Last week Porsche revealed it would axe its CORE autosport-run IMSA GT Le Mans program after2020 That suggests Porsche will need to discover ruling GTLM champs Vanthoor and Earl Bamber, and stablemates Nick Tandy and Frederic Makowiecki, brand-new programs for 2021.
After this year, Porsche’s 911 RSR-19 will just be run in the Le Mans 24 Hours and the FIA World Endurance Championship, leaving IMSA with simply 4 automobiles from Corvette and BMW in GTLM.
The WEC’s equivalent GTE Pro class is not in far better shape. The class includes simply 6 automobiles from Porsche, Aston Martin and Ferrari, following Ford and BMW both ending their programs after Le Mans in 2015.
Vanthoor worries Porsche’s IMSA exit might be the start of the end for GTE as a whole.
“It was a big shock when Porsche called me with the news”, Vanthoor informedMotorsport com. “It was totally unforeseen for everybody. Personally I fear the worst. Even this season I felt it was a bit thin with simply 6 automobiles in both IMSA and WEC.
” I do not actually see somebody prepared to leap in either, generally due to the fact that LMDh is coming. It’s difficult to state what’s going to take place, however I fear this might be the end. I hope not, however it would not amaze me.”
Porsche has actually currently commissioned a research study into a possible LMDh entry. The LMP2-based class will be successful the present generation of IMSA DPi models from 2022 and provide makers an opportunity to complete both in America and in WEC and Le Mans for total honours.
While Porsche discussed LMDh was not a consider its choice, Vanthoor confesses the possibility to eliminate for the total win at Le Mans and Daytona is an attracting possibility.
“LMDh is a future goal for me,” stated the 29- year-old, who won the 2018 Le Mans GTE Pro class together with Michael Christensen and KevinEstre “We have actually succeeded in GT and won whatever we could.
“Everyone who follows the sport carefully understands how high the level remains in GTLM. It’s simply as high as DPi or LMP, however you’re not racing for the total success. A class win is not the very same thing. I believe I’m at the perfect age to continue in LMDh, so it’s absolutely my objective.”
Meanwhile, the long-lasting future of GT racing is up in the air. A prospective service might originate from some sort of lodging in between GTE and the GT3 class, SRO’s effective creation which has actually brought in over a lots makers.
IMSA has actually currently accepted GT3 in its GT Daytona class. The production-based classification might likewise use a more affordable option for both factory and consumers groups to complete at Le Mans, and supply a really universal platform for around the world GT racing.
“With LMDh you would be able to race in both IMSA and at Le Mans. It would be great if we could also have that in GT racing”, Vanthoor included. “Everyone would race with the very same automobiles around the world and it’s a lot more affordable.
” GT3 is an entirely various world. With [Timo Bernhard’s GT3 outfit] Team 75 we would take 10 to 15 individuals to the Spa 24Hours At Le Mans that’s around 75 withPorsche To the outdoors world it appears like you’re simply driving a Porsche 911, however in regards to spending plans and intricacy those 2 classifications have absolutely nothing to do with each other.
“You might have a GT Pro and GT Am class, with possibly simply various tires, ABS and horse power. You do not require Formula 1 automobiles to make the program, simply take a look at NASCAR and Australian Supercars.”