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Michael Fassbender to race for Porsche in 2020 European Le Mans Series

Hollywood A-lister Michael Fassbender will contest the 2020 European Le Mans Series (ELMS) Porsche 911 RSR fielded by the Proton Competitors race staff, Porsche announced Friday. He joins the likes of Steve McQueen, Paul Newman and Patrick Dempsey — yet another Porsche racer — in the ranks of Hollywood-actors-turned-scorching-shoes.

“Even before I started off acting, I experienced a massive aspiration to go racing. It was apparent to me at a younger age. My father was an avid driver and he taught me a ton,” Fassbender reported in Porsche’s announcement. 

Fassbender has been doing work for quite a few many years toward his supreme purpose of racing in the infamous 24 Hrs of Le Mans. His initial style of professional-degree competitors arrived in succession of entries in various Ferrari Challenge collection in 2017 and 2018 guiding the wheel of a Ferrari 488 Challenge.

In 2019, he campaigned in Germany’s Porsche Sports activities Cup collection guiding the wheel of a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, which was the concentration of the Porsche-manufactured “Highway to Le Mans” YouTube collection, which Fassbender narrated.

“I’ve just generally felt drawn to likely rapidly into a corner — and rapidly out — and just naturally felt linked to it,” Fassbender reported in the collection trailer. “And now I want to go to the supreme position,” he reported, referring to Le Mans by itself. 

“It’s going to be attention-grabbing to see how Michael progresses. As a staff, we’re delighted to be in a position to accompany him on his ‘Road to Le Mans,'” reported Proton Competitors staff proprietor Christian Ried. Fassbender will share the #ninety three 911 RSR with factory driver Richard Lietz and Felipe Fernández Laser. 

Fassbender portrays Magneto in the most up-to-date incarnations of the “X-Adult men” film franchise and played the title function in 2015’s “Steve Work opportunities,” for which he acquired an Academy Award nomination for most effective actor he was also nominated for most effective supporting actor for his portrayal of Edwin Epps in 2013’s “12 Several years a Slave.”