Porsche has withdrawn the Manthey Racing squad and a number of its works drivers from this weekend’s Nurburgring 24 Hours over COVID-19 fears.
The German manufacturer took the decision in the wake of positive COVID tests being returned during routine checks in the wake of last weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours, where Manthey ran the two factory Porsche 911 RSR-19s in the GTE Pro class.
A statement released late on Monday evening by Manthey said “nobody [within Porsche] who was on site at Le Mans will take part at the Nurburgring”, making it impossible for the team to field its usual ‘Grello’ 911 GT3 R in the the German endurance classic.
“For us, people’s health is the top priority,” commented Porsche vice-president of motorsport Fritz Enzinger. “Due to the current situation it is completely clear to us that we must put out sporting goals behind the common good.