No. 2 Cadillac V-Series.R Scores P4 Finish in WEC Opener



Posted on 03/17/2023

No. 2 Cadillac V-Series.R Scores P4 Finish in WEC Opener

The No. 2 Cadillac V-Series.R, driven by Earl Bamber, Alex Lynn and Richard Westbrook, earned a P4 finish today at the 1,000 Miles of Sebring endurance race.

In Chip Ganassi Racing's return to the FIA World Endurance Championship for the first time since 2019, their No. 2 Cadillac charged hard for all eight hours in the season opener at Sebring International Raceway.

Lynn led the No. 2 into the endurance race out of P5 position. Lynn exhibited impressive racing on his first stint, advancing all the way to P3 position after a hard-fought battle with the No. 5 Porsche 963 on lap 45.

Bamber took over driving duties on lap 66, two hours and 19 minutes into the race. On the team's fourth pit stop of the day on lap 95, Bamber had advanced to P3 position.

Westbrook took over in the No. 2 Cadillac in P3 position on lap 123, four hours and 18 minutes into the race. Westbrook eventually handed the No. 2 over to Bamber on lap 184, six hours and 21 minutes into the race, for the Kiwi to bring it home for the team.

After the team made their final stop and changed all four tires with 50 minutes remaining in the race, Bamber continued to push and ultimately crossed the finish line in P4 position. The eight-hour time limit was presented to conclude the competition, though the team was able to put down 237 laps, or 886 miles, in the race.

The No. 2 Cadillac crew will leave the States next for the six-hour race in Portimao, Portugal, on April 16.

Alex Lynn
“No doubt, it’s a strong and positive day for Cadillac Racing. We started our WEC campaign with a fourth place and I think we would have taken that at the start of the weekend. This is the first time everyone has worked together on a brand new program, and to come 10 seconds within a podium with a team as strong as Ferrari is just a fantastic start with so much more to improve on. We’re a team that wants to achieve good things, so whilst we respect it as a good result we come away feeling like we wanted more.” 

Earl Bamber
“We were fighting for a podium and got a little bit unlucky with a full-course yellow at the end. We were sort of best of the rest, but we’re going to push on. This team did a fantastic job first time out here. Now, we will look for more at Portimao the next race.” 

Richard Westbrook
“I think we executed brilliantly. Obviously, it’s a new format for everyone, a new team since Daytona and to come very close to a podium on our WEC debut is awesome for this whole Cadillac program. I’m just very proud of everyone. We stayed out of trouble and on another day, we could have gotten third. We’re only going to go forward now. We have so much data now to go through. It’s just so invaluable. It beats any eight-hour test.”