World Endurance Championship (WEC) 2023/2024 Season: Lamborghini’s Successful Debut with the New SC63

    The recent three-day test at the Portimao circuit in Portugal was a crucial step for Lamborghini and its Iron Lynx factory squad as they prepare for the double-points round of the 2023 World Endurance Championship (WEC) on June 15-16. Despite the wet conditions that prevailed for the majority of the test, team principal Andrea Piccini is confident in the new-for-2024 Lamborghini SC63’s reliability, as demonstrated by its successful debut performances in the WEC and IMSA SportsCar Championship in North America.

    Reliability and Performance Improvements

    “There was a lot of rain and it was not ideal,” Piccini acknowledged. “But we don’t think it will be a problem: we’ve finished a 10-hour WEC race at Qatar and a 12-hour IMSA race at Sebring, so the reliability seems good. I don’t think reliability is the problem; more important for us is to work on the performance of the car – that is our focus right now.”

    The SC63’s race finishes on debut at Qatar (13th) and Sebring (7th), followed by a 12th-place result at the recent Imola WEC race, have allayed any concerns over the car’s durability. Piccini explained that the tight WEC schedule does not allow for another endurance test before the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where the Iron Lynx’s solo WEC entry will be joined by the SC63 competing in three of the IMSA enduros this year.

    Preparing for Le Mans

    “Quite often you have to race in the rain at Le Mans,” Piccini said. “We did get some dry laps, probably about a third of the running.”

    Five of Lamborghini’s LMDh drivers were present at Portimao, with Romain Grosjean absent due to his IndyCar commitments.

    Piccini also confirmed that the plan to field the IMSA car alongside the regular WEC entry in Austin at the beginning of September has been abandoned, citing the circuit’s limited pit garage allocations and the team’s focus on a successful Le Mans debut.

    As the 2023 WEC season progresses and the new-for-2024 Lamborghini SC63 continues to impress, enthusiasts can look forward to the brand’s continued success in the world’s premier endurance racing championship.

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