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Shahin set for World Endurance Championship tilt

THE Bend Motorsport Park will be marketed to the world’s top endurance racing competition in a year it’s not on the Repco Supercars Championship calendar.

The Bend branding will feature on a Manthey EMA Porsche 911 GT3 R which Yasser Shahin will share with Morris Schrung and Richard Lietz in the LMGT3 class of the 2024 FIA World Endurance Championship.

Shahin’s credentials include being a two-time GT World Challenge Australia title winner – both of those campaigns coming in an Audi, before he switched to Porsche last year.

“I’m looking forward to contesting a WEC season,” said Shahin.

“I’ve always enjoyed the endurance format and believe it offers the greatest challenge and opportunity for a driver. To compete in it with Manthey and Porsche is truly a privilege and a race driver’s dream.

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“I’ve found an excellent fit with Manthey and the way they run a race team. Representing the Bend Motorsport Park and EMA Motorsport on the world stage will be fantastic.

“It won’t be easy though – the sheer volume of driving and stints in the WEC will be physically demanding. New tracks and a new tyre add to the difficulty and challenge.

“But our WEC driver line-up is fantastic. We have a fabulous mix of speed and consistency. Richard is such an experienced endurance driver and Morris is coming off an outstanding season in the Carrera Cup.

“So I feel that our WEC driver line-up is extremely strong, we have excellent driver chemistry and everyone is looking forward to the start of the season.”

The WEC season proper starts with the Qatar 1812km at Lusail on March 2.

From there, the category will head to Imola, Spa, Le Mans, Sao Paulo, Circuit of the Americas, Fuji and Bahrain.

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