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McLaren might return to Le Mans

September 01, 2017, 11:51 AM IST by Omkar Thakur
McLaren might return to Le Mans

McLaren boss, Zak Brown, has revealed that the British motorsport legend is evaluating if it can return to the World Endurance Championship amongst other racing avenues. According to him, the only reason that has kept McLaren away is the high spends required to compete in the LMP1 category.

This comes as a welcome surprise to the WEC fans who have seen all the prominent competitors like Porsche and Audi moving to Formula-E, which is now being touted as the future of motorsport. As of now, Brown claims that WEC spends over the season have almost reached F1 levels for the top-LMP1 class. The returns for this kind of investment are not that rewarding, which ends up keeping potential participants away.

The LMP2 class, on the other hand, has a budget cap which makes it a level-playing field for factory teams as well as privateers just like the golden era of racing. McLaren has urged the WEC administrators to give it a thought and has said that if the budget were to be capped at about $20 million for the season, they will certainly be interested in going back to Le Mans and fight for the coveted title.

McLaren has had a successful campaign at the Le Mans with its path-breaking McLaren F1 GTR dominating the proceedings almost two decades ago. If McLaren decides to compete again, we might be able to see a P1 LM blazing across the tarmac and into history books just like its predecessor.

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