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Lilou Wadoux set to Japanese Super GT move

Ferrari factory driver Lilou Wadoux will add one more elite sportscar series to her resumé, as she moves to Japan's Super GT in 2024, joining PONOS Racing at the wheel of a Ferrari 296 GT3 in the GT300 class.

Lilou Wadoux, Ferrari GT
Photo credits: SRO / Twenty-One-Creation, Jules Benichou

Lilou Wadoux had a memorable 2023 season, as she joined Ferrari as the first ever female GT factory driver, representing the Italian brand at the top of sports car racing globally. Wadoux, 22, made her GTE debut in the Richard Mille AF Corse squad in FIA WEC, famously taking her first victory at the 6 Hours of Spa Francorchamps. The achievement was a particularly historic one, as the Frenchwoman became the first female driver to take victory in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Over the course of the season, Wadoux contested races in IMSA, GT World Challenge Europe and GT World Challenge America, at the wheel of the 488 GTE, LMP2 Oreca, 296 GT3. In only one season of competitions, Wadoux entered iconic races such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Crowdstrike 24H of Spa, the Sahlen's 6 Hours of the Glen as well as the 8H of Indianapolis, often impressing alongside some highly experienced and highest-rated teammates.

At the end of the season, she was for the first time behind the wheel of the Le Mans winning Ferrari 499P at the Bahrain FIA WEC Rookie Tests, in what was her second ever hypercar test.

Wadoux will have the chance to add one more elite series to her resumé in 2024, as she will join PONOS Racing in Japan's Super GT, sharing the Ferrari 296 GT3 with fellow WEC driver Kei Cozzolino in the GT300 class.

Wadoux's Japan journey will begin on 14-15 April at Okayama International Circuit, with the first round of the 8-event calendar that will see the Frenchwoman learning new tracks such as Suzuka, Sportsland Sugo, Autopolis, Motegi – as well as returning to Fuji, where she collected top-ten finishes both in LMP2 and in GTE in her FIA WEC participations.

Lilou will continue the female presence in Japan's premier GT series, after Miki Koyama contested four rounds as third driver for Anest Iwata Racing with Arnage in 2022. Before her, Cyndie Allemann had been the last woman to race in the series in 2012.

It will also be Wadoux's first full season at the wheel of the Ferrari 296 GT3, which she has previously raced at Barcelona and Indianapolis in GT World Challenge.



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