The ultra-successful operation that has six former drivers on the Formulation 1 grid is shifting into sportscars for the primary time within the wake of July’s announcement of a tie-up with WEC Ferrari common Iron Lynx to create an Italian super-team.
It has been confirmed that the brand new set-up shall be working the benchmark ORECA-Gibson 07 within the WEC subsequent yr, though the workforce has but to outline the extent of its programme.
Iron Lynx workforce principal Andrea Piccini advised Autosport: “The thought from the start was convey drivers from karting to F1, which is what Prema has been doing for a very long time, however not everybody could make it to the highest of single-seaters, so we need to provide an additional answer in prototypes.”
Rene Rosin, who runs Prema, added: “That is an extremely thrilling growth for our workforce and can lead us right into a highly-motivating new dimension.
“We’re trying ahead to collaborating with the Iron Lynx workforce to share finest observe and information, which we hope will solely be the beginning of a profitable future in endurance racing.”
Piccini has revealed that one ORECA chassis has up to now been ordered and that testing with the automotive will start as quickly as doable to start out making ready for subsequent season.
He defined that no determination had been made on the variety of vehicles Prema will run within the WEC and whether or not it can even be represented within the sister European Le Mans Collection by which Iron Lynx additionally competes with Ferrari.
#60 Iron Lynx Ferrari 488 GTE Evo: Claudio Schiavoni, Andrea Piccini, Matteo Cressoni
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“The plan is to do the WEC as a result of it’s a very powerful championship and the most effective place to study and acquire expertise,” stated Piccini, who helped set up Iron Lynx forward of the 2018 season.
“It is too early to say what number of vehicles we’ll run and whether or not we’ll do the ELMS or possibly some additional races.
“We need to get the primary automotive, begin performing some testing after which gauge the curiosity in our venture.”
Prema and Iron Lynx will proceed their current programmes subsequent season, Piccini careworn.
“We do not need both workforce to be weakened as a result of we’re doing one thing new,” he defined.
Piccini additionally admitted curiosity within the Hypercar division of the WEC, which from 2023 shall be open to LMP2-based LMDh equipment in addition to the present Le Mans Hypercars.
“We’re at an vital second in sportscar racing, so now was the best time to leap into prototypes,” he stated.
Requested if Iron Lynx and Prema have aspirations to run a Ferrari LMH ought to the Italian producer make buyer vehicles out there, Piccini stated: “Ferrari is our strategic companion in GT racing, so for certain we now have our eye on that state of affairs.”
The homeowners of Iron Lynx, Swiss-based DC Racing Options, introduced that Prema had come under its control in July.
It’s understood that it has taken the bulk shareholding within the workforce beforehand held by F1 boss Lawrence Stroll.