Porsche to return to Le Mans with new prototype in 2023

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In the round-up: Porsche has confirmed it will return to the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2023, six years on from its last entry and victory in the race.

Porsche returns to Le Mans

Porsche LMDh design concept
Porsche LMDh design concept

Porsche is developing a prototype for the new LMDh rules, under which it will be able to compete in both the World Endurance Championship, including at Le Mans, and IMSA. LMDh cars will weigh around 1,000kg and produce 680bhp.

“The new LMDh category allows us to fight for overall victories with a hybrid system at the Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring classics without breaking the bank,” said Porsche CEO Oliver Blume. “The project is extremely attractive for Porsche. Endurance racing is part of our brand’s DNA.”

Porsche holds the record for most wins by a manufacturer at Le Mans. Its most recent success, with Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber in 2017, was its 19th.

Porsche’s fellow Volkswagen Group brand Audi, which recently announced plans to discontinue its Formula E project, also intends to return to Le Mans in the LMDh class. Toyota, winners of the last three races at La Sarthe, and Peugeot are developing cars for the Hypercar regulations.

What they say

Russell says he can look back on Williams’ year with pride as the team closed the gap to the midfield:

When I looked in my mirrors with five laps remaining, it felt pretty similar to last week. I said on the radio “Valtteri is behind” but this time he was lapping me. So it was a little bit different.

But nevertheless, we made the most of it. I look back on this season with a lot of pride with the step we’ve made forward as a team. When you look back on last year, we were so far behind. [But] we’re still far from where we want to be.

[For] me personally as a driver, ups and downs, a lot to be proud of, a lot to learn from – Imola was a proper rookie error. And obviously, last week in Bahrain, the great opportunity I had with Mercedes. It’s been an emotional and intense season on and off the circuit.

Quotes: Dieter Rencken

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