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Le Mans: Sophia Flörsch is promoted to the World Sports Car Championship

Flörsch is promoted to the World Sports Car Championship

Sophia Flörsch will compete in the sports car world championship in 2021. She is back at Le Mans with a women’s team.

Tole news for Germany’s fastest racing driver Sophia Flörsch: The 20-year-old from Munich will be competing with a women’s team in the Sports Car World Championship (WEC) in 2021!

Together with Beitske Visser and Tatiana Calderón, Flörsch will drive an Oreca-Gibson-LMP2 for Richard Mille Racing – as in 2020 in three races in the European Le Mans series and in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The long-distance classic on the Sarthe is of course on the program again in 2021. In 2020, the women achieved 13th place in the overall standings and ninth racing in the LMP2 category.

As in 2020, the operational team is the French Signatech squad, which won the WEC title in LMP2 in 2016 and 2019.

Flörsch meets F1 stars like Montoya

What is surprising about the announcement is the fact that the Flörsch-Calderón-Visser women’s team will remain. The British Katherine Legge was originally intended for Visser’s place, but she sustained broken bones in a leg and wrist in a serious test accident in June. The Briton has now recovered and will be driving the 24 Hours of Daytona in a Porsche 911 GT3 R this month. But there is no more room for Legge in Richard Mille’s team.

Sophia Flörsch will compete in the sports car world championship in 2021.

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Flörsch and her teammates meet top motorsport stars in the LMP2 class. Juan Pablo Montoya is there as well as Stoffel Vandoorne and Jan Magnussen. So far, nine teams with five former Formula 1 drivers have entered the LMP2. There is also Formula E champion Antonio Felix da Costa, for example.

Cars will also change a bit in 2021. The output of the 4.2-liter V8 engine from Gibson is cut by 40 hp to 560 hp. This is because the new top class with the Hypercars is aiming for lap times in the range of 3:30 minutes in Le Mans. But that would make them slower than some LMP2s in the previous year. The pole time at Le Mans for the LMP2 time was 3:24 minutes.

Flörsch is looking forward to her first World Cup participation: “To have a team like Signatech with experienced engineers and mechanics behind us is incredible. That made it a lot easier for us as long-distance rookies in our first season. We all got along well and really enjoyed everything – especially at the Le Mans 24 Hours. ”

The start rises – if the corona pandemic allows – on March 19 with the 1000 miles of Sebring. A total of six World Championship races are scheduled. The highlight will be the 24 Hours of Le Mans on December 12th and 13th. June.
Your LMP2 project will probably not be the only program for Flörsch. As in the previous year, she would like to combine a Formula 3 season with the WEC. During the Formula 3 winter test drives, she was in a Carlin and HWA racing car. Both teams still have two cockpits to assign.

The WEC calendar 2020/2021

March 19, 1000 miles from Sebring
May 1st 6h from Spa
12./13. June 24h of Le Mans
July 18th 6h Monza
September 26th 6h from Fuji
November 20 6h from Bahrain

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