Pascal Zurlinden, Porsche’s head of manufacturing unit motorsport, has dominated out the potential for a full Porsche works effort for IMSA’s new-for-2022 GTD Professional class as it will conflict with its buyer racing philosophy.
IMSA is ready to modify from the present GTE-based GTLM class to a brand new ruleset primarily based on the worldwide FIA GT3 laws, because the works presence for the GTE components had been declining for a while.
Porsche beforehand was a pillar of the GTLM class, till it ended the American works effort on the finish of the 2020, citing the monetary affect from the COVID-19 pandemic as a motive for withdrawing.
It has maintained a presence within the class for the 2021 season, because it helps the privateer WeatherTech Racing operation, and likewise provides some assist to varied groups within the present GTD class, however presently doesn’t have a full works presence within the collection.
In response to Zurlinden, that is unlikely to alter for the introduction of the GTD Professional class in 2022, as Porsche gained’t run a full manufacturing unit effort in a category designed for buyer racing.
“On the finish, as we all the time say, GT3 is buyer, [without] a manufacturing unit staff,” Zurlinden mentioned. “If a buyer involves us and says ‘do you wish to run, do you will have manufacturing unit drivers’ and we are able to do one thing, we’d would assist it, however as each buyer programme worldwide. So it’s a buyer choice.”
He went on to reiterate that any Porsche presence within the GTD Professional class must be much like the present WeatherTech Racing operation: privately entered, with a restricted quantity of manufacturing unit assist, versus a full works operation.
“It should be a buyer, as a result of GT3 is buyer pushed, not manufacturing unit pushed,” Zurlinden acknowledged.
With IMSA abandoning the dwindling GTLM class in favor of a GT3 strategy, it has led some to surprise if the ACO itself might in the end go down the identical route and implement a GT3-based class sooner or later.
Zurlinden acknowledges the upsides such a choice might have, however as soon as extra underlines that he believes it shouldn’t intervene with the customer-based philosophy, which is presently one of many components’s strongest belongings.
“It is among the choices on the desk. And doubtless it’s one which might seduce many purchasers while you see we offered 83 911 GT3 Rs the final two years. So there are numerous automobiles which are like this round. The query is: can we take this automotive, is it a Le Mans package or something? It’s nonetheless open.”
“However it actually is an possibility which, I’d say, from a monetary viewpoint for purchasers and for producers, might be the suitable resolution.”
“However GT3 is a buyer racing class. So what’s essential is that it stays with the shoppers, and that’s doesn’t change into a manufacturing unit [approach] with GT3, as a result of this is able to be a fallacious sign in direction of clients worldwide.”
When requested if Porsche would take part in a attainable GT3-based class within the WEC, Zurlinden remained cautious.
“It could possibly be, however that’s by no means the goal for Porsche. As a result of GT3 is unquestionably a buyer class.”