Timo Bernhard proud ahead of team debut at 2017 Total 24 hours of Spa


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KÜS Team75 Bernhard is set to make their 24-hour race debut next weekend as they take part in the 2017 Total 24 hours of Spa with Michael Christensen, Kévin Estre and Laurens Vanthoor behind the wheel of their Porsche 911 GT3 R in the Pro category.

Timo Bernhard, team owner of KÜS Team75 Bernhard is proud of the achievements his team has made, “The 24 Hours of Spa will be the first 24-hour race for our fledgeling team. I’m very proud of our squad’s performance and development to now.

“Joining the long-distance scene was always one of our goals. And amongst endurance classics, Spa is one of the ultimate highlights.

“We’ll put our 911 GT3 R on the track with a top driver lineup: Michael Christensen, Kévin Estre and Laurens Vanthoor are some of the best pilots in the endurance scene.

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“Our aim is to learn as much as possible and do a good job. I’ll be at the racetrack for the entire time. We’ll divide up the jobs amongst the team management. It’ll be something new for me to watch a 24-hour race from the command post.”

Kévin Estre drove for the team last year in the ADAC GT Masters, and is looking forward to lining up for the team at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit. “Together, we notched up four victories.” said Estre. “Spa is a mega-track and guaranteed to be a physical and mental challenge. The region is known for its constantly changing weather.

“It’s difficult to contest the Spa 24 Hours without rain. On the other hand, it can get really hot. Either way, I’m looking forward to it.”

Vanthoor took victory at Spa in 2014 with Audi – Credit: Brecht Decancq Photography / Brecht Decancq

Laurens Vanthoor won the 2014 24 hours of Spa with Audi and is looking forward to returning to the track as a Porsche works driver, “When I joined Porsche, I had the dream of contesting the four major GT3 races: Bathurst, Nürburgring, Spa and Macau. I’m very much looking forward to competing again at the 24 Hours of Spa.

“This is the first 24-hour race for KÜS Team75 Bernhard, but I like the idea of a small squad working closely together. We’ll be facing much more experienced factory teams, but I’m confident that we’ll be able to fight for a podium spot.”

Michael Christensen added, “I have two strong teammates with Kévin and Laurens and we’ll have a great race.”