Porsche Motorsport Logo
International
International
The Porsche 963 #6 is rolled into the garage by the pit team.

6/7/2023

First stress test ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Paving the way for training and qualifying.

The preparations of the Porsche teams for the fourth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) are already in full swing: On Sunday, June 4, they could gather some insights on the 13,626 kilometer-long track.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the three Porsche Penske Motorsport 963 vehicles rolled onto the hot asphalt of the Circuit de la Sarthe for the first time. On a sunny and summery day, the driver teams of the #5, #6 and #75 completed a total of 1934,9 kilometers in 142 rounds. Though the number five and six already completed three runs throughout the WEC race calendar, the test run is of equally great improtance for them as the #75, which will participate as additional vehicle for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Beside them, the Customer Racing team Hertz Team JOTA could also gain essential information for the upcoming race, expanding upon their first experiences with the Porsche 963 in Spa-Francorchamps.

 

The teams fully focused on tire testing, data collection and changes on the racetrack. Particularly the latter was relevant, as 70 percent of the track sections run on public roads and these are subject to signs of wear – that is what defines Le Mans. André Lotterer reported, "I have the impression that the bumps have become more extreme in some places - for example in the Indianapolis area." The Customer Racing Team driver Ben Barker in the Porsche 911 RSR #86 also noticed the changes, "The curbs in the Tertre Rouge area are new, and there's also new tarmac in some sections."

 

As the temperatures rose up to 27° Celsius, the tire performance also improved and the vehicles could test higher speeds in the tighter turns. All this helps the teams prepare for the first two free practices and the qualifying on Wednesday, June 7. The teams are satisfied with the results, even though the Porsche 963 #75 was forced to take a break for two hours as a component of the braking system had to be switched out due to a defect. Feel good moment of the day: Laurens Vanthoor performed the second-fastest lap with a lap time of 3:29,648 minutes in the Porsche 963 #6. 

It was very important that we were able to put our team structure, all the tools and all the equipment to the test during this day.

Jonathan DiuguidManaging Director Porsche Penske Motorsport

Over 450 rounds for the Customer Racing teams.

In the meantime, the Hertz Team JOTA drove 55 rounds with their golden Porsche 963 #38 on the historical track. The Porsche driver Yifei Ye is satisfied with the vehicle's performance, "Our car is running really well on this very special track. Now we have to analyse the findings from today and translate this into further progress."

 

The five customer racing teams in the GTE Am class could complete 6213 kilometers with their eight Porsche 911 RSR. Even for driving veterans on the Circuit de la Sarthe, these tests are incredibly important. For there is one thing, all teams can agree on: Le Mans is special – as track, but also as event.

I'm very pleased with how smoothly the processes worked in our big team with three cars. It was a successful day for us overall.

Urs KuratleDirector Factory Motorsport LMDh
The Porsche 963 #75 during a pit stop.
The Porsche 963 #6 on the racetrack.
The Hertz Team Jota Porsche 963 #38 on the track, followed by the Porsche 963 #75.
The Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR #911 in the pit.
Three Porsche 911 RSR racing in a row on a long straight.
The Proton Competiton Porsche 911 RSR #88, followed by the Project 1 - AO Porsche 911 RSR #56.
The Iron Lynx Porsche 911 RSR #60 on the racetrack.
The Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR #77 on the racetrack.
Share

Recommended articles

The Porsche 963 at dusk on the racetrack.

Ready for the race of a century in Le Mans.

Between nostalgia and forward momentum.
Four members of the Porsche Penske Motorsport Team pushing the Porsche 963.

Ready to start: the Porsche Penske Motorsport drivers in Le Mans.

WEC
The Porsche 963 in front of the Porsche Experience Center on the racetrack in Le Mans.

Livestreams during the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

4th race of the World Endurance Championship.