After leaving Audi, Laurens Vanthoor is speeding over to his new position behind Porsche wheels. When Earl Bamber and Nick Tandy were bumped up to Porsche’s LMP1 squad, Vanthoor and Dirk Werner seized advantage of the opening and made their move, which was announced at Porsche’s Night of Champions in Stuttgart. And in case you aren’t totally familiar with young Vanthoor, we have compiled an abridged racing biography to get you up to speed.
First, you might enjoy a quick "Vanthoor By the Numbers." According to his website, Vanthoor has entered 184 races during his career. Of those, he has won 37, which gives him a win percentage of 20.1%. He has made it to the podium a total of 82 times.
Born in 1991 in Hasselt, Belgium, Vanthoor has been involved in racing since his youth. By 2005, he was already the French and Belgian champion kart racer in the ICA-J class, and he also placed fourth in the European Championship. Despite suffering six fractures in a 2007 crash that left him out of commission for five months, he began formula racing in 2008, becoming the youngest driver to date in the Macau Grand Prix. In 2012, he moved over to FIA GT1 World Championship with WRT. Notably, he won the Blancpain Endurance Series in 2014.
After being injured in a major crash in 2015, Vanthoor was temporarily derailed, but he came back with a vengeance to win the Sepang 12 Hours. In November of 2016, he won the FIA GT World Cup. The month after, he announced the move to Porsche, saying he had “finished a chapter and… turned the page.” Excited fans can look forward to starting this thrilling new chapter with him, watching as he joins Kevin Estre in the No. 912 Porsche North American entry in the upcoming WeatherTech Championship. Keep your eyes on this one!
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