Marvin Dienst ready to tackle maiden WEC season

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Mar­vin Dienst will be one of the new names on the FIA World Endurance Cham­pi­onship entry list for 2017. The 20-year-old Ger­man has joined Dempsey-Pro­ton Rac­ing for this sea­son and will race in the GTE Am cat­e­go­ry along­side team boss Chris­t­ian Ried and Porsche junior dri­ver Mat­teo Cairoli in a Porsche 911 RSR.

It’s always been an ambi­tion of Mar­vin Dienst to race at Le Mans, and now he has been giv­en the oppor­tu­ni­ty more quick­ly than he ever imag­ined. Le Mans and sports­car rac­ing was already on Dienst’s radar back in 2015, when the then-18-year-old took the ADAC Formel 4 title by a com­mand­ing 48 points. Dienst quick­ly made the step up to ADAC GT Mas­ters, where he com­pet­ed in a Porsche 911 GT3 R for Schütz Motor­sport.

The next step up to the FIA WEC is anoth­er mile­stone in the young German’s career, but Dienst is look­ing for­ward to ris­ing to the chal­lenge: “Switch­ing from sprint races to endurance will be some­thing I need to get used to,” he told WEC-Mag­a­zin in an inter­view. “You have to man­age the tyres, over­take slow­er cars and be wary of the quick­er pro­to­types, all at the same time.

Nev­er­the­less, the new Porsche WEC dri­ver is con­fi­dent and has already set him­self some ambi­tious tar­gets for the 2017 sea­son: “I would like to show peo­ple how I can per­form and gath­er expe­ri­enc­ing rac­ing at night at Le Mans,” he said. “Rac­ing at the 24 hours at such a young age is just inde­scrib­able to me – and in a Porsche RSR to boot. That’s not an oppor­tu­ni­ty you get every day; you always hear about it and now I have the chance to expe­ri­ence Le Mans myself. I can’t wait!

Dienst’s first taste of WEC action will come at the WEC Pro­logue at Mon­za in ear­ly April. The 20-year-old has already been on track test­ing the Porsche 911 RSR and will be look­ing to opti­mise his per­for­mance in the car at the offi­cial test.

Image sources: Mar­vin Dienst / WEC-Mag­a­zin