Vanthoor was revealed on the Goodwood Pageant of Velocity final month as one of many 10 drivers who will race for the manufacturing unit Porsche Penske Motorsport staff subsequent 12 months throughout the World Endurance Championship and IMSA SportsCar Championship.
The Belgian will be part of fellow GT works drivers Kevin Estre, Michael Christensen, Matt Campbell and Matthieu Jaminet, plus Porsche Components E ace Andre Lotterer and previously-announced pair Felipe Nasr and Dane Cameron. Two extra drivers are but to be introduced.
Following the announcement, Vanthoor mentioned getting an opportunity to compete for outright victories at Le Mans and Daytona in a prototype “is one thing I’ve been dreaming of for the final 10 years” and described it as “the last word and final step I wanted to realize in my profession”.
Vanthoor has raced for Porsche since 2017, incomes accolades together with the 2019 IMSA GTLM and 2021 IMSA GTD titles, in addition to 24-hour race victories at Le Mans within the GTE Professional class (2018) and outright at Spa (2020).
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Throughout his time at Audi, he had ambitions of becoming a member of fellow GT aces Rene Rast, Oliver Jarvis and Filipe Albuquerque in its LMP1 programme and made two LMP2 appearances at Le Mans in preparation earlier than the Ingolstadt model pulled out of the WEC in 2016.
Requested by Autosport if he’s now better-prepared to make a mark on prototype racing than he would have been at Audi, Vanthoor mentioned: “I do, that’s one thing which, whenever you’re youthful, you don’t realise.
“I’m pleased that it’s going to occur now, as a result of during the last years particularly when becoming a member of Porsche, and doing totally different sorts of racing in America and extra endurance racing as effectively, and dealing with a producer like that, I’ve discovered loads.
“For certain, I’m much more skilled and prepared for it than I used to be again within the day at Audi, and now I perceive that as effectively.
“I’m now 31 and I take into account this LMDh step because the final and ultimate step in my profession.
“I’m on the highest expertise degree I’ve been to date and I’m nonetheless not too outdated, so let’s name it the prime of your profession, so I feel in the long run it’s an ideal timing.”
Vanthoor revealed his deliberate transfer into the LMDh programme “was sort of determined final 12 months, in summer time”, which had given him “time to course of the joy”.
He has mixed improvement work with racing within the DTM for SSR Efficiency, incomes a greatest end result to date of fourth on the Norisring.
However recognising that it’s necessary for Porsche that its clients are profitable in DTM, Vanthoor says the approaching prototypes swap received’t be a distraction within the the rest of his season.
“I’m not likely distracted by that,” he mentioned.
“I do know this comes as we’re testing and for certain you’ve got part of your mind engaged on that, however when you hear [the announcement] you’re not likely fascinated by that, it’s somewhat actually the need and the main target to do effectively.
“Regardless of which race or no matter I do, I wish to win – 100%.
“Regardless that I do know that my future could be someplace else, nonetheless I wish to end this venture on a optimistic be aware.
“However it’s sort of unusual figuring out that more than likely I’ll solely be doing [DTM] this 12 months, so there can be full give attention to that.”
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