World Champions Dumas and Lieb to leave Porsche

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31216715855_6bbe634439_zThe new­ly crowned World Endurance Dri­vers’ Cham­pi­ons, Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb, are to end their rela­tion­ships with Porsche as fac­to­ry dri­vers in a major shake-up of the Porsche LMP1 dri­ver line-up. Mark Webber’s depar­ture from the sis­ter car leaves a total of three emp­ty seats to be filled for the 2017 sea­son.

Lieb and Dumas have been part of the Porsche set-up for over a decade, mak­ing their debuts as Porsche works dri­vers in 2000 and 2003 respec­tive­ly. Dumas is a two-time Le Mans win­ner and leaves Porsche as reign­ing WEC dri­vers’ cham­pi­on, while Marc Lieb’s not incon­sid­er­able CV includes one over­all Le Mans win, three class vic­to­ries and the 2016 FIA WEC title vic­to­ry.

It is unclear where either of the for­mer Porsche pair­ing will now race, if at all: Dumas has com­pet­ed in events such as Pikes Peak Inter­na­tion­al Hill Climb and the Paris-Dakar Ral­ly in the past and may pur­sue sim­i­lar chal­lenges in the future, where­as Lieb is a qual­i­fied engi­neer. One thing is clear: the Porsche duo step away from the LMP1 cat­e­go­ry at the peak of their careers.

I always imag­ined that the LMP1 pro­gramme would be my last seat as a works dri­ver and I man­aged to set the course ear­ly for my future career out­side the cock­pit at Porsche,” Lieb said, hint­ing at a future behind the scenes at Porsche mov­ing for­ward. “Win­ning the Le Mans 24 Hours with Porsche was a dream come true,” said Dumas, “and I am proud of what we achieved all togeth­er over the years. I am a man of chal­lenges and there will be a new one soon.”

André Lot­ter­er, Nicky Tandy and Earl Bam­ber have been heav­i­ly rumoured to race for Porsche in LMP1 next sea­son, with con­fir­ma­tion of the 2017 dri­ver line-up expect­ed at Porsche’s “Night of Cham­pi­ons” event in Weis­sach on 3 Decem­ber.

Images © WEC-Mag­a­zin
Source: Porsche News­room