WEC 2023 start list: Hypercar class with 13 cars from Porsche, Ferrari & Co.

(Motorsport-Total.com) – 38 participants including 13 in the Hypercar category have registered for the 2023 season of the World Endurance Championship (WEC). This is according to the provisional list of participants, which was published on Wednesday by the World Automobile Association FIA.

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After a few quantitatively lean years, the hypercar class is once again living up to its status as the premier class of the WEC 2023. With Cadillac, Porsche, Ferrari, Toyota and Peugeot, five manufacturers with nine cars are battling for overall victory.

The upper class is not only growing with the new LMDh cars from Porsche and Cadillac. The hypercar van wall developed by ByKolles is also on the list of participants. With former Formula 1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve, the team can boast of having a top driver.

Glickenhaus there – Isotta-Fraschini disappeared

The Glickenhaus team has also signed up for the season with a hypercar. The Italian Isotta-Fraschini hypercar project, on the other hand, is missing from the list. The nominated team, Vector Sport, instead entered again for the LMP2 class.


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However, not all of the 13 cars entered in the hypercar class will compete at the start of the season at Sebring in mid-March. Porsche had announced that customer cars from Jota and Proton would not be delivered until April and would therefore be ready to be used in the third race of the season at Spa-Francorchamps.

The LMP2 class is shrinking from 15 to 11 cars compared to the 2022 season – despite the return of Alpine, which is temporarily returning to LMP2 after two years with the old LMP1 vehicle in the hypercar class. The vehicles are all Oreca 07s, although Alpine uses the cars under the designation Alpine A470.

14 cars in GTE Am

With 14 vehicles, the GTE Am is the class with the most participants. Six of them bet on the Porsche 911 RSR-19. In addition to the German racing teams Project1 and Proton, there is also the new factory team Lamborghini Iron Lynx, which previously raced with Ferrari in the WEC.

A car from the Italian team will again be at the start under the name Iron Dames with a 100% female field. Four Ferraris – three from AF Corse and one from the Swiss team Kessel – three Aston Martins and a Corvette complete the GTE Am field.

WEC 2023 Participant List

Hypercar (13 cars)
#2 – Cadillac – Cadillac-V-LMDh – Bamber/Lynn/Westbrook
#4 – Vanwall – Vanwall Vandervell 680 – Dillmann/Guerrieri/Villeneuve
#5 – Porsche Penske – Porsche 963 – Cameron/Christensen/Makowiecki
#6 – Porsche Penske – Porsche 963 – Estre/Lotterer/Vanthoor
#7 – Toyota – Toyota GR010 Hybrid – Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez
#8 – Toyota – Toyota GR010 Hybrid – Beumi/Hartley/Hirakawa
#38 – Jota – Porsche 963 – Ye/tba/tba
#50 – Ferrari-AF Corse – Ferrari 499P – Pier Guidi/Calado/Gionvinazzi
#51 – Ferrari-AF Corse – Ferrari 499P – Fuoco/Molina/Nielsen
#93 – Peugeot – Peugeot 9X8 – from Resta/Jensen/Vergne
#94 – Peugeot – Peugeot 9X8 – Duval/Menezed/Muller
#99 – Proton – Porsche 963 – Burnished/tba/tba
#708 – Glickenhaus – Glickenhaus 007 – Dumas/tba/tba

LMP2 (11 cars)
#9 – Prema – Oreca 07 – Gibson – Correa/tba/tba
#10 – Vector Sport – Oreca 07 – Gibson – Cullen/tba/tba
#22 – United Autosport – Oreca 07-Gibson – Albuquerque/Hanson/tba
#23 – United Autosport – Oreca 07-Gibson – /Pierson/Blomqvist/Jarvis
#28 – Jota – Oreca 07 – Gibson – Heinemeier Hansson/Fittipaldi/Rasmussen
#31 – WRT – Oreca 07 – Gibson – Gelael/tba/tba
#34 – Inter Europol – Oreca 07 – Gibson – Smiechowski/Scherer/tba
#35 – Alpine – Alpine A470 Gibson – Vaxiviere/tba/tba
#36 – Alpine – Alpine A470 – Gibosn – Negrao/tba/tba
#41 – WRT – Oreca 07 – Gibson – Andrade/tba/tba
#63 – Prema – Oreca 07 – Gibson – Pin/tba/tba

LMGTE Am (14 cars)
#21 – AF Corse – Ferrari 488 GTE Evo – Costantini/Mann/de Pauw
#25 – ORT by TF – Aston Martin Vantage AMR – Al Harthy/Dinan/Eastwood
#33 – Corvette – Chevrolet Corvette C8.R – Keating/tba/Catsburg
#54 – AF Corse – Ferrari 488 GTE Evo – Flohr/Castellaci/tba
#56 – Project1 – Porsche 911 RSR-19 – Hyett/Jeanette/tba
#57 – Kessel – Ferrari 488 GTE Evo – Kimura/Huffaker/Serra
#60 – Iron Lynx – Porsche 911 RSR-19 – Schiavoni/tba/tba
#77 – Dempsey Proton – Porsche 911 RSR-19 – Ried/tba/tba
#83 – AF Corse – Ferrari 488 GTE Eco – Perez Companc/tba/tba
#85 – Iron Ladies – Porsche 911 RSR-19 – Bovy/Gatting/Frey
#86 – GR Racing – Porsche 911 RSR-19 – Wainwright/tba/tba
#88 – Proton – Porsche 911 RSR-19 – Tincknell/tba/tba
#98 – North West AMR – Aston Martin Vantange AMR – Dalla Lana/tba/tba
#777 – D’Station – Aston Martin Vantage AMR – Hoshino/Stevenson/Fujii

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