[Staff, 2022-01-28 02:00:00,
A return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans and effort in the Intercontinental GT Challenge powered by Pirelli with the Ford Mustang GT3 is “under consideration” according to Ford Performance global motorsports director Mark Rushbrook.
Ford announced Friday that it will build and develop an all-new Mustang GT3 for 2024, which will include both a factory program in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GTD Pro class as well as making customer cars available worldwide.
Rushbrook told Sportscar365 that additional factory-supported programs, including a potential effort in the Intercontinental GT Challenge powered by Pirelli is being considered but “nothing we’re ready to announce.”
He also said a return to Le Mans in the ACO’s planned GT3 class for 2024 is a “great opportunity” even if it comes as a Pro-Am-enforced lineup as the category is expected to be.
“We’re not pushing for [a GT3 Pro class at Le Mans],” Rushbrook said.
“We’re just happy they’re switching to a GT3-based category. Even as Pro-Am, it’s a great opportunity to have a Mustang able to race at Le Mans.”
Whether IMSA GTD Pro operators Multimatic Motorsports would be part of such a program at Le Mans or in the FIA World Endurance Championship remains unclear.
“That’s part of what we need to understand what’s possible and what’s not possible,” Rushbrook said.
Rushbrook said the global…
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