Le Mans 24h comeback a ‘long-term’ ambition


Andre Lotterer says he solely sees a Le Mans 24 Hours comeback as a ‘long-term’ objective regardless of Porsche having dedicated to a return to sportscar racing’s high flight.

Late final 12 months, Porsche confirmed plans to bid for a twentieth outright win at La Sarthe in 2023 with a automobile constructed to the brand new LMDh rules that will likely be used for each the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Lotterer, who drives for Porsche in System E, had beforehand signalled his want to return to Le Mans with the German marque if it ever determined to contend for total victory once more.

However the 39-year-old, a three-time winner of the French basic with Audi, says that guaranteeing Porsche achieves its objectives in System E stays his instant precedence.

“It’s not on my thoughts proper now, however I’m a Porsche driver they usually introduced [the LMDh project], so I might be mendacity if I mentioned I didn’t need to do it,” Lotterer advised Motorsport.com. “It is one in all my desires to win Le Mans for Porsche, it could be one thing fairly particular. 

“We obtained shut in 2017 after which as everyone knows Porsche pulled out and I joined System E. Now we’re collectively once more, I might love to affix, nevertheless it’s a long-term factor [going back to Le Mans] and there are huge challenges forward in System E.

“I’m nonetheless dedicated to System E, I invested numerous time and power within the mission and the programme remains to be younger. We’ve got huge targets additionally for the third 12 months [in 2021-22], so that is one thing I’m placing numerous power into.”

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Lotterer gained Le Mans for the primary time in 2011 alongside Audi squadmates Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler, and the trio triumphed once more in 2012 and ‘14.

The German skipped the race final 12 months for the primary time since 2008 as he centered on his Porsche System E commitments, his most up-to-date appearances within the race having been a pair of outings for privateer LMP1 squad Insurrection Racing in 2018-19.

At first Lotterer mixed his Insurrection duties with racing in FE for DS Techeetah, however following the conclusion of the 2018-19 WEC superseason he shifted his full focus to the all-electric sequence, and hasn’t made any skilled appearances elsewhere since then.

Requested the place he expects to focus his efforts for the rest of his top-line profession, Lotterer replied: “I’m at all times serious about a very good mixture of what I like to do and one thing that’s fascinating to do. FE is a superb combination as a result of I really like the competitors and racing in cities, which is admittedly cool and actually difficult. Le Mans is a superb platform as effectively – by its very nature it’s at all times significant when it comes to effectivity.

“Being with Porsche means there’ll at all times be one thing good to do in that sense, as a result of motorsport is of their DNA and they’re at all times pushing the bounds of know-how. So I believe I’m in good palms for the long run and I’ll comply with them in whichever challenges they do.”

Lotterer, a two-time champion in SUPER GT and title winner in System Nippon (now Tremendous System), added {that a} future return to racing in Japan was “realistically not in my plans”.

His final season racing in Japan got here in 2017 with TOM’S in Tremendous System earlier than he bowed out to concentrate on his WEC and System E commitments.

Pole sitter Andre Lotterer, Staff Tom’s

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