Lilou Wadoux to make IMSA debut at 6H of the Glen
Ferrari factory driver Lilou Wadoux will make her IMSA debut at the upcoming Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen, returning to LMP2 machinery in a AF Corse entry.
Lilou Wadoux, Ferrari's first ever female factory driver among the Italian squad's GT stable, is set to make her IMSA sports car debut at the upcoming Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen.
The young Frenchwoman will in fact return at the wheel of a LMP2 prototype, joining Nicklas Nielsen and Luis Perez Companc in the #88 AF Corse entry.
22-year-old Wadoux made her endurance racing debut in 2022 jumping from the GT4-based Alpine A110 Cup car she raced to third in the championship in Alpine Europa Cup, to the high-downforce, powerful LMP2 Oreca, as part of the Richard Mille Racing Team's program.
The team had just switched from a women-only to a mixed line-up, but recruited Wadoux after an impressive rookie test in Bahrain.
She quickly adapted to prototype driving style and finished her first ever 24H of Le Mans in the top-10 in class. At the end of her WEC rookie year, the ACO rewarded Wadoux with a further testing opportunity, as she became the first woman ever to drive a Hypercar: she would drive the championship winning Toyota GR010-Hybrid to make history.
With Richard Mille Racing Team closing its LMP2 operations, the luxury watchmaker continued its presence in the LMGTE Am class, in a partnership with AF Corse in FIA WEC.
In only her third participation in GTE machinery, Wadoux became the first woman to win in WEC, securing a class victory at the 6 Hours of Spa. She had climbed on the podium at Portimao as well, in a very strong first part of the season where she has shown speed as well as racecraft in her recovery drives.
Her second 24 Hours of Le Mans was less fortunate, as the French talent was unfortunately caught out by a sudden downpour in her first laps in the race and went off at speed at the Porsche Curves. The #83 Richard Mille AF Corse entry was retired from the race and Wadoux was released from the medical centre with no injuries.
In a 57-car field - equalling the biggest in the event history - the fifth event of the 2023 WeatherTech Championship season - and third round of the IMSA Endurance Cup - will therefore feature the AF Corse LMP2 Oreca, with Wadoux teaming up with Ferrari's hypercar driver Nicklas Nielsen - who finished fourth overall at Le Mans - and bronze-rated Perez Companc, in one of the nine LMP2 crews entered in the race.
The 6 Hours of the Glen is scheduled for 22-25 June at Watkins Glen, New York.