Güven, Heinrich, Boccolacci to share Pro class Porsche for Schumacher CLRT

Güven, Heinrich, Boccolacci to share Pro class Porsche for Schumacher CLRT

Schumacher CLRT Racing Team will contest this season's Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS Endurance Cup with a trio of Porsche experts sharing its 911 GT3 R. 

The squad has formed from an alliance between three French organisations: Autosport GP LS Group Performance; IMSA LS Group Performance; and CLRT. The latter made its Fanatec GT Europe debut last term and is led by former series champion Côme Ledogar, who remains in place as team manager. 

After running a full-season Bronze Cup entry in 2023, the reinforced outfit will graduate to the Pro ranks this term. Contesting the Endurance schedule, its #22 car will be driven by Porsche factory drivers Ayhancan Güven and Laurin Heinrich, and reigning Carrera Cup France champion Dorian Boccolacci. 

CLRT was an instant hit with fans thanks to its striking 2023 livery

Güven – the elder statesman of the crew at just 26 – switches from the Dinamic GT outfit with which he contested the 2023 Endurance campaign. The Turkish ace has enjoyed a stellar start to the year, winning this month's REPCO Bathurst 12 Hour with the Manthey EMA squad. Heinrich also moves across from a rival Porsche team, joining Schumacher CLRT from Rutronik Racing. What's more, both made a one-off Sprint Cup outing for CLRT at Zandvoort last term.

Boccolacci has made sporadic Fanatec GT Europe starts in recent seasons, including a one-off drive with CLRT last season at Circuit Paul Ricard which yielded a Pro-Am podium. The former single-seater ace won last year's Porsche Carrera Cup France championship driving for CLRT. 

Indeed, in announcing its line-up the team noted that all three drivers have secured at least one national Porsche Cup title: Guven secured back-to-back French crowns in 2018/2019 while Heinrich was German champion in 2022. 

Left to right: Güven, Heinrich and Boccolacci, national Porsche Cup champions with Fanatec GT Europe experience

Team manager Côme Ledogar commented: "Moving from the Bronze Cup to the Pro category should not pose any problems. You just have to do the job well – on the pit stops, the set-up, the strategy – because in the end it is the same championship and it requires the same commitment. 

"As for our 2024 drivers, they are among the best I have worked with as a team manager; they are fighters and winners. What’s more, they get along well. Having been a Porsche driver myself, I know the importance of being able to count on official drivers who work closely with the manufacturer."

Schumacher CLRT will be on-track with its Porsche during next week's Fanatec GT Europe Prologue at Circuit Paul Ricard (5/6 March), while the Endurance Cup kicks off at the same venue in a little over a month's time (5–7 April).