A new Porsche-Toyota duel in the LM P1 class after Audi's retirement, new technical LM P2 regulations, Porsche's official return to LM GTE Pro...the new year 2017 in endurance racing is already posing many questions. The coming year will hold all the answers and is showing great promise and passion before it even begins. Here are 12 of those questions, focused on the LM P1 and LM P2 classes.
- Will Toyota finally manage to secure a victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans?
- Winners in 2016, will Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb be at the start?
- Now a Porsche driver, will André Lotterer win his fourth 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2017?
- In which teams and which cars will be found Benoît Tréluyer, Marcel Fässler, Oliver Jarvis, Loïc Duval and Lucas di Grassi in 2017, as former Audi LM P1 drivers?
- After Audi's departure, will Reinhold Joest - the winningest team owner in the history of the 24 Hours of Le Mans with 15 victories - be at the start of the 85th edition this coming June?
- Will the lack of conflicting dates allow other Formula 1 drivers to follow in the footsteps of Nico Hülkenberg who won at his first participation in 2015?
- For their return to LM P1 prototypes with Porsche, will Nick Tandy and Earl Bamber, winners at Le Mans in 2015, win again at the 24 Hours?
- Will we see three cars for Porsche and Toyota at the start of the 85th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans?
- In 2017, will the Signatech Alpine team continue its momentum after its LM P2 victory at Le Mans and its double title in the class?
- In the wake of the new LM P2 regulations, who will rise to the occasion at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and in the European and Asian Le Mans Series?
- Coming from the LM P1 Private Teams class, will Rebellion Racing with its top notch trio (Nicolas Prost, Bruno Senna and Nelson Piquet, Jr.) become the one to beat in the LM P2 class?
- LM P2 Winner in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) in 2015, will Russian team G-Drive Racing win at Le Mans, a feat still missing from its impressive record?
To be continued...