- Corvette to join GTE Pro class for select races
- Ferrari and Porsche set to move to hypercar class for 2023
Manufacturers Porsche and Ferrari have committed to racing in the World Endurance Championship's (WEC) GTE Pro class until the end of 2022.
A spokesman for Porsche told Autosport: ‘We will continue in 2022 with the same programme as this year, which means a factory engagement with two cars.’
Autosport also said that Ferrari offered a similar statement, saying it will ‘continue in GTE Pro 2021 and ’.
Their recommitment will ensure the stability of the class for the next two seasons following Aston Martin's withdrawal at the end of 2020.
Both Porsche and Ferrari are planning to run two cars each for the duration of the WEC season in 2021.
Ferrari's 488 GTE Evo and Porsche's 911 RSR will also be joined by American manufacturer Corvette for select races, including the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans race.
Corvette is planning to increase its WEC involvement in future after the IMSA Sports Car Championship dropped its equivalent GT Le Mans class for 2022.
Looking to the future of the WEC GTE Pro class, regulations beyond 2022 are foggier. Porsche and Ferrari are planning to leave the GTE Pro class for a move to the hypercar prototype class.
A Ferrari spokesperson told Autosport that the Scuderia will ‘focus on its Le Mans Hypercar programme’ ahead of 2023, with Porsche stating to the publication that 2023 is ‘a different topic because we will be racing with our LMDh and in the current planning there will be a works team’.