Reigning Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS Endurance Cup champion Come Ledogar says his move from Ferrari team Iron Lynx to Dinamic Motorsport came “completely from Porsche”.
The Frenchman has joined Matteo Cairoli and Klaus Bachler in the No. 54 Dinamic-run Porsche 911 GT3 R after winning the 2021 title and the TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa alongside his Iron Lynx Ferrari co-drivers Alessandro Pier Guidi and Nicklas Nielsen.
Ledogar signed a Porsche contract in the off-season although not as a factory driver, while his affiliation with the brand influenced where he ended up racing in 2022.
His program with Dinamic covers the Endurance Cup, NLS and Nürburgring 24.
Dinamic is the only Pro-class Porsche team remaining in GTWC Europe after GPX Racing opted to focus on the Intercontinental GT Challenge powered by Pirelli.
“It was completely from Porsche,” Ledogar told Sportscar365 when asked about the origin of his team switch.
“When I signed my contract with Porsche, we tried to find a championship that could fit me.
“It was something good, to stay in GT World Challenge because I am quite experienced in the championship. And also to go to this team is something great.
“For me it was a decision to take in a certain moment. For sure, I stay close with everyone I race with.
“We are always happy to see each other in the paddock, but I thought it was the moment to move and switch to the Porsche. To stay in an Italian team is also great to me.
“We did only the official test in Paul Ricard, but we have known each other for a long time because I raced against the team in Porsche Carrera Cup Italy.
“We have met in the paddock many times and we kept a good relationship. I went to a test without driving, just to catch up with the guys and get used to it.”
Ledogar, who won the 2014 Carrera Cup France and 2016 Carrera Cup Italy titles, explained that his position as the director of a Porsche single-make team presented some issues with his Pro-class driving role in the Ferrari setup.
CLRT races in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and Porsche Carrera Cup France with multiple entries in each series.
“The team is a Porsche team and I was running in a Ferrari,” Ledogar said.
“For sure this did not help that I was in the Ferrari. But then we had a discussion from some weeks before that.
“I think I have performed well in Porsche Carrera Cup series and the GT world.
“I have a Porsche team and [Ferrari] were not really happy with that. I am not saying that I could have not stayed with Ferrari – I could have. But it was a problem at some point.”
Ledogar’s Porsche contract permits him to drive GT cars from other manufacturers.
It is understood that he is in line to drive for a GTE-Am Ferrari team at the 24 Hours of Le Mans; a race he won as part of Ferrari’s GTE-Pro lineup last year.
No Thoughts Yet of Title Treble Chances
Ledogar could make GTWC Europe history this year by becoming the first driver to win three Endurance cup titles with three different manufacturers, however he is trying not to think about the prospect.
His first championship came in 2016, sharing a Garage 59 McLaren 650S GT3 with Rob Bell and Shane van Gisbergen.
A second success followed five years later with Ferrari and now Ledogar is in a position to deliver a unique treble.
Dinamic drivers Cairoli, Bachler and Christian Engelhart finished sixth in the 2021 standings with a campaign that included a victory at the Monza season-opener.
“It’s early days,” Ledogar said. “It’s not the moment to think about that.
“I know this championship well: it is so tight and tough, and you need to get every single point that you can, at the right moment.
“[The title] is the goal and that’s why I try to focus on little but quality driving this year. I wanted to go on the Nordschleife a lot and I also want to perform well in GT World Challenge.
“But It’s a difficult championship to win and we will only start to think about it in the final [round].”