Where are the Porsche customer teams?

Victim of its success during the first hours which followed the revelation of the livery of the name of the Porsche 963 with the successive announcements of JOTA and JDC-Miller MotorSports, the German manufacturer has since no longer communicated on its future customers in competition.

Last May, alongside the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, the names of WeatherTech Racing, Pfaff Motorsports, United Autosports and above all Proton Competition stood out, in addition to JOTA. In the lot, Richard Dean’s team has never hidden its desire to go into Hypercar, but has since confirmed its presence in the LM P2 category for the 2022 season, confirming its star driver Filipe Albuquerque in passing.

Proton in IMSA and WEC with the Porsche 963?

The interests of WeatherTech Racing and Pfaff Motorsports no longer gave any signs of life, while the more surprising one of AJ Foyt Racing made its appearance. The team engaged in IndyCar thus hoped to finalize an agreement with the German manufacturer around its driver in charge of the ovals, JR Hildebrand. The Stuttgart firm even favored this partnership, but the financial difficulties of the legendary American driver’s team are no secret, to the point of seeing the No. 11 single-seater shared between Tatiana Calderón and JR Hildebrand not finish the season. A premature end to the consequences of late payments from the sponsor ROKiT. The Texan team is not even sure of being able to field a second car in 2022, this one can be recovered by Stefan Wilson and Cusick Motorsport, 33rd and last car entered in the Indy 500 2022.

Two entries being already reserved for Team Penske and a third having fallen into the hands of JDC-Miller MotorSports, only one remains available in IMSA. Just like in the WEC, where JOTA, associated with Hertz, won the third entry. Associated with Porsche for several years, Proton Competition could therefore do a double blow by recovering the two remaining 963s.

The question of the customer stables still being posed in mid-September, that of the calendar of the latter follows from this. The development of the prototype experienced unforeseen in recent weeks where the Germans have notably encountered problems with the MGU. On the sidelines of its last test session at Daytona, Porsche has thus announced its absence from the 8 Hours of Bahrain, the final round of the WEC on November 12, to optimize its time and its test schedule before its official entry into competition at the 24 Hours. of Daytona (January 26-29). The manufacturer is indeed aiming for 30,000 test kilometers by the Florida double lap, but has only covered just over half (16,000).

The complicated debut of the Peugeot 9X8 during the 6 Hours of Monza demonstrated the problems that can be encountered during a first in competition and it is logical that Porsche has decided to avoid a possible Bahraini snub. With recent concerns, the Stuttgart-based firm should first of all work to ensure that its official cars are ready for the first deadlines, Daytona therefore for the IMSA, and the 1000 Miles of Sebring for the WEC (March 2022). Customers could then wait a bit before entering the competition, including those who have already purchased their prototype…

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