Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific Selected Driver Yifei Ye excited for 24 Hours of Le Mans return

Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific Selected Driver Yifei Ye excited for 24 Hours of Le Mans return

08.06.2022: Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific Selected Driver Yifei Ye is set to take on the 90th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend, aiming for LMP2 class victory with COOL Racing.

Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific Selected Driver Yifei Ye is set to take on the 90th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend, aiming for LMP2 class victory with COOL Racing.
 



Ye is competing in the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) with the Swiss team this season, with the squad currently sitting third in the standings after their podium finish at Imola last month.
 


Following his exceptional debut at the world’s most famous endurance race in 2021, where Ye came within a lap of victory, the Chinese driver returns for his second attempt at the twice-round-the-clock event. He will drive alongside ELMS teammate Niklas Krütten and two-time Rolex 24 at Daytona winner Ricky Taylor in the #37 Oreca 07.



 




Former Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific Selected Driver Alessio Picariello and Indonesian driver Andrew Haryanto will take on the race for the second consecutive year, with Estonian racer Martin Rump joining them in the #99 Hardpoint Motorsport Porsche 911 RSR. The trio are currently competing together with Absolute Racing in the Shanghai-based squad’s debut ELMS season.
 


Hosted on the incredible Circuit de la Sarthe, corners such as Tertre Rouge, Indianapolis, Maison Blanche and the world-famous Mulsanne straight come together to form this 13.626-kilometre ribbon of endurance racing history.
 


Porsche is the most successful marque at the enduro in terms of overall victories, podiums and pole positions. The German manufacturer has been ever-present since its first appearance at the event in 1951, and has 19 outright wins to its name, along with 108 in class.
 


First held in 1923, the 24 Hours of Le Mans welcomes back full grandstands in 2022, with thousands of fans set to travel to North-Western France for the event.
 


Ye and the Hardpoint crew have already had their first taste of the track, having taken part in the official Test Day last Sunday.



 




Yifei Ye, #37 Oreca 07:
“I’m excited to be back at Le Mans. We had a successful Test Day on Sunday, and it’s great to have Ricky join us. Our pace was good, we still have some work to do to be at our best in Free Practice. The weather looks to be changing all the time so that’s something to watch throughout the week.


We have a long race ahead of us, but I’m looking forward to being out on this amazing circuit again. Hopefully we can qualify well and stay out of trouble to be in a strong position towards the last few hours on Sunday.”
 


Andrew Haryanto, #99 Porsche 911 RSR
: "It’s great to be back with Martin and Alessio. We are looking forward to the weekend ahead, I enjoyed the event last year so I’m excited to get on track."
 


Alessio Picariello, #99 Porsche 911 RSR:
"I am really happy to be back in Le Mans. It always feels special to drive here. The car ran well on Sunday and I had a good feeling from the start. It was a very productive day and we’re looking forward to getting underway on Wednesday."
 


Martin Rump, #99 Porsche 911 RSR:
"Getting in my first ever laps around here on the Test Day was a special feeling. I enjoyed every moment of it, we got some good early data on the track, tyres and everything else. I think we’re in a good place to move on to the race week from here."

 

 

Alexandre Gibot, Managing Director Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific Ltd.: “Le Mans week is one of the most exciting periods of the year for everyone associated with motorsport, and I really can’t wait for this one.


To have full crowds back will be amazing, and it’s great to have our Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific Selected Driver Yifei competing, aiming to take the victory he deserved last year. We’re also very pleased to see Andrew and Alessio return, joined by Martin for his Le Mans debut in the Hardpoint car. Best of luck to everyone racing this weekend!”






 Pole Limited, photos Jules Beaumont, Paola Depalmas, Paul Foster

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08.06.2022 / MaP

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