Porsche #91 has had to change their driver line-up prior to the 6 Hours of Monza this weekend.
Richard Lietz felt unwell, prior to travelling to Monza, and has now tested positive for COVID-19. So he can’t compete this weekend, and will be replaced by Fred Makowiecki.
The Frenchman was part of the winning combination at Le Mans last month, where Lietz, Mako and Gianmaria Bruni secured the GTE Pro win.
That takes Austrian racer Lietz out of the title fight, as long as the car starts the Sunday race. If Porsche #91 would turn out to be the title winners at the end of the season, only Bruni would be able to call himself a Champion. Ironically, the same thing happened in 2015, only with Lietz being on the lucky end. He was teamed up with Michael Christensen that year, and that was before the Dane has a high status within Porsche, as he has now, so he was send off to the USA, on the same weekend as the FIA WEC race at Spa Francorchamps. He was replaced by Makowiecki on that weekend, while Lietz went on to win the title solo – while Christensen finished third in the standings.
The 6 Hours of Monza starts at 12.00 CET on Sunday 10 July.