Cadillac Announces Hypercar Lineup; Daytona Outing Set – Sportscar365

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Richard Westbrook, Alex Lynn and Earl Bamber will drive for LMDh manufacturer Cadillac in the Hypercar class of the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship next season.

The General Motors brand on Monday announced the full-season crew for its Chip Ganassi Racing-run factory Cadillac V-LMDh that will compete in the entire seven-lap campaign, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

It has also confirmed that the WEC lineup will also contest the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, marking an additional third Cadillac for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season opener, ushering in the new prototype racing era.

All three WEC drivers are familiar with Cadillac’s prototype machines, having raced the manufacturer’s outgoing DPi car in this year’s WeatherTech Championship.

Bamber and Lynn shared the No. 02 Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac DPi-VR, finishing fourth in the points and winning the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring with Neel Jani.

Westbrook, meanwhile, was in the JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac with Tristan Vautier and finished sixth in the championship.

“We look forward to new challenges by competing in the V-LMDh in the World Endurance Championship,” said Cadillac Global Vice President Rory Harvey.

“Bringing together a team of world-class drivers is paramount to our success next year and Cadillac Racing has achieved that.”

Two-time Le Mans winner Bamber is set for his first season in the WEC’s top class since winning the 2017 World Championship with Porsche in the LMP1 hybrid era.

“I am very happy to continue with Chip Ganassi Racing and Cadillac,” said the New Zealander.

“I enjoyed my first season in DPi and now moving on to the LMDh era and WEC is super exciting. I’m looking forward to fighting for the World Championship and another Le Mans win.

“It was great to have Alex as a teammate in 2022. We have been able to learn and grow together in the DPi and we have a very good cooperation in the WEC.

“We know each other very well and believe that adding Richard will be a seamless transition. Hopefully we can start the 2023 season successfully.”

Lynn, meanwhile, is moving to Hypercar after representing LMP2 team United Autosports in the WEC this year, in addition to his IMSA DPi commitments with Ganassi.

The British driver previously drove for Aston Martin Racing in WEC GTE-Pro for two seasons and took a class win at Le Mans in 2020.

“I think Earl and I work well together because we’re very close, but also because we challenge each other,” Lynn said.

“Whether it’s our driving behaviour, the set-up of the car, we push and demand a lot from each other, but at the same time there is a lot of respect.

“In a way, there’s a bit of brotherly love, which is great, and I think it’s necessary in a successful sports car team. We are delighted that Richard has come on board and that we can continue to build a winning program.”

Westbrook is set for a reunion with Chip Ganassi Racing, who previously drove for the team when it led the works Ford GT program at IMSA for four seasons, winning eight races, including the 2018 Rolex 24 at Daytona in the GT Le Mans-class .

The British driver has already made four Hypercar outings, including two at Le Mans, as driver of the non-hybrid Glickenhaus 007 Pipo LMH.

“After four really good years with Chip Ganassi Racing, I have so many friends there and I’ve always dreamed of coming back one day,” he said.

“It just worked so well between 2016 and 2019, and I’m delighted that we found a route to get back together. I can’t wait, it’s an exciting era in sports car racing right now.

“It’s a really exciting time to be a sports car driver when all the top manufacturers are willing to give it their all. Personally, I enjoy helping develop cars and I’m looking forward to the start of Cadillac’s V-LMDh program.”

Cadillac last week named its full-season drivers for its two-car WeatherTech Championship GTP program, which uses the same car as the WEC.

Alexander Sims joins Pipo Derani in Action Express Racing, while the DPi duo of Sebastien Bourdais and Renger van der Zande continue one more season with Ganassi in the new LMDh era.

Cadillac plans to announce their additional co-drivers for the Michelin Endurance Cup rounds at a later date.

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among others.

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