The extension of the dedication of the 2 remaining producers within the WEC’s prime GT division after Aston Martin’s withdrawal on the finish of 2020 ensures that the division will proceed for a minimum of one other season past the soon-to-begin 2021 marketing campaign.
That’s consistent with the place of WEC promoter the Car Membership de l’Ouest and the FIA, which have each acknowledged that there isn’t a intent to switch the category earlier than 2023 on the earliest.
A spokesman for Porsche instructed Autosport: “We’ll proceed in 2022 with the identical programme as this 12 months, which suggests a manufacturing unit engagement with two vehicles.”
Ferrari has supplied an analogous assertion, saying that it’ll “proceed in GTE Professional 2021 and ’22”.
Each Ferrari and Porsche are operating two vehicles in full programmes within the WEC this season with the AF Corse and Manthey groups respectively.
The works Ferrari 488 GTE Evos and Porsche 911 RSRs will likely be joined for chosen races, together with the Le Mans 24 Hours, by Chevrolet’s Corvette Racing operation, whereas the Proton Competitors-run WeatherTech and HubAuto Corsa Porsche groups are additionally on the Le Mans entry in GTE Professional.
Corvette appears set to extend its participation within the WEC subsequent season within the wake of the IMSA SportsCar Championship’s abandonment of its equal GT Le Mans class for 2022 in favour of a brand new ‘GT Daytona Professional’ class for GT3 equipment.
Chevrolet stated that it was evaluating “future racing alternatives” for the mid-engined Corvette C8.R launched firstly of 2020 on the affirmation that will probably be competing with a solo automobile within the opening spherical of the 2021 WEC at Spa on 1 Could.
The way forward for the GTE rules past 2022, when Ferrari and Porsche will transfer into the Hypercar prototype class of the WEC, is far much less clear.
#51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE EVO: Alessandro Pier Guidi, James Calado
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Ferrari’s spokesperson defined that the Italian marque will “concentrate on its Le Mans Hypercar programme” for 2023.
Porsche described 2023 as “a special subject as a result of we will likely be racing with our LMDh and within the present planning there will likely be a works crew”.
The spokesperson appeared to rule out any sort of manufacturing unit GT engagement within the WEC ought to the ACO and the FIA comply with IMSA’s lead and transfer to GT3 guidelines for 2023.
“Fritz Enzinger [Porsche Motorsport boss] has been clearly saying that, for us, GT3 is buyer racing,” he stated.
The ACO and FIA stated in a joint assertion that no choices have been made about its plans for the GT classes past 2022.
“The LMGTE ruleset gives a robust full-season entry within the FIA WEC throughout the Professional and Am lessons, and the character of the vehicles, with out driver aids, makes them extremely standard amongst the opponents,” it learn.
“The long run stays open, however the choice won’t be imminent and LMGTE vehicles will compete within the WEC till a minimum of the tip of the 2022 season. An extended-term technique will likely be mentioned and determined on the FIA Endurance Committee conferences later this 12 months.”
Ferrari expressed a need for what its spokesman known as “some sort of GT plus class” to proceed inside the WEC and the sister European Le Mans Collection. “There are loads of gentleman drivers racing our vehicles and they’re necessary clients for us,” he stated.
Ferrari and Porsche have each admitted that they’re creating new vehicles for the subsequent set of GT3 guidelines on account of come into drive in 2023.