The top six Porsche racing drivers of 2015
On track, Porsche has literally ruled the world this year, taking home the FIA World Endurance Championship (in two classes), the 24 Hours of Le Mans and all three GTLM titles in the United SportsCar Championship.
While racing is very much a team sport, the drivers are often the stars (even in endurance racing) so, here are our top six Porsche racers from the 2015 season:
6) Ryan Dalziel – Porsche Cup winner
The Scottish expat has forged an impressive career for himself Stateside, proving himself as one of the top sports car aces with victory in the 2010 24 Hours of Daytona (as well as a Le Mans class victory in 2012).
2015 saw Ryan Dalziel take home the prestigious Porsche Cup for his efforts in Effort Racing’s 997 GT3 R in the Pirelli World Challenge (where the 33-year-old finished third overall).
5) Philipp Eng – Porsche Supercup champion
In his debut season last year, Philipp Eng proved that he was quick in a 991 GT3 Cup car. However, it was 2015 where the Austrian cemented his status as one of the best Porsche racers around.
Eng won both the Carrera Cup Deutschland and the Supercup this year (to become one of only three drivers to win both in the same season) and earned himself an FIA WEC test in the 991 RSR with Team Manthey.
4) Dan Cammish – Carrera Cup GB champion
Porsche Carrera Cup championship victories have very rarely been sealed as emphatically as Dan Cammish’s 2015 success in the Carrera Cup GB, the 26-year-old winning 11 of the 16 races for Redline Racing.
As well as blistering pace, the Leeds-based racer showed incredible consistency too, never finishing lower than second as he decimated one of the strongest Carrera Cup GB fields in recent memory.
3) Richard Lietz – FIA World Endurance Trophy winner
The modest Austrian has enjoyed his best ever season as one of Porsche’s factory GT drivers, winning three FIA World Endurance rounds in 2015 alongside teammate, Michael Christensen.
While the Dane missed a round due to his US commitments, Lietz was able to wrap up the FIA WEC Trophy for GT drivers while helping Porsche to both the manufacturers’ and teams’ titles. All that was missing was a Le Mans triumph.
2) Patrick Pilet – United SportsCar GTLM champion
One of two French drivers in Porsche’s works roster, Pilet was sensational in 2015, piloting the 911 RSR with aplomb. His opening stint pace was almost unmatchable, especially in the wet at Watkins Glen.
Alongside Nick Tandy, he was an irresistible force for much of the 2015 Tudor United SportsCar Championship, winning three races on the bounce in the summer alongside the British ace to help take the USCC GTLM drivers’ title.
1) Nick Tandy – 24 Hours of Le Mans winner
Those who follow sports car racing closely have always known that Nick Tandy was a little bit special behind the wheel of a racing car however, 2015 was the season where the unassuming Brit ace proved it to the world.
Tandy won as many USCC races as teammate, Patrick Pilet but missed out on the drivers’ crown because of his LMP1 commitments at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Luckily, he made up for it by scoring a famous victory at La Sarthe alongside Earl Bamber and Nico Hülkenberg in a third 919 Hybrid at the famous French enduro.
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