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2016 WEC Silly Season Update: GTE-Am

A look at the confirmed and possible GTE-Am entires in 2016…

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

With the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship having wrapped up last month in Bahrain, silly season is already in full swing as drivers, teams and manufacturers prepare for next year’s expanded nine-round season.

Sportscar365 takes a look at the confirmed and possible entries for the GTE-Am class.

AF Corse — The legend of the Ferrari 458 Italia will continue in the hands of customers next year, with up to two AF Corse entries expected. Look for the successful combo of Emmanuel Collard and Francois Perrodo to continue in one Prancing Horse. (1-2 cars)

SMP Racing — After claiming the 2015 title, the Russian-backed team could step up to the GTE-Pro class with a new Ferrari 488 GTE, although nothing has yet been confirmed. (1 car?)

Aston Martin Racing — There may only be a single GTE-Am Aston Martin on the grid next year, with Roald Goethe’s No. 96 Aston not returning. It’s understood Paul Dalla Lana was in the process of finalizing his deal, which should see the same driver lineup return to the No. 98 car. (1-2 cars)

Proton Competition — There’s been increased interest in the Proton camp as of late, with multiple gentlemen drivers exploring possible efforts with the German squad’s Porsche 911 RSRs. It’s understood a full-season return for Patrick Dempsey is unlikely, leaving the possibility of a second car open to new drivers. (1-2 cars)

Gulf Racing UK — The British squad is set to graduate from ELMS, entering its Porsche 911 RSR in the WEC next year. No word has been given on the potential driver lineup. (1 car)

Larbre Competition — The Jack Leconte-led squad could return to the GTE-Am ranks, or potentially move its Corvette C7.R to GTE-Pro (with upgrades). A final decision on the team’s 2016 program has yet to be made. (1 car?)

Projected 2016 Car Count: 4-9 entries

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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