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37 Entries for 6H Spa

Thirty seven cars confirmed for FIA World Endurance Championship season-opener…

Photo: MPS Agency

A total of 37 cars are set for the FIA World Endurance Championship season-opening Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, with the provisional entry list for the May 3-5 event having been released.

It features all 36 full-season entrants, plus the addition of a G-Drive Racing Oreca 07 Gibson for Roman Rusinov, Jean-Eric Vergne and a to-be-announced third driver in LMP2.

ENTRY LIST: Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps

The ten-strong LMP1 class sees the confirmation of Russian drivers Egor Orudzhev and Matevos Isaakyan alongside Stephane Sarrazin in the No. 17 SMP Racing BR Engineering BR1 AER, with the third driver for the No. 11 car of Mikhail Aleshin and Vitaly Petrov yet to be announced.

Second and third drivers for the pair of CEFC TRSM Racing Ginetta G60-LT-P1 Mecachrome entries, as well as the ByKolles ENSO CLM P1/01 NISMO, meanwhile, have also not yet been declared.

Nathanael Berthon has been confirmed in the No. 31 DragonSpeed Oreca 07 Gibson alongside the previously announced Roberto Gonzalez and Pastor Maldanado, with the third driver in the No. 38 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca not yet confirmed.

Kanaan Set for Spa Debut

Aston Martin, BMW and Ford have all opted for its full Le Mans driver lineups, which will see both Tony Kanaan and Billy Johnson at the wheel of the Chip Ganassi Racing-entered Ford GTs.

It will mark the Brazilian’s Spa debut, in only his third race in the Ford, following outings at Daytona and Le Mans in 2017.

The pair of AF Corse and Porsche GT Team entries will utilize two-driver lineups for the season-opener.

GTE-Am, meanwhile, sees all but one seat confirmed, with Christian Ried and Matt Campbell’s Silver-rated co-driver in the No. 77 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR still yet to be announced.

Giorgio Roda has joined the German squad’s sister car, alongside Khaled Al Qubaisi and Matteo Cairoli.

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15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. daedalus

    March 26, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    A very healthy grid, claims of WECs demise after Porsche and Audis exit have now been proven false.

    • Gaucherie

      March 26, 2018 at 11:16 pm

      WEC and sportscars in general have had TBAs for time immemorial. The paying drivers are never fully announced until their full finances are in place and if they aren’t, journeymen drivers are brought in the week before the race. It’s standard practice in all levels of sportscar racing everywhere. To compare it to something like F1 is pretty bogus.

      • Gaucherie

        March 26, 2018 at 11:17 pm

        (Woops, hit the wrong reply button – that was for the comment a couple below.)

      • gtgianlu

        March 27, 2018 at 3:25 pm

        Bronze drivers are not allowed to race in P1,which is supposed to be a pro category. It’s a World Championship,mind

  2. gtgianlu

    March 26, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    Seven TBA in P1 and 2 in P2 a very healthy grid?

    • daedalus

      March 26, 2018 at 4:28 pm

      I was referring to Cars, there are always teams that leave their 2nd or 3rd driver lineup until the last minute.

      • gtgianlu

        March 26, 2018 at 5:46 pm

        Yes,but in a national or in a pro am series,not in a WORLD championship. Ever seen a TBA in F1 in the last days before the start? The Prologue is here to come…

        • Anonymous

          March 27, 2018 at 6:21 am

          Depends whether your referring to teams or drivers? In the last few seasons of F1 there have been teams that have not made final decisions until after the end of Pre-Season testing! I’m thinking the likes of Caterham, Manor and HRT.

          • gtgianlu

            March 27, 2018 at 3:23 pm

            Yes,the peasants who need paying drivers or something. And none of these is yet in F1

  3. JG

    March 26, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    They need DPi’s in this series…

    • JGL

      March 27, 2018 at 5:49 am

      Agree, they also need LMP3, GT3/4 and also Touring Cars or 1.8 Roadsters for the fun, seriously….

      • Chips O'Toole

        March 27, 2018 at 8:00 am

        Might as well throw in an IndyCar while we’re at it.

    • DanO

      March 27, 2018 at 6:37 am

      Nobody in Europe wants two LMP2 classes.

      • JG

        March 27, 2018 at 5:20 pm

        Then replace LMP2 with DPi. At least some of those cars have a little charisma, like Mazda (R&S) and Cadillac (Dallara). The Orecas and Ligiers are fugly as sin. Get rid of them. …or better yet, return to a rule set that doesn’t result in the ridiculous looking prototypes we’ve had for the past 4 seasons, which somehow seem to get fuglier each season (getting rid of the Audi R-18 was a mercy killing, but ByKolles newest bodywork is taking up the mantle)

  4. KW

    March 28, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    I wouldn’t argue too much about the “TBA’s”.
    It’s always the same teams that announce their driver lineups in the last minute, due to the fact that they are chronically under-financed: ByKolles and Manor. They do have drivers for their lineups who are “on standby” because they are Pro’s who don’t bring money (Tom Dillmann/Gustav Malja for ByKolles, Robert Kubica/Roberto Merhi for Manor; they have all tested for the two teams). If the team can find a driver with a budget shortly before the first race (or during the season), they are out. But this has been the same for years with these two teams, even back when they were in F1.
    The rest of the “TBA’s” is clear but hasn’t been officially confirmed yet (3rd driver in #11 SMP will be Daniil Kvyat if they can get the deal with him finished, 3rd driver of the G-Drive ELMS entry will probably be Giuliano Alesi, and 3rd driver of the Proton #77 entry will most likely be Dennis Olsen who is confirmed with the team for ELMS).

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