A total of 33 entries are set for the 2019-20 FIA World Endurance Championship season, following the release of the entry list by the ACO on Friday in Le Mans.
The first regular-length season under the championship’s alternative schedule format will feature a near-capacity grid, despite the withdrawals of several key teams and manufacturers from the ‘Super Season’.
LMP1 sees returning two-car efforts from Toyota Gazoo Racing, SMP Racing and Rebellion Racing with its current-generation machinery, while Ginetta is set to be represented with a two-car entry from Team LNT.
As expected, ByKolles is absent from the full-season list and will only contest selected races with its ENSO CLM P1/01 Gibson, while DragonSpeed’s BR Engineering BR1 Gibson will not return, as previously announced.
While GTE-Pro features a reduced six-car entry following the withdrawals of Ford Chip Ganassi Racing and BMW Team MTEK, entry numbers have risen in both LMP2 and GTE-Am.
Eight cars are entered in LMP2, including new efforts from United Autosports (Ligier JS P217), High Class Racing (Oreca 07), Cool Racing (Oreca) and Cetilar Racing (Dallara P217), with the GTE-Am grid swelling to 11 entries after nine entries last season.
Racing Team Nederland’s new TDS-run Oreca effort has been confirmed, alongside returning efforts from Signatech Alpine Elf and Jota Sport, which includes one entry under the Jackie Chan DC Racing banner.
GTE-Am features new entries from Red River Sport (Ferrari 488 GTE Evo), a second Porsche 911 RSR from Team Project 1 and the return of Francois Perrodo to the class in one of two AF Corse-run Ferraris.
Dempsey-Proton Racing will continue as a two-car operation, as expected, joined again by a single-car Porsche from Gulf Racing, as well as new-generation Aston Martin Vantage GTEs for Paul Dalla Lana and TF Sport.
The AF Corse-run MR Racing squad also returns to the class.
Porsche GT Team, AF Corse and Aston Martin Racing, meanwhile, will represent GTE-Pro in the reduced six-car class following the end of BMW and Ford’s factory programs.
Although not currently on the entry list, an active effort is still being made by Multimatic to field up to two privateer Ford GTs, according to Larry Holt, who said he’s received an entry extension from the ACO.
It’s understood the maximum entry count is in the 35-36 car range.