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Barcelona Prologue Entry List Released

30 cars set to take part in 2019-20 pre-season test at Catalunya…

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A total of 30 cars are named on the official entry list for the 2019-20 FIA World Endurance Championship Prologue test at Circuit de Catalunya on July 23-24.

It includes the debut of the new Porsche 911 RSR-19 in GTE-Pro, the return of the Ginetta G60-LT-P1 AER to LMP1, and the debut of the second-gen Aston Martin Vantage GTE in customer hands.

Furthermore, SMP Racing is absent from the entry list after the Russian squad announced today that it would be leaving the LMP1 category after just one season with its BR Engineering BR1 AERs.

A group of six LMP1 cars is therefore expected to take part in the test.

Toyota Gazoo Racing has both its Toyota TS050 Hybrids listed with a full roster of six full-time drivers.

Both Rebellion Racing R13 Gibsons are listed without anyone confirmