Since his entry into international endurance racing, we have been the proud partner of Laurents Hörr from Stuttgart, the top international talent in this scene. The 24-year-old has so far managed an extremely impressive career in prototype racing with our support. In just his second year (2019), he won the championship title in the Michelin Le Mans Cup. In 2020, Laurents Hörr again competed in the Michelin Le Mans Cup with the successful Luxembourg team DKR Engineering and defended his title after a sensational season. This makes Laurents the only driver in this top international field to have managed to secure two titles in a row.
This year he now won the European Endurance Championship, the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) and thus the third title in a row.
Champion in the 2021 European Le Mans Series
At the sixth and final round, Laurents Hörr and his Luxembourg-based team DKR Engineering made everything clear. With a commanding victory in Portimao, Portugal, the 24-year-old from Stuttgart overtakes the competition in the championship and takes the crown in endurance motorsport for the first time in his young but stellar career.
After three wins in a row, four pole positions in a row, the lap record at Le Mans and Spa-Francorchamps, the team around Laurents Hörr traveled to the Algarve with a broad chest. The aim was to do as well as possible to close the remaining five-point gap on Team Cool Racing from Switzerland, which had been in the lead until the end.
Outstanding team performance leaves no chance to the opponents
Once again, the team competed with 17-year-old Frenchman Mathieu De Barbuat as FIA bronze medalist. The driver pairing of Hörr/De Barbuat had already proved its worth for two races.
In the ten-minute qualifying session on Saturday, Hörr put his Duqueine prototype in the LMP3 category in 3rd position, well ahead of the championship rivals and thus very promising for the four-hour race on Sunday.
Team-mate De Barbuat then took over the start of the race on Sunday in perfect weather and high summer temperatures. After a safety car phase caused by accidents and a temporary race stoppage, the young Frenchman finally handed over the car to Hörr after two hours in P2.
Laurents Hörr needed only little time to bring the LMP3 with the #4 into the leading position to finally see the chequered flag as first without any danger. With this fourth victory in six races of the season, the championship was also secured.
Impressions from winning the title in Portimão
Hörr thus crowns his outstanding performance with the third championship title in a row. In 2019 and 2020, he became the first driver ever to win the Michelin Le Mans Cup title twice and now, directly following this, the European Le Mans Series, the European endurance championship. Coupled with this title is also the great honor of receiving an invitation to the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“I am super proud of our success, the hard work has paid off! A huge thanks to everyone involved in this success, especially dataglobal, because they always believed in me there!” said Hörr directly after the race.
We are now looking forward with the team and Laurents Hörr to the upcoming season and the start at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the biggest motorsport event in the world.