Porsche has withdrawn the Manthey Racing squad and a number of its works drivers from this weekend’s Nurburgring 24 Hours and the seventh round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship this weekend at Mid-Ohio over Covid-19 fears.
The German manufacturer took the decision in the wake of positive Covid-19 tests being returned during routine checks in the wake of last weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours, where Manthey ran the two factory Porsche 911 RSR-19s in the GTE Pro class.
Speaking about the N24 decision Fritz Enzinger, Vice President Motorsport said “We will do everything we can to provide our customer teams with as much support as possible for this race through technical personnel and the available works drivers.”
The decision also affected the plans for Factory drivers Laurens Vanthoor, Frédéric Makowiecki and Nick Tandy to travel to the USA as all three competed in Le Mans.
“Based on yesterday’s decision that no employee or racing driver of our Le Mans team will participate in the Nürburgring 24 Hours, we have today decided that this ruling will also apply to the upcoming IWSC race in Mid-Ohio.” said Enzinger about that decision. “This means that Laurens, Nick and Fred will not be travelling to the USA.
“This is very regrettable, but we would like to emphasise that in this case as well the health of all those concerned is the prime focus of the decisions we have taken.”
The Porsche GT Team will not be participating in .
The decision was taken in the wake of three positive Covid-19 tests that were confirmed during the 24 Hours of Le Mans last weekend.
That led to a decision not to send any team members who were in Le Mans to the Nürburgring 24 Hours this weekend affecting a number of customer teams and leading directly to the withdrawal of the Manthey Racing ‘Grello’ Porsche 911 GT3R.
As outlined in a separate story on DSC, the remaining full-season IMSA driver, Earl Bamber, who as not present at Le Mans, has been reallocated to join the KCMG effort at the N24
Porsche will be back in IMSA competition at Charlotte on 10 October.