Fassbender began his journey towards racing glory at the Porsche Driving Experience and now pilots a specially prepped 911 RSR on the circuit.

Michael Fassbender is set to begin his debut season as a driver in the 2020 European Le Mans Series. The Steve Jobs star “will race a 2017-spec Porsche 911 RSR fielded by the Proton Competition customer squad,” according to the Porsche Newsroom. It has been a lifelong goal for the German-Irish actor to get behind the wheel of a race car, “Even before I started acting I had a big dream to go racing. It was clear to me at a young age. My father was an avid driver and he taught me a lot,” says Fassbender, describing his motor racing passion.

Racing Career Beginnings

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Fassbender began his journey towards racing glory at the Porsche Driving Experience, which is an entry-level program that allows enthusiasts to train using a 85 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Next, the Assassin’s Creed actor moved onto the Porsche Racing Experience. There he received Porsche’s full-service support and completed Level 2 of the Porsche training programme, where he contested an entire season of the Porsche Sports Cup Deutschland driving a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Fans can follow his journey in the YouTube series “Road to Le Mans”.

Moving On Up

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Fassbender’s move to the European Le Mans Series sees him advancing to the next level in motorsports. “It’s always wonderful to be able to tackle new projects. This is a very special one,” Proton Competition team owner Christian Ried told Porsche. “It’ll be interesting to see how Michael progresses. As a team, we’re delighted to be able to accompany him on his ‘Road to Le Mans’.” After the season, Porsche will release a second season of the “Road to Le Mans,” which should be available at the end of 2020.

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European Le Mans Series

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Six events make up the 2020 season of the European Le Mans Series. It kicks off with a test day at Le Castellet (France) on July 15, followed by the first race at the same venue on July 19. Next up is Spa-Francorchamps (August 9; Belgium), then Barcelona (August 29; Spain), Monza (October 11; Italy) and Portimão (November 1; Portugal). Each event includes a four-hour race. Fassbender competes for Proton Competition in the LM GTE class, which is the GT category of the long-distance series.


Sources: Porsche, Youtube

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