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Full Season Entries for WEC Super Season Announced

The entry list for the 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship has been announced, featuring the largest grid in series history at 36 full-season competitors.

A revitalized LMP1 grid of 10 cars, including the lone hybrid-powered team of Toyota Gazoo Racing, headlines a field that sees the GTE-Pro grid grow to 10 cars and a 9 car GTE-Am grid. The LMP2 field will have 7 entrants, including the debut of the Dallara P217 and Ligier JS P217 chassis that competed in IMSA last year. In addition to the hybrid Toyotas, 8 non-hybrid LMP1s from Rebellion Racing, ByKolles, CEFC TRSM Racing, DragonSpeed, and SMP Racing, will compete for overall victory.

“It’s very satisfying to have 36 competitors including six major manufacturers and a good balance between prototypes and GTEs.” WEC CEO Gerard Neveu said.

BMW Returns to WEC

Photo Credit: BMW

Among the confirmed entries announced in the GTE-Pro class is the two car effort from BMW Team MTEK. The team will run the new M8 GTE, which made it’s competition debut in the 24 Hours of Daytona two weeks ago.

Martin Tomczyk, Nicky Catsburg, Antonio Felix da Costa and Augusto Farfus will combine to be the full season drivers for BMW, with Tom Blomqvist, Alexander Sims and Philipp Eng set to join the team for Le Mans in yet unannounced pairings.

“We’re all looking forward at BMW to compete at Le Mans again and in the WEC.” Tomczyk said. “We proved already at Daytona the car is reliable so we just have to build a bit more on the performance but we still have some days left before Spa.”

Bergmeister, Lindsey Join WEC 

Photo Credit: Project 1 Motorsports

Adding to the strength of the GTE-Am field for 2018/19 is the announcement that Project 1 Motorsports will be one of four new mid-engined Porsche 911 RSRs. The team has found success in the Porsche Carerra Cup and is looking to build on this success as it makes its debut in endurance competition.

Joining Project 1 Motorsports as drivers will be Porsche factory ace Joerg Bergmeister and longtime IMSA driver Patrick Lindsey. Bergmeister and Lindsey currently pilot the Park Place Motorsports GT3R in the IMSA Weathertech series. Egidio Perfetti will be the third driver in the team, having gained experience in the Michelin Le Mans Cup and Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.

 

LMP1 (10 Entries)
1 – Rebellion Racing – Rebellion R13 Gibson
3 – Rebellion Racing – Rebellion R13 Gibson
4 – Team ByKolles – ENSO CLM P1/01 NISMO
5 – CEFC TRSM Racing – Ginetta G60-LT-P1 Mecachrome
6 – CEFC TRSM Racing – Ginetta G60-LT-P1 Mecachrome
7 – Toyota Gazoo Racing – Toyota TS050 Hybrid
8 – Toyota Gazoo Racing – Toyota TS050 Hybrid
10 – DragonSpeed – BR Engineering BR1 Gibson
11 – SMP Racing – BR Engineering BR1 AER
17 – SMP Racing – BR Engineering BR1 AER

LMP2 (7 Entries)

28 – TDS Racing – Oreca 07
29 – Racing Team Nederland – Dallara P217
31 – DragonSpeed – Oreca 07
36 – Signatech Alpine Matmut – Alpine A470
37 – Jackie Chan DC Racing – Oreca 07
38 – Jackie Chan DC Racing – Oreca 07
50 – Larbre Competition – Ligier JS P217

GTE-Pro (10 Entries)
51 – AF Corse – Ferrari 488 GTE
66 – Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team UK – Ford GT
67 – Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team UK – Ford GT
71 – AF Corse – Ferrari 488 GTE
81 – BMW Team MTEK – BMW M8 GTE
82 – BMW Team MTEK – BMW M8 GTE
91 – Porsche GT Team – Porsche 911 RSR
92 – Porsche GT Team – Porsche 911 RSR
95 – Aston Martin Racing – Aston Martin Vantage
97 – Aston Martin Racing – Aston Martin Vantage

GTE-Am (9 Entries)
54 – Spirit of Race – Ferrari 488 GTE
56 – Project 1 – Porsche 911 RSR
61 – Clearwater Racing – Ferrari 488 GTE
70 – MR Racing – Ferrari 488 GTE
77 – Dempsey Proton Racing – Porsche 911 RSR
86 – Gulf Racing – Porsche 911 RSR
88 – Proton Competition – Porsche 911 RSR
90 – TF Sport – Aston Martin Vantage GTE
98 – Aston Martin Racing – Aston Martin Vantage GTE

Cover Photo Credit: FIA

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