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SA’s Yasser Shahin and Manthey team secure Le Mans victory

South Australian racing driver Yasser Shahin, alongside teammates Richard Lietz and Morris Schuring, drove Manthey EMA’s Porsche 911 GT3 R to a first-place finish in the Le Mans 24-hour race.

In a thrilling climax to the 2024 Le Mans 24-hour race, South Australian racing driver Yasser Shahin, alongside teammates Richard Lietz and Morris Schuring, drove Manthey EMA’s Porsche 911 GT3 R to a remarkable first-place finish in the new LMGT3 category. This victory not only marks a significant milestone for the team but also highlights Shahin’s growing prominence in the international motorsport arena.

The 92nd edition of the Le Mans race, known for its endurance challenge, was held under extreme weather conditions. A record crowd of 329,000 spectators witnessed the event, which was marked by torrential rain and multiple deployments of safety cars. Despite these challenges, the Manthey EMA team executed a flawless strategy, allowing them to clinch the victory with 286 laps completed. This win adds to their impressive season, having also secured victories at the Bathurst 12 Hour and finishing third in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring earlier this year.

Yasser Shahin, a name well-recognized in South Australian motorsport circles, has been instrumental in the development of The Bend Motorsport Park, a premier racing facility in Tailem Bend. Shahin’s involvement in motorsport extends beyond just racing; he has played a significant role in promoting and advancing the sport within Australia. His efforts have also brought high-profile racing events to the region.

Shahin’s racing career has seen a steady rise, with notable achievements in various competitions. He is a two-time champion of the Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia, where he competed with EMA Motorsport. His success in these series has paved the way for his debut in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) with Manthey EMA, where he has quickly made his mark.

Teaming up with seasoned driver Richard Lietz and the young Dutch prodigy Morris Schuring, Shahin has demonstrated his endurance racing prowess on the world stage. The team’s synergy and Shahin’s consistent performances have been key factors in their recent successes. The Le Mans victory is particularly significant as it is Shahin’s first win in the WEC, showcasing his ability to compete at the highest levels of motorsport.

Shahin’s contributions to motorsport are not limited to his driving skills. As part of the Peregrine Corporation, which recently sold the On The Run (OTR) group, Shahin has leveraged his business acumen to support and grow the motorsport infrastructure in South Australia. His dedication to the sport and his community is evident through his continuous efforts to enhance racing facilities and opportunities for aspiring drivers.

Looking ahead, Shahin and the Manthey EMA team are poised to continue their successful run in the WEC, with their sights set on further victories and the championship title.

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