Patrick Dempsey – “There’s something magical about coming to Le Mans”

2015 marks the fourth time that American actor turned racer Patrick Dempsey takes on the challenge of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and he is back in the Porsche 911 RSR, looking to make it to the podium for the first time.

The two races preceding this weekend in the FIA World Endurance Championship have seen Dempsey joined by Porsche legend Patrick Long and Marco Seefried, the trio finished sixth in class at the opening race at Silverstone before a fifth place at Spa Francorchamps.

Heading in to the weekend Dempsey is confident having gained valuable wet weather testing.

“There’s something magical about coming to Le Mans.” said Dempsey. “It’s incredibly special to contest this classic with Porsche, the most successful brand in the history of the race. Porsche’s great Le Mans victories were part of my childhood and youth.

The Dempsey Racing-Proton Porsche during 2015 test day
The Dempsey Racing-Proton Porsche during 2015 test day

“As a team, we’ve made great progress this season and we’re at a good level. Testing in the rain was a valuable experience for me. I felt good and safe in the 911 RSR. Now I’m looking forward to the race.” he added.

Joining Dempsey behind the wheel is Long, who is definitely no stranger to the Circuit de la Sarthe, “This is my twelfth time here at Le Mans” said Long.

“Of course I try to share as much of my experience as possible with my teammates. But once the race starts, they all know what they have to do for us to fight for victory.”