Patience is the mother of all virtues. The teams that are customers of Porsche in Endurance should repeat this adage over and over as the frustration is growing day by day. The German manufacturer’s LMDh is still in development, and if it will be present at the 24 Hours of Daytona (January 28-29) for its first official appearance, this will only be the case for the Porsche-Penske factory team. The Stuttgart firm’s customers in IMSA, JDC-Miller MotorSports and Proton Competition should thus be deprived of competition until Laguna Seca (May 12-14, 2023), according to Porsche estimates. The two teams did not even have the opportunity to test it during pre-season testing, due to supply delays. The same is true for Jota in the WEC.
A heavy delay in delivery, while all the other teams already have some experience with their new mounts. For its part, JDC-Miller is forced to wait. However, waiting is far from passive. The structure based in Savage, Minnesota (United States), closely scrutinized the running of the Porsche 963 during private tests and winter tests at Daytona.
The engineers and mechanics of the American team were able to experience the development of the new LMDh, with a presence during a 36-hour simulation at Sebring, in October. « The results have been very positive.underlined John Church, president and director of the JDC-Miller team. Our group of engineers and mechanics were able to see everything that was going on, ask any questions we might have, and get straight answers. Everything was done open book. (…) [Il fallait] getting to know the car and the systems, understanding why things work the way they do. For now, it’s more about covering miles than going fast. The 36 hour trial was very encouraging. The car kept turning and chaining laps. »
JDC-Miller continues preparation despite frustration
If John Church admits that a certain “frustration” is present because of this delay in supply and the consequences which result from it, he underlines the good relationship maintained with the Stuttgart firm. “It’s a bit frustrating to have to wait, but we’re making the most of it and Porsche and Penske have been very supportive. (…) It is possible that we will be in Sebring, but for the moment we have no intention of doing so. All I can say for sure is that we’ll get it rolling as soon as we get it. »
In the meantime, JDC-Miller Motorsports is preparing behind the scenes. If the crew in GTP has not yet been revealed, the Frenchman Tristan Vautier should be there. He was also present at the tests at Daytona, last December, as a simple spectator. The team will be very attentive to the debut of the Porsche 963. « Even if we don’t have a car, we will be there, says John Church. We’ll keep an eye on the GTP class, figure out what’s going on and why, and put it all to good use in our own program when the time comes. »
The team will not sit idly by at the start of the season and plans to run a Duqueine LM P3 at Daytona, Sebring and on the rest of the IMSA calendar. Participation in the Michelin Pilot Challenge is also on the table with the new Audi RS3 LMS TCR, renewing the relationship with Unitronic and drivers Chris Miller and Mikey Taylor.
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