Multimatic Motorsports’ drivers Harry Tincknell and Sebastian Priaulx will compete in the full FIA World Endurance Championship this year. The pair will join Multimatic’s partner team Dempsey-Proton Racing, along with team owner Christian Ried, creating a formidable driver line-up for the #77 Porsche 911 RSR, which will compete in the highly competitive GTE Am class.
The driver crews in the GTE Am class must include at least one Bronze-rated driver (Ried) plus one Bronze or Silver (Priaulx is a Silver). The third driver, Tincknell, is classed as a Platinum.
Tincknell’s Platinum rating comes from a distinguished career at the top of sportscar racing, which most recently saw him taking big wins in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, including the 12 Hours of Sebring (2020) and Petit Le Mans (2021), driving the Mazda RT24-P DPi car. He has a strong history in the World Endurance Championship, not least winning the LMP2 class at Le Mans in 2014 in what was only his fourth ever sports car race. From 2016 he raced the Ford GT with Multimatic for four years and then competed in the Aston Martin Vantage at Le Mans in 2020 and took another class victory. His most recent WEC race was the 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans, where he made his debut in the Porsche 911 RSR with Proton.
“I’m excited to be back in the World Endurance Championship and back with Proton after making my debut with the team at Le Mans last year,” said Tincknell. “I managed to get up to speed quickly in the Porsche 911 RSR, which has very different characteristics to the Ford GT and the Aston Martin Vantage. I was very impressed with the team, which has a wealth of experience and the results to go with that. Christian is one of the best Bronze drivers in the business and with Seb I think we have the fastest Silver out there.
“This also means I will have raced with two generations of Priaulx,” continued Tincknell. “I learnt a lot from Andy in WEC and now I’ll be passing some of that knowledge to his son, Seb. He did an amazing job in the Porsche Carrera Cup last year so I have no doubt he’ll be very fast in WEC. Representing Porsche is a big honour so I’m very motivated to do a good job and see what we can achieve.”
Driving in the full World Endurance Championship means that Seb Priaulx will make his Le Mans debut this year, which is something he has dreamed of for a very long time.
“This is an incredible opportunity for me,” said Priaulx. “It’s a big step up and I’m excited about what lies ahead of me. I’m really pleased to be driving with Harry as he’s like a brother to me. I got to know him when he raced the Ford GT with my Dad and we’ve been in the same IMSA paddock for a few years now, racing with Multimatic. Our goal is to win races and hopefully take a shot at the championship. Thank you to Multimatic Motorsports and to Proton for giving me this chance. I’m so excited to be racing at Le Mans and to be doing it in a Porsche really is the icing on the cake.”
Priaulx has just been revealed as a “BRDC Superstar”, one of a select group of young drivers who have been judged by the British Racing Drivers Club to possess the skills and capabilities to be a star of the future. This highly coveted recognition from the BRDC echoes what Multimatic has said about Seb all along.
Multimatic Team boss, Larry Holt said: “First off, I can’t tell you how pleased I am that Seb’s been named a ‘BRDC Superstar’, it validates everything we have known about him since witnessing his impressive drives at Snetterton in Ginetta Junior some years ago. It’s also a great recognition for what he has achieved in the past few seasons competing in British GT, IMSA and Porsche Cup – there is no doubt that he is indeed a “Superstar”. Multimatic Motorsports has a quiet racing year in 2022 as we engineer and develop the Mustang GT3 for 2024 and continue to support Porsche as they develop the LMDh car, and so we have turned to our partners to keep the drivers occupied. We had Dirk Müller and Austin Cindric placed with Proton USA for the Daytona 24 this year, and now Harry and Seb will contest the full WEC season with Christian in a Dempsey-Proton Porsche. We will also bring technical support to the car, as we did last year at Le Mans.”
The 2022 WEC season gets underway with the 1000 Miles of Sebring on March 18th.