ACO Outlines Future of LMP2 and GT3 Classes In Annual Press Conference

June 10, 2022

by Connor Kay

In the annual ACO press conference, the Le Mans organisers presented a number news snippets relating to the future of the LMP2 and GT3 classes as well as the WEC as a whole.

The next generation of the LMP2 class will come into effect in 2025, with chassis from Multimatic, Oreca, Dallara and Ligier all being made available and based on their current LMDh offerings.

All chassis will be homologated for a 5 year period, but a bi-annual ‘Adjustment of Performance’ process will be used to keep the offerings from all of the suppliers competitive.

In the GT ranks, the ACO confirmed that both the GTE Pro and GTE Am classes are set to be retired in 2022 and 2023 respectively, with a single Pro-Am GT3 based class taking their place from 2024 onwards.

The new, as yet unnamed, class will use the GT3 as it’s basis although a special ‘Le Mans Performance Package’ will also be added to differentiate the WEC class from the current swathes of GT3 series.

In other news, the WEC has signed a 5 year contract extension with the Barhain circuit, that will see the series race there until at least 2027.

Finally, an update was registered on the upcoming Hydrogen powered class that was originally set to compete against to current Hypercar offerings from 2025 onwards. While many senior figures had suggested the class was set to be postponed to 2026 or even later, the ACO have reiterated the original timeline for the project and remain committed to the class.

Photo Credit: 24 Hours of Le Mans


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