A new baby for the 24 Hours of Le Mans: Porsche confirms a Belgian driver at the wheel of its prototype (video)


Porsche has lifted the veil on its 963 prototype which will compete in the world endurance championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2023. The Limburger Laurens Vanthoor is one of the drivers selected.

If the German manufacturer had already released photos of its new prototype a few months ago, it lifted the veil on the livery and the drivers this Friday, as part of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, in England. The Porsche 963 will race in 2023 in the premier Hypercar category of the World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC) but also in the United States, in the IMSA championship.

Among the pilots already confirmed, we find the Belgian Laurens Vanthoor, for whom this will be the first complete prototype program. It is not yet known whether he will compete in the WEC or the IMSA. He has already participated twice in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in LMP2, in 2015 and 2016. Passed to Porsche in 2017 after representing the interests of Audi, the Limburger has a solid track record with the Stuttgart firm, counting a victory at the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in 2020 but also in the GTE-Pro category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2018.

He was also twice champion in IMSA, in the GTLM category in 2019 and in GTD in 2021. BR private prototype. On the other hand, we have to go back to 2002 to find the last Belgian to have represented a major manufacturer at the highest level of endurance with Eric van de Poele at Bentley.

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