In the press release issued on June 24, Porsche confirmed its desire to compete in the non-classified 8 Hours of Bahrain (November 12), with the aim of perfecting its preparation for the 2023 season. The opportunity to face the Toyota, the Peugeot and the Glickenhaus before a campaign where the objective will be well and truly to win from the start.
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Alas, according to our information, it will ultimately be nothing. Delayed by MGU problems and extended delays in the supply of parts, the 963 would not yet be ready enough to face the horrors of the competition and the decision would therefore have been taken not to give back to Sakhir.
It is therefore at the 24 Hours of Daytona (January 28-29) that the 963 will make its first outing in the race. To see it cross swords with the 9X8, the GR010 and – hopefully – the 007 LMH, you will have to wait until the 1000 miles of Sebring next March.