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36 Full-Season Entries for WEC

2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship entry list confirmed…

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The entry list for the 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship season has been released, featuring an expanded 36-car grid for the upcoming ‘Super Season.’

The largest-ever full-season WEC field will see entries from 12 different countries, with a revitalized LMP1 grid of ten cars, expanded ten-car field in GTE-Pro with the arrival of BMW, along with a strengthened GTE-Am class.

Additionally, the Dallara P217 and Ligier JS P217 will be represented with full-season entries for the first time in LMP2, in a class that sees seven entries.

Among the newly confirmed additions is a second full-season entry from Manor, now known as CEFC TRSM Racing, a LMP2 effort from DragonSpeed, with nominated driver Roberto Gonzalez, as well as the return of Larbre Competition with a full-season entry for its Ligier.

Nine GTE-Am entries, meanwhile, have been confirmed, including four mid-engined Porsche 911 RSRs, with newcomers Project 1 set for its endurance racing debut and a the return of a second full-season entry from Proton Competition.

TF Sport, meanwhile, is set to make its WEC debut, along with the AF Corse-run MR Racing squad.

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

“Now the show goes on and we are confident the figures will continue to increase as they have done for the last six years. Welcome to the Super Season!”

LMP1 (10 Entries)
1 – Rebellion Racing – Rebellion R13 Gibson – Andre Lotterer
3 – Rebellion Racing – Rebellion R13 Gibson – Thomas Laurent
4 – Team ByKolles – ENSO CLM P1/01 NISMO – Oliver Webb
5 – CEFC TRSM Racing – Ginetta G60-LT-P1 Mecachrome – Charlie Robertson
6 – CEFC TRSM Racing – Ginetta G60-LT-P1 Mecachrome – Oliver Rowland
7 – Toyota Gazoo Racing – Toyota TS050 Hybrid – Mike Conway
8 – Toyota Gazoo Racing – Toyota TS050 Hybrid – Sebastien Buemi
10 – DragonSpeed – BR Engineering BR1 Gibson – Henrik Hedman
11 – SMP Racing – BR Engineering BR1 AER – Mikhail Aleshin
17 – SMP Racing – BR Engineering BR1 AER – Vitaly Petrov

LMP2 (7 Entries)

28 – TDS Racing – Oreca 07 – Francois Perrodo
29 – Racing Team Nederland – Dallara P217 – Fritz van Eerd
31 – DragonSpeed – Oreca 07 – Roberto Gonzalez
36 – Signatech Alpine Matmut – Alpine A470 – Nico Lapierre
37 – Jackie Chan DC Racing – Oreca 07 – Jazeman Jafaar
38 – Jackie Chan DC Racing – Oreca 07 – Ho-Pin Tung
50 – Larbre Competition – Ligier JS P217 – Erwin Creed

GTE-Pro (10 Entries)
51 – AF Corse – Ferrari 488 GTE – Alessandro Pier Guidi
66 – Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team UK – Ford GT – Stefan Muecke
67 – Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team UK – Ford GT – Andy Priaulx
71 – AF Corse – Ferrari 488 GTE – Davide Rigon
81 – BMW Team MTEK – BMW M8 GTE – Martin Tomczyk
82 – BMW Team MTEK – BMW M8 GTE – Augusto Farfus
91 – Porsche GT Team – Porsche 911 RSR – Richard Lietz
92 – Porsche GT Team – Porsche 911 RSR – Michael Christensen
95 – Aston Martin Racing – Aston Martin Vantage – Marco Sorensen
97 – Aston Martin Racing – Aston Martin Vantage – Alex Lynn

GTE-Am (9 Entries)
54 – Spirit of Race – Ferrari 488 GTE – Thomas Flohr
56 – Project 1 – Porsche 911 RSR – Joerg Bergmeister
61 – Clearwater Racing – Ferrari 488 GTE – Weng Sun Mok
70 – MR Racing – Ferrari 488 GTE – Motoaki Ishikawa
77 – Dempsey Proton Racing – Porsche 911 RSR – Matteo Cairoli
86 – Gulf Racing – Porsche 911 RSR – Michael Wainwright
88 – Proton Competition – Porsche 911 RSR – Matt Campbell
90 – TF Sport – Aston Martin Vantage GTE – Salih Yoluc
98 – Aston Martin Racing – Aston Martin Vantage GTE – Paul Dalla Lana

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

26 Comments

26 Comments

  1. Pierre

    February 9, 2018 at 9:36 am

    The Porsche teams in GTE-Am. Those will be the mid-engined 911 rsr?

