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Michael Christensen

Michael Christensen

In 2024, Michael Christensen enters his second season in the Porsche Penske Motorsport (PPM) program. He will contest the full FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season behind the wheel of the No. 5 Porsche 963 LMDh. Christensen will once again be paired with Frederic Makowiecki and the duo will also be joined by IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race winner Matt Campbell.

One of the early defining moments of Christensen's career happened in the fall of 2011. Going up against many other talented young drivers from around the world, he shined during a grueling selection process and was accepted into the Porsche Junior youth development program. Christensen continued to excel as he joined the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland in 2012. With consistently good performances and a win at Hockenheim, he grabbed his chance and climbed the ladder into the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.

In 2013, he promptly won the rookie classification and he claimed a race victory at Nurburgring. The strong Supercup results earned Christensen an opportunity as a Porsche works driver, beginning in 2014. In his rookie season as a works racer, Christensen promptly won the 12 Hours of Sebring.

In his first WEC season, Christensen posted three GTE Pro class victories in 2015. He continued to race in both Europe, as well as the U.S. in 2017 and the following year he broke out with a GTD class victory at the 24 Hours of Daytona before earning a class runner-up result in the Petit Le Mans season finale at Road Atlanta.

The 2018 season brought more success for Christensen as he won the GTE Pro class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Returning to WEC competition in 2019, Christensen was part of the winning class effort at the 24 Hours of Spa. Christensen tied for third in the 2020 GTE Pro class championship behind a pair of victories and in 2021, he won the 24-Hour race at Nurburgring in WEC and finished second in class at Petit Le Mans.

Working with current PPM teammate Kevin Estre, Christensen finished second in the WEC GTE Pro class last season. Christensen and Estre secured class wins from the pole at both the 1000 Miles of Sebring and the Six Hours of Fuji in 2023. The performance paved the way for the Danish Porsche works driver to join PPM in its maiden WEC season, racing the hybrid Prototype Hypercar.

As the factory Porsche 963 gained pace throughout the seven-round championship, the No. 5 team scored a season-best fourth-place result at the six hours of Monza.  In addition to racing the Porsche 963 in WEC, Christensen also competed in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship endurance races at Daytona and Sebring in the No. 7 Porsche.

Christensen and PPM has their sights set even higher in 2024, as they chase their first WEC victory.