It signifies that the WEC groups are scheduled to have their automobiles prepared for spherical three at Spa and the IMSA squads not till spherical 4 at Laguna Seca on the earliest.
The British Jota group, which claimed its third Le Mans LMP2 victory this yr, was the primary buyer group to declare a programme in WEC for 2023. This was adopted by JDC-Miller Motorsports revealing its plans to run a automotive within the IMSA SportsCar Championship.
Porsche in the end intends to have 4 automobiles within the fingers of privateers within the inaugural yr of this system, cut up equally throughout the WEC and IMSA, however has now confirmed these plans are delayed – having beforehand acknowledged that they had been unlikely to race within the Daytona 24 Hours.
“There are provide chain issues,” mentioned Porsche Motorsport’s LMDh director Urs Kuratle. “Our prospects all knew once they signed the contracts that the automobiles can be delivered in April subsequent yr, and with the calendars meaning Daytona, Sebring, Lengthy Seashore and Portimao it’s not attainable to have the client automobiles.
“We don’t like this reality, the purchasers not additionally, not even the governance our bodies however that’s the way in which it’s. We communicated that fairly early, and that’s mainly nonetheless the case.
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“The automobiles can be prepared on the finish of April, proper now we’re in communication with the purchasers as a result of we wish to clearly convey them as quickly as attainable to the automotive.
“Representatives from the purchasers are within the paddock this week, they joined us throughout our earlier exams and once we buildup the automobiles they’ll be part of it to get them as shut as attainable.”
In addition to Jota and JDC-Miller, Proton Competitors is predicted to ultimately be a part of them with a twin programme with a pair of Porsche’s LMDh prototypes throughout IMSA and WEC.
It means the soonest a buyer automotive is perhaps seen is the Jota automotive within the Spa 6 Hours WEC spherical on the finish of April, however Kuratle couldn’t verify this. The primary IMSA race for JDC-Miller would probably be at Laguna Seca in mid-Could.
“There’s not a date but for every automotive, however will probably be April,” he added. “And that has by no means truly modified.”