    • In the know

      February 9, 2018 at 9:45 am

      Yes

    • WesGTR

      February 9, 2018 at 10:53 am

      Four out of the nine entered, as stated on the article.

      • WesGTR

        February 9, 2018 at 10:54 am

        Ignore me, I misunderstood the question.

  2. Mart

    February 9, 2018 at 9:38 am

    LMP2 down. LMP1 up. Go the IMSA route; DPi and LMP2.

    • Rudolph

      February 9, 2018 at 9:39 am

      No-one cares of DPi.

      • Dug

        February 9, 2018 at 10:42 am

        Nice Troll comment. I guess that’s why IMSA’s DPi field is packed.

        • Tyler Sanders

          February 9, 2018 at 2:53 pm

          The ELMS and WEC have packed prototype fields to.

        • Steven

          February 9, 2018 at 4:54 pm

          Let’s see.

          There are 10 LMP1’s in the WEC, 10 DPi’s in IMSA…To me, they are the exact same number so I’m not understanding the logic behind this.

          combined, there are 17 full season LMP’s in WEC compared to 16 in IMSA. Sounds like you are being a troll also.

          • Matt

            February 9, 2018 at 7:00 pm

            So that’s 16 cars in IMSAs top class versus only 10 in the WEC. Thats a mighty subtle troll if i ever saw one…

      • The Fisherman 🎣

        February 9, 2018 at 3:01 pm

        Best comment on this page. Hero.

    • Tyler Sanders

      February 9, 2018 at 9:39 am

      The wec has a car limit and the ELMS is fully loaded with LMP2 and LMP3 machinary.

    • AudiTT

      February 9, 2018 at 10:51 am

      There are around 34 P1 and P2 cars across WEC and ELMS, with full grids of 36 and 41 cars respectively.

      The DPI/LMP2 mix works for now in IMSA, but there’s no doubt there will be a split in the new regs. It’s already a stretch to match the two car types, and that’s before DPI development has got fully in its stride.

    • Carefull with that Eugene, axe.

      February 9, 2018 at 1:30 pm

      DPi needs to be way faster to reach WEC potential.

  3. Tyler Sanders

    February 9, 2018 at 9:38 am

    10 full time LMP1 entries for the superseason nice.

    • Overtake24

      February 9, 2018 at 9:42 am

      Won’t matter unless the privateers are competitive with Toyota.

      • Fabri

        February 9, 2018 at 2:38 pm

        At least one place on the overall podium is Toyota-free for sure!

      • Steven

        February 9, 2018 at 4:58 pm

        have you not seen the new regulations yet?

        Toyota is gonna have a massive disadvantage on the straights, which means they need to run less downforce while the privateers can run more to help with corner speed that the Hybrid has the power coming off. Add that the Toyota has a much smaller fuel cell.

        It might be closer than you think and reliability is gonna play a big factor this year.

  4. jason

    February 9, 2018 at 9:45 am

    BMW took car number 81 and 82. Maybe the R.L.L. IMSA team can adopt those numbers too for continuity.

    Interesting that Rebellion took car #1. I guess they could since they are the reigning LMP2 champions.

    • TailsLeMans722

      February 9, 2018 at 2:19 pm

      I’m surprised they allowed anybody to use #1 at all. Normally #1 is reserved for the LMP1 champions. I would have thought they would have given Rebellion #2 instead.

      Still, Great full season entry, although the LMP2 class is a little bit disappointing even with three constructors.

  5. Rob

    February 9, 2018 at 10:14 am

    So we still don’t have know who the original first Ginetta P1 customer was ? announced as having bought 2 cars last year but never named and has now not appeared..

    • The Fisherman 🎣

      February 9, 2018 at 3:04 pm

      It was the same lot who also ‘bought’ the Perrin’s, which tells you all you need to know.

  6. daedalus

    February 9, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    Thank god Porsche and Audi left! Will be the most exciting WEC grid for LMP1. The LMP2 grid is poor compared to ELMS but I geuss that is to be expected with privaters tempted for an overall win in LMP1 and a grid limit. At least its not an oreca spec series this year thanks to BOP for LMP2.

  7. Harry Manback

    February 9, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    Toyota has no chance at Le Mans racing against 8 other competitors, even with 4 cars – just give up now.

  8. tracer

    February 9, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    Quality field in all four classes… 2018 is shaping up to be a phenomenal year for us sportscar fans. 🙌

  9. Matt

    February 9, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    I kid you not folks i’am drooling 🤤 at this article!

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