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    WRT plans to proceed with LMP2 in 2023 WEC alongside BMW LMDh checks

    Workforce boss Vincent Vosse has insisted that the 2021 WEC class title winners will preserve a two-car presence within the sequence in 2023 because it gears as much as graduate to the Hypercar class with the BMW M Hybrid V8 in 2024.

    “We are going to run two automobiles in LMP2: that’s the plan at the moment and usually that ought to be the case,” Vosse informed Autosport.

    “We are going to begin testing subsequent yr with the BMW and could have a pleasant schedule in Europe alongside the IMSA programme in America [run by the Rahal team].”

    Vosse wouldn’t disclose when WRT will obtain its first M Hybrid V8, which has been developed together with Dallara, nor any particulars of the check programme.

    “We’re working a full BMW programme in LMDh, so it’s as much as BMW to announce it,” he acknowledged.

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    Vosse defined that WRT could have the power to check the BMW independently of its deliberate WEC marketing campaign with pair of ORECA-Gibson 07s.

    “As an organisation we’re already greater than 100 individuals, however in fact we’ll want further personnel to run the LMDh in 2024,” he defined.

    “The plan is that everybody will come collectively for the ultimate two WEC rounds of 2023, so the workforce we run in these races is the workforce that will probably be working the BMWs in 2024.”

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    BMW M Hybrid V8

    BMW M Hybrid V8

    Photograph by: BMW

    He mentioned that it stays too early to speak about drivers for subsequent yr’s LMP2 programme, nevertheless it seems probably that Rene Rast will stay a part of the squad after the announcement that he’s leaving Audi to hitch BMW for 2023.

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    This season, the workforce has a link-up with Swiss entrant Realteam for one in every of its two ORECAs.

    Vosse wouldn’t be drawn on WRT’s plans for the GT3 enviornment subsequent yr after the announcement of its break up with long-term companion Audi, which got here a day earlier than affirmation of its partnership with BMW within the WEC.

    He re-iterated the workforce’s intention to stay in GT3, a division by which it has been ultra-successful because the formation of WRT in 2010.

    It may be taken as learn that WRT will run the new-for-2022 BMW M4 GT3 in a well-recognized programme based mostly across the GT World Problem Europe.

    Affirmation of that may very well be a way off, as a result of BMW historically publicizes its companion groups and their programmes in GT3 at its annual prize-giving in December.

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