Lilou Wadoux (Hypercar), Lorenzo Colombo (LMGTE Pro), Doriane Pin (LMP2) and Finn Gehrsitz (LMGTE Am) will be at the wheel of the championship-winning car during the Rookie Tests to be held on the day after the 8 Hours of Bahrain.
The FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) has selected these four young drivers on the strength of their race performances and their commitment.
Twenty-one-year-old Lilou Wadoux will become the first woman to drive a Hypercar and also the first woman to take the wheel of a car from the top class of endurance since Vanina Ickx in 2011. This season, Lilou Wadoux lined up in the FIA WEC for Richard Mille Racing in LMP2. She will drive either the Toyota GR010 Hybrid of Toyota Gazoo Racing or the Alpine A480-Gibson of Alpine Elf Team during the tests. Both manufacturers still have a chance of taking the title in Bahrain.
Lorenzo Colombo, also 21, will be at the wheel of the LMGTE Pro-winning car – either the AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE Evo or the Porsche 911 RSR-19 of Porsche GT Team. The Italian has partnered Louis Delétraz and Robert Kubica this season for LMP2 outfit Prema Orlen Team.
The LMP2 title-winning Oreca 07-Gibson will be handed to up-and-coming 18-year-old Doriane Pin who competed in the 2022 TotalEnergies 6 Hours of Spa with the Iron Dames. The Rookie Test will be Pin’s first time at the wheel of an LMP2.
The youngest of the four, Finn Gehrsitz (17) will drive the car that scoops the LMGTE Am title. That will be an Aston Martin Vantage AMR – either TF Sport’s #33 car or the #98 of Northwest AMR. Last year, Gehrsitz became the youngest driver to compete in the Michelin Le Mans Cup before competing in the GT3 class in the 2022 Asian Le Mans Series and in the United Autosports #2 Ligier JS P320 in the European Le Mans Series.
These drivers will cover at least 30 laps whereas the teams will be able to put others through their paces during the five-hour test.
The full list of drivers participating in the Rookie Test on Sunday 13 November will be published in due course.
Frédéric Lequien, CEO, FIA WEC: The FIA World Endurance Championship is fortunate to have a pool of extremely talented young drivers. Lilou, Lorenzo, Doriane and Finn have performed admirably against the very best as rookies. The Rookie Test is a tremendous opportunity for them to drive the car that will have taken the WEC class title the previous day. This test is included in the FIA WEC Sporting Regulations as we are keen to encourage budding talent in our discipline. We have seen how it has boosted the career of young drivers in the past and are looking forward to seeing all four in action in Bahrain.