24h Le Mans
24 Hours of Le Mans – First images of the Porsche Hypercar
Porsche has released the first shots of the Hypercar the German marque will enter in the FIA WEC and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2023, and took the opportunity to name two development drivers.
Porsche will begin competing in the Hypercar class in 2023, joining forces with Team Penske in both the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. For the first time in approximately 30 years, the manufacturer will seek the overall win in endurance classics like the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Sebring and Daytona with cars of identical construction. The head of Porsche Motorsport since 1 October, Thomas Laudenbach: "We have been working tirelessly with our partner, Penske, on the development of the new LMDh prototype and have been collaborating closely with the chassis constructor, Multimatic, throughout. In January, we will begin intensive tests to ensure we are optimally prepared for our debut in competition in 2023."
Porsche just released the first images of its Hypercar:
Dane Cameron and Felipe Nasr named as development drivers
Dane Cameron and Felipe Nasr are taking on the role of factory Porsche drivers in 2022 and as such will be involved in the development of its Hypercar. American driver Dane Cameron (age 33) won the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship DPi title in 2016 and 2019. Brazil native Felipe Nasr (age 29) is a former Formula 1 driver (40 Grand Prix with Sauber F1 Team between 2015 and 2016), and won the IMSA Championship in 2018 and 2021. He has taken the start in the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice, in 2018 at the wheel of Cetilar Villorba Corse's Dallara P217-Gibson (19th overall, 11th in LMP2) then in 2021 driving Risi Competizione's #82 ORECA 07-Gibson (unclassified).
Porsche also officially announced it will field two 911 RSRs in LMGTE Pro for the 2022 FIA WEC season. Italian driver Gianmaria Bruni and Austrian driver Richard Lietz will once again share the #91, and Frenchman Kévin Estre will team up with Danish driver Michael Christensen in the #92. The duo clinched a class victory at the 2018 24 Hours together. For the 2022 running of Le Mans, Frédéric Makowiecki will join in the #91 and Belgian driver Laurens Vanthoor will do so in the #92.