Rene Binder won the final race ever to be contested in the World Series Formula V8, which, as the Renault World Series, has been one of the most valuable sources of talent for Formula 1 over the course of many years.
Binder Junior was even rewarded by the Renault F1 Team with a test at Paul Ricard in 2017 for his race victories in single-seater racing, but instead of becoming a test driver, he opted to make his way across the pond to the USA where he became the first Austrian to contest no less than six grand prix races in the Indycar series.
As a canny master of strategy and tyre management, Rene found a new home in endurance racing in 2019, tackling the American IMSA Series, the European Le Mans Series and the Asian Le Mans Series which he promptly won in 2021.
Driving for Algarve Pro Racing, the team with which he achieved his success, he also emerged triumphant in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and finished runner-up in the LMP2 Pro Am class of the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2022.
The European Endurance Championship is set to embark on its 20th season this year. Six 4-hour races at amazing circuits with famous drivers, legendary cars and the classic changes of driver will convey all the atmosphere of Le Mans.
The series is open to Le Mans prototypes subdivided into the classes LMP2, LMP3 with a category for GT vehicles, the LMGE.
The 24 Hours of Le Mans is an endurance race for sports cars and sports prototypes, held on the outskirts of Le Mans, France, since 1923. Along with the Indy500 and the Monaco Grand Prix, it is one of the world’s top-three, best known races and is the ultimate test of man and machine.
Rene Binder secured his maiden victory in class at the circuit on the Sarthe in June last year and is now looking to achieve another top-class result to mark Le Mans’ centenary year.
Binder: “This has to be one of the most iconic car races in the world while being both tough and exhausting at the same time. Le Mans is a legend!”
19/20 April 2023, Barcelona Test
18 March 2023, Le Castellet
7 May 2023, Imola
11/12 June 2023, Le Castellet
26 August 2023, Aragon
24 September 2023, SpaFrancorchamps
22 October 2023, Bahrain
The introduction of ‘hypercars’ in 2021 marked the start of a new era that will have a big impact on endurance racing itself and also on the status of international motor sport. The new HYPERCAR premier class of the FIA WEC will serve as a platform for two models:
By modifying these two models, it should prove possible to interlink American and European endurance racing and have competitive races at both Le Mans and Daytona.