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Zurlinden On Porsche’s Future In GT Racing

Following the confirmation of WEC and IMSA Works LMDh programmes from 2023

In addition to the remarks of Pascal Zurlinden, Head of Porsche Factory Motorsport, on the forthcoming 2023 LMDh programme, there were some interesting remarks and responses to media questions on Porsche’s current and future GTE and GT3 programmes:

Will you still be committed to the GTE Pro Class with a 911 RSR as a full works effort?

“For 2021, we are fully committed to WEC with our works team in GTE Pro, what is coming next we will have to evaluate how to continue the success story of the 911 RSR.”

Is any impact at all predicted on the customer end of GT racing by the decision to start an LMDh programme? One would presume not.

“No, no influence at all. If you just look at the numbers, in GT3 over the last two years, we sold 85 cars, which means we have many customers running around the world and so it will not influence what the customers decide to do.”

You’re committing to GTE next year? Do you think the category has a future with LMDH coming? And without GTE Pro? Can GTE Am survive? Is there a business case for the manufacturers to keep making enough cars to make it viable?

“GTE Pro is something we will have to monitor and evaluate in the next months and years.

“To answer your question on GTE Am, just look at the starting field this year at Le Mans. 50% of the field from the 60 car grid were GTE and there were only six official factory GTE Pro cars engaged, which means 24 cars, were run by private teams.

“We built 10 RSR 19 this year. All were sold, and we hope to see them racing next year in the ELMS and WEC. And if customers are investing in new cars you can see them running probably for two or three years. So to say now what could be coming in 2024 it’s probably too early.

“There is a future, customers are there, just look at the numbers of Ferrari and Porsche in this class and Aston Martin.”