen – and Parker the team will be able to rely on significant experience in preparing Porsches.
Chen's team has championship winning campaigns under its belt on British GT and FIA GT, where they won the GT2 class in every race in 2005 and the Asian Porsche Carrera Cup. Parker's Team Parker Racing outfit is one of the leading team in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB, with Parker himself bringing further experience from both the Porsche Supercup and the Asian Carrera Cup. Park also has endurance experience, after running team in the Nordschleife based VLN series.
“This is an entirely new team, which has been set up with only this project in mind,” said Parker. “We will draw on our strengths and experience with the aim of guiding the team to success.”
“This represents a fantastic opportunity to move into the highest level of GT competition with a great partner. We have been looking for a partner to do something like this with for years, and at last it has happened. I have enjoyed great success with GruppeM in Asia and look forward to the challenge of the Le Mans Series.”
“The current LMS entry is so strong that we fully expect it to be a huge challenge,” Chen admitted, “but we will be trying our best as a team to come back and fight for the success that we have enjoyed in the past.”
The team is currently trying to sign Stephen Jelley, who competed in the UK for Team Parker Racing in 2010. The team also plans to sign a second professional driver for the season, with a third wheelman expected to complete the line-up.