On Monday (9th January), the Porsche Coanda Esports announced a replacement for the Factory Esports team’s fourth works driver seat, which was recently evacuated by long-time Coanda member Tommy Østgaard back on 1st January.
The Australian, Dayne Warren, has been promoted up to fill that seat now just nine days into the new year, but more interestingly, just half a week before the biggest race of Porsche Coanda’s season so far – the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual on Saturday.
Warren will drive the #23 alongside fellow Porsche Coanda works driver Mack Bakkum and the pro drivers on the team consisting of Bastian Buus and Morris Schuring. The other two works drivers – Joshua Rogers and Mitchell deJong – will team up with pros Ayhancan Güven and Laurin Heinrich in the #20 entry.
For 2020 through 2022, Dayne found himself a top competitor in the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup on the iRacing platform, collecting his first win in the series in the Monza sprint to conclude the 2021 season. Last season, Warren was a two-time victor, winning at Hockenheim and Montreal.
As for the Le Mans Virtual Series, Warren is moving up from a full-time seat in the #77 Proton Coanda Esports Porsche GTE entry, which currently sits sixth in the GTE standings with a mathematical, but unlikely shot to win the season championship.
While the #23 is the lower of the two Porsche Coanda entries in the standings, 12 points behind the #20, the former were the winners of the previous event on the Le Mans Virtual Series calendar last month at Sebring. Warren and the #23 will have a slim chance to take the LMP season title as well.
Be sure to watch Dayne, the four Porsche Coanda entries as well as the other 41 teams of four drivers take on the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual next weekend here on the Traxion.GG YouTube and Twitch channels.