Porsche in search of a 20th success at Le Mans: “One goal: to win”

With six cars and two victories under its belt in the WEC this season, Porsche is the legitimate favorite for the 24 2024 Hours of Le Mans with the clear objective of achieving a 20th victory in the Sarthe.

Published on 11/06/2024 à 11:49

Dorian Grangier

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Porsche in search of a 20th success at Le Mans: “One goal: to win”

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Announced favorites, justified favorites and assumed favorites: Porsche arrives in Sarthe with quite a label, at the dawn of these 24 Hours of Le Mans 2024. The Stuttgart manufacturer, already winner of the event 19 times – a record, need we specify? – has powerful arguments before the 92nd edition.

In addition to the three official cars, the German firm will also present its three customer cars (two JOTAs and a Proton Competition), bringing the total to six 963s at the start. The manufacturer most represented in Hypercar, by far! Not to mention the various successes encountered by Porsche in 2024 with already, in WEC, two victories (Qatar with the No. 6 Porsche, Spa-Francorchamps with the No. 12 JOTA) during the first three rounds of the season!

Obviously, upon arriving in Sarthe, Porsche is legitimately aiming for a 20th victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, driven by excellent momentum in recent months. “Porsche has only one goal at Le Mans: to win, says Thomas Laudenbach, Vice President of Porsche Motorsport. We hold the record for the number of victories and we are determined to add another triumph to our record. This puts pressure on everyone involved but we are in no way underestimating our opponents. »

“The top category of Hypercars is extremely competitive with a total of 23 prototypes and nine different manufacturers. This is precisely what motivates ushe adds. We want to highlight our expertise and technical skills in the toughest race in the world. This applies not only to our factory team, but also to the strong customer teams with their Porsche 963s.”

An ideal Test Day for Porsche

Even before the first Free Practice, which will take place on Wednesday, Porsche has started its week in Sarthe on the right foot by setting the best time of the Test Day and placing three 963s in the Top 4 on Sunday. “Our preparations went very well, whether during the first races of the year on both sides of the Atlantic or during last Sunday's tests., explains Urs Kuratle, director of the LMDh program. It's great to see how the suspense continues to build among everyone on the team. Everyone works with total concentration. We are united by one big goal: we want to achieve Porsche's 20th overall victory. I'm curious to see how the competition develops over the next few days. »

“We got off to an excellent start during the test day, adds Jonathan Diuguid, general manager of Porsche Penske Motorsport. We expect conditions to be equally good for practice, qualifying and both days of racing. If so, the lessons learned from these trials will have been very useful. We will then have to concentrate on the adjustments to be made to the cars. » Porsche's last victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans dates back to 2017: will the Stuttgart firm put an end to this wait to take its record to 20 titles in Sarthe? Answer Sunday afternoon!

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Dorian Grangier

A young journalist nostalgic for the motorsport of yesteryear. Raised on the exploits of Sébastien Loeb and Fernando Alonso.

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