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Porsche team SSR names Vanthoor, Olsen for DTM campaign

Porsche outfit SSR Performance has named Laurens Vanthoor and Dennis Olsen as its drivers for its first full season in the DTM in 2022.

Michael Ammermüller, SSR Performance, Porsche 911 GT3-R

As previously reported by Motorsport.com, factory Porsche man Vanthoor and Olsen will team up at ADAC GT Masters outfit SSR, which announced a full DTM entry late last year following its one-off foray into the series last year at the Nurburgring.

Vanthoor will drive the team's #92 Porsche 911 GT3 R, while Olsen pilots the sister #94 car.

They join Thomas Preining, who was previously confirmed for the one-car Team Bernhard 75 squad, on the roster of Porsche DTM drivers for 2022.

For Vanthoor, the DTM replaces the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship as his primary programme for this year, although he and Olsen shared a car in January's Rolex 24 at Daytona with the KCMG team.

"I'm really looking forward to the season," commented Vanthoor. "The team has made a name for itself in the sport in such a short time and I'm looking forward to working with them now.

"It certainly won't be an easy season because the competition is very strong. Nevertheless, we have the ambition to be successful. It's been a while since I've been alone in the car - so motivation is correspondingly high. As far as I'm concerned, we're ready to go."

 

Olsen, who becomes the first-ever Norwegian DTM racer, said: "I'm really looking forward to the DTM! For me, it's a great challenge to compete in such a strong field of drivers."

SSR managing director Stefan Schlund described himself as "extremely satisfied" with the drivers Porsche has allocated to his team for its first-ever full campaign in the DTM.

He added: "I am convinced that we have an effective squad and can successfully compete with both the #92 and the #94."

2022 DTM grid so far:

Manufacturer Team Driver
Audi  Abt Sportsline Germany Rene Rast
South Africa Kelvin van der Linde
Switzerland Ricardo Feller
Team Rosberg Switzerland Nico Muller
United States Dev Gore
Attempto Racing Germany Marius Zug
BMW Walkenhorst Motorsport Germany Marco Wittmann
Belgium Esteban Muth
Schubert Motorsport South Africa Sheldon van der Linde
Austria Philipp Eng
Mercedes Winward Racing Germany Maximilian Gotz
Austria Lucas Auer
Germany David Schumacher
Haupt Racing Team (HRT) Germany Luca Stolz
India Arjun Maini
GruppeM Canada Mikael Grenier
Germany Maro Engel
Mucke Motorsport Germany Maximilian Buhk
Lamborghini
 
Grasser Racing Team Italy Mirko Bortolotti
Austria Clemens Schmid
Italy Alessio Deledda 
Switzerland Rolf Ineichen
T3 Motorsport United Kingdom Esmee Hawkey
Porsche Team Bernhard 75 Austria Thomas Preining
SSR Performance Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
Norway Dennis Olsen
Ferrari AF Corse (Red Bull) TBA
TBA

Total cars confirmed so far: 28

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