Laurens Vanthoor announced as Porsche LMDh driver

Laurens Vanthoor announced as Porsche LMDh driver

24.06.2022: Porsche factory driver Laurens Vanthoor is set to compete in LMDh as part of the Porsche Penske Motorsport team starting in 2023. The new Porsche 963 is ready to fight for overall victories in the worldís greatest endurance races. From 2023 onwards,



Porsche factory driver Laurens Vanthoor is set to compete in LMDh as part of the Porsche Penske Motorsport team starting in 2023.


The new Porsche 963 is ready to fight for overall victories in the world’s greatest endurance races. From 2023 onwards, the German manufacturer will field two of the hybrid LMDh-spec prototypes in both the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.



The design as well as the line-up were announced in Goodwood earlier today. The official race debut of the 500 kW (680 PS) vehicles, in the typical Porsche motor racing colors – white, red and black – is planned for January 2023 at the 24 Hours of Daytona, USA.



For the FIA WEC and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, eight initial drivers have been announced. Laurens Vanthoor is among the international squad of works drivers Kevin Estre, Michael Christensen, André Lotterer, Matt Campbell, Mathieu Jaminet as well as the accomplished sports car drivers Dane Cameron and Felipe Nasr.



„I’m extremely proud to announce that I will be part of the Porsche Penske Motorsport team in LMDh. This is something I’ve been dreaming of for the last 10 years and today it’s coming true. To be able to compete in the highest class in Le Mans and Daytona is the ultimate and last step I wished to achieve in my career.



 I’ve always dreamed to win the four big 24h races in the world: Le Mans, Daytona, Spa and Nürburgring. That’s my goal before I hang up my helmet. And there is not a better team to be a part of to achieve this. Dreams come true but the work never ends“, says Vanthoor.



For the factory driver from Belgium the LMDh program is the next step in his successful career. With Porsche he has won the 24h of Le Mans (GTE) in 2018, the IMSA GTLM Championship in 2019, the 24h of Spa in 2020 as well as the IMSA GTD Championship in 2021. While this year’s focus is on the big endurance races as well as the DTM, the motivation for the next challenge is high already.
 

 

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24.06.2022 / MaP

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