DAMS eyes World Endurance Championship entry in 2014
|By Gary Watkins||Thursday, June 20th 2013, 12:21 GMT|
Two-time GP2 champion team DAMS is aiming to return to international sportscar racing in next year's World Endurance Championship.
The Le Mans-based squad, which has run factory sportscar programmes for Panoz and Cadillac, has made no secret of its desire to make a comeback in endurance racing over the past two years and has now revealed that its focus is on joining the GTE Pro ranks in 2014.
Team boss Francois Sicard, who joined DAMS from the OAK Racing prototype squad ahead of last season, told AUTOSPORT: "It is the strategy of DAMS to come back to endurance racing and we want to do it with a manufacturer.
"Our plan is to do the WEC and we think there are opportunities in GTE Pro. We are working on a project and hope we can announce something in September or October."
Sicard, who was at Le Mans on Wednesday ahead of his departure for Russia ahead of this weekend's Formula Renault 3.5 event at the Moscow Raceway, explained that the team hoped to build on its relationship with Porsche, which has started in this year's Supercup on the Formula 1 bill.
"We have just started a relationship with Porsche in the Supercup," he said. "If we are good enough, we hope it can open doors in endurance racing, but we could also make the move with another manufacturer."
DAMS was involved with Panoz in 1997-98 and then Cadillac in 2000-01. Its most recent involvement in sportscars came in Formula Le Mans in 2009-10 and in partnership with OAK at Le Mans and Petit Le Mans in 2011.