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Four-Car Factory Porsche Effort Possible for 24H Le Mans

Porsche could field additional factory GTE-Pro entries in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, potentially as CORE autosport-run…

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Porsche could field as many as four factory GTE-Pro entries in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, potentially with the U.S.-based CORE autosport-run operation, it has been revealed.

The German manufacturer, which will again enter two mid-engined Porsche 911 RSRs in both the FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next year, is understood to be evaluating an increased effort for the French endurance classic.

Such an program, which could be similar to Ford’s four-car Le Mans campaign from the last two years, would ultimately be a decision of the ACO Selection Committee, according to Head of Porsche Motorsport Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser.

“It’s not finally decided. We’ll see,” he said.

When asked whether the IMSA-based CORE squad could make the trip to Le Mans, Walliser said: “Could I [use CORE]? Yes I could do. Will I do? I will not tell you!”

A three or four-car Le Mans effort would be just one of the possible points of expansion for Porsche.

It previously confirmed an increased focus in GT racing in response to the manufacturer’s decision to pull out of LMP1 competition at the end of the year.

“As every year you look at all the options, that you can do worldwide,” Walliser said.

“Our impact in GT racing is part of our strategy to increase our racing in the GT categories. This is not only GTE but we’re looking at GT3 series.

“We have to think VLN, 24 Hours of Nürburgring, Intercontinental GT Challenge we still consider as important. All these things are going on.”

Walliser said they’ve ruled out running additional factory entries in January’s WeatherTech Championship season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona.

BMW to Focus to Two M8 GTEs for Le Mans

While Ford and Porsche could utilize its IMSA teams for multi-car efforts at Le Mans, BMW will focus on a single, two-car operation from BMW Team MTEK, according to BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt.

Marquardt told Sportscar365 last month they have no plans to bring it’s U.S. team, since confirmed as BMW Team RLL, to France.

The German manufacturer will make its first start at Le Mans since 2011 and maiden WEC campaign.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. Change it up

    November 8, 2017 at 8:21 am

    ughh, I wanted 4 Porsche GTLM’s at the Rolex 24!!

  2. jason

    November 8, 2017 at 8:56 am

    I agree with Change It Up. Its too bad they won’t consider expanding Daytona. They have the man power and the number of chassis to do it. I betcha Ford is going to run 4 at Daytona. Still hope Aston Martin and AF Corse show up in GTLM as well. I wonder who Tandy and Bamber showing up is going to push out?

    Also the WEC is only 5 races next year. That’s not a lot. These drivers need work. My hope is that Porsche steps up their Blancpain GT efforts big time. Could use Timo Bernhard’s team as the vehicle for that.

    • limeglen

      November 8, 2017 at 11:48 am

      I think as reported a few days ago Bruni and Vanthoor are moving to GTE-Pro in the WEC next season to make room. Talk about an abundance of talented drivers!

    • AF

      November 8, 2017 at 5:38 pm

      If Aston do Daytona, it will be with the current car, not the Mercedes powered car and would likely have Paul Dalla Lana in the driving crew.

  3. John Cray

    November 8, 2017 at 11:49 am

    With so few races in WEC across 18/19 it’s difficult to see why the works GTE Teams wouldn’t enter 3 or 4 cars each at Daytona, Sebrng and Le Mans. Ignoring the myopic anti GM, anti Ford stuff who wouldn’t want to see the 6 manufacturers go for it ?

    • Dan

      November 8, 2017 at 11:53 am

      Because as everyone seems to forget racing costs money, especially 24 hour races. Works teams don’t have unlimited budgets despite what alot of people think, they can’t just decide to field 4 cars.

  4. Carefull with that Eugene, Axe.

    November 8, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Nice try, Porsche, but only fat rednecks give a single F**k about Gts, decent people want P1s, nothing less.

    • Andy Flinn

      November 8, 2017 at 4:33 pm

      Gee, I didn’t realize Europe was full of “rednecks.” Nowadays, that’s were most GTs actually come from.

      Duh.

    • Larry

      November 9, 2017 at 8:09 am

      What a moronic comment.

      Yeah, rednecks drive Porsches, BMWs, Mercedes, Astons, etc.

      Brilliant.

      • Funny guy

        November 9, 2017 at 12:07 pm

        The cool guys drive Koenigsegg 😉

  5. Turn off the comments John

    November 8, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Ah yes, the douchebaggery we’ve come to expect on S365 and the top reason why people I’ve tried to introduce to sportscars move on. It’s just not worth the effort around assholes.

    • GrimBrother One

      November 9, 2017 at 12:32 am

      It’s pretty bad, and I work in the video game industry lol.

  6. Richie

    November 9, 2017 at 2:55 am

    A question John – did you ask Walliser about the possibility of 4 cars ?

    • Dan O

      November 9, 2017 at 10:27 am

      The question about four cars was not explicitly asked, it’s just an assumption based on a question which was asked regarding Core possibly running their car/cars at Le Mans. The second word in the article is the most important.

      • Bill Bo

        November 9, 2017 at 10:54 am

        By that reckoning Porsche “could” enter 6, or 8!

  7. juneracer

    November 9, 2017 at 7:22 am

    wonder what IMSA will do ‘if’ it gets extra Daytona only GTLM entries? it appears they have more entries then the max allowed cars for the 24 already. ACO/FIA is in the same boat for Le Mans. should be interesting to see how this plays out…

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