Supercup champion Eng to drive Porsche at FIA WEC test

Austrian racer, Philipp Eng (who secured the 2015 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup title last month) will get the chance to drive the Porsche 911 RSR at the upcoming FIA World Endurance Championship ‘rookie’ test in Bahrain.

Eng – who become one of just three drivers to win the Supercup and the Carrera Cup Deutschland in the same year – will get behind the wheel of Porsche Team Manthey’s no. 91 RSR under the tutelage of regular factory driver (and countryman) Richard Lietz.

Joining Eng in a Porsche 911 RSR at the test will be Nick Catsburg, winner of the 2015 24 Hours of Spa. The Dutchman will drive the no. 92 car, with current United SportsCar Champion, Patrick Pilet acting as his point of reference.

The Porsche 911 RSRs will be driven by Eng and Nick Catsburg in Bahrain.
The Porsche 911 RSRs will be driven by Eng and Nick Catsburg in Bahrain.

Porsche Motorsport will also use the test to try out Mitch Evans (a protégé of Mark Webber) in the current 919 Hybrid LMP1 racer. The New Zealander will be joined in the seat by double Indy 500 winner (and ex-F1 driver), Juan Pablo Montoya.

Evans has already enjoyed some time behind the 919’s wheel after taking part in a test at the Circuit de Catalunya earlier this week. He was joined by British sports car racer, Oliver Turvey and Kevin Magnussen.

The latter – who raced for McLaren in 2014 – finds himself out of contract at the end of the year and could be a potential replacement in the third Porsche 919 at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans should Nico Hülkenberg be unavailable (due to the current clash with the new Grand Prix in Baku).

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