A capacity and high profile full-season entry list for the 2018-2019 FIA World Endurance Championship Super Season has been revealed during an online press conference broadcast from Paris, France.
The grid will be made up of 36 cars from 12 different nations, the highest number entered for a season since the Championship began in 2012 demonstrating that the discipline of endurance racing, and the World Endurance Championship in particular, is in rude health.
This Super Season will be exceptional not just for the quality and diversity of its entrants, but also because there will only be one ‘Super Season’. It brings together the best and most historic venues across the world.
“Endurance racing is in excellent health, as we can see from this capacity entry list to the WEC, and by the continued high level of interest in the 24 Hours of Le Mans” said Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest. “It is very rewarding to see so many competitors moving from the ELMS to the WEC, or from LMP2 to LMP1, which demonstrates how well our pyramid of endurance works. We are confident this transition year will lead us towards an even brighter and stronger future.”
CEO of the World Endurance Championship, Gérard Neveu was equally excited about the WEC’s future prospects.
“Last September we announced new regulations in LMP1, changes to the calendar and new destinations for the Super Season, two visits to Le Mans a return to Sebring” said Neveau. “Six months later it’s time to see how many cars are on the grid, and it’s very satisfying to have 36 competitors including 6 major manufacturers and a good balance between prototypes and GTEs. This is just the start!”
Toyota headline 10-strong LMP1 category
Six months ago, few imagined that 10 LMP1 cars would be lining up for the start of the 2018-2019 season, with a two-time F1 World Champion among the drivers!
Toyota Gazoo Racing’s commitment to the development of hybrid technology, and its dedication to making ever-better road cars using the knowledge and experience gained in the WEC, sees it extend its engagement in the World Endurance Championship for the full Super Season.
The Japanese manufacturer recently announced that Fernando Alonso would be joining the team for the duration, allowing the Spanish F1 champion to fulfil his desire to try and claim the Triple Crown in motorsport.
BMW strengthens powerful GT World Championship to 10 challengers
Boosted by the FIA World Endurance Championship titles for GTE Drivers and Manufacturers, the competition in the LMGTE Pro class will be hotter and tighter than ever with the addition of BMW to the ranks.
The German marque’s new BMW M8 GTE, with an experienced, race-winning but WEC-unproven crew of drivers, made its race debut just weeks ago and will be going head to head from April’s Prologue (Circuit Paul Ricard, 6/7 April) onwards with some of the world’s most prestigious luxury car marques.
Three constructors go head-to-head in LMP2 in hands of teams old and new
The LMP2 grid will consist of seven entries but, in contrast to last year, there are three different chassis constructors represented through the ORECA 07, Dallara P217 and Ligier JSP217. Signatech Alpine’s A470, while individually named, is an ORECA 07 design. The new LMP2 regulations introduced in 2017 offered customers a significant increase in performance which provided thrilling and close competition throughout the entire 2017 season – something which is sure to be repeated in the Super Season.
Multi-marque LMGTE Am class boosted to 9 for Super Season
The LMGTE Am class features three different brands among the nine entries, the number being a significant boost compared to previous seasons. The competitors include the 2017 class champions from Aston Martin Racing, Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda, plus a second Vantage entered by WEC debutant TF Sport.
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