The ’s official pre-season test for all competitors this year returns to Circuit Paul Ricard at Le Castellet in the south of France on 6/7th April, with Saturday the 7th being open FREE to fans including access to the paddock and a pit walk. 

 

Private testing sessions are completed, new prototypes and GT racers have been built, drivers have been secured:  now the opportunity is here to see, hear and truly appreciate the amazing variety of cars entered for the 2018-2019 FIA World Endurance Championship Super Season.

 

A non-stop 30 hours of testing is available to teams, should they wish to take it, and – for many drivers new to the WEC – it will be the perfect opportunity to do some night running as a rehearsal for the first of two 24 Hours of Le Mans events in the Super Season this coming June.  

 

13 of the cars (in bold on the entry list ) will profit from the 30-hour session and run throughout the entire 10h00 Friday to Saturday 16h00 period.  There will be 35 cars lining up for the two days of testing which will offer competitors, media and fans an ideal chance to get early indications of performance and there will be plenty of ‘firsts’ to savour.   

 

This will be the first time this year that the new LMP1 cars will take to the track all together alongside Toyota Gazoo Racing’s hybrid entries, the first time that BMW’s new M8 GTE will appear as a WEC entrant together a public track debut for the all-new Aston Martin Vantage AMR and the EVO version of the Ferrari 488 GTE. 

 

It will equally be the first time that five new teams from both the LMP2 and LMGTE Am categories will participate in an official WEC event, and they will all be keen to get settled into the rhythm before heading to the first race of the 14-month season, the Total 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps on Saturday 5th May. 

 

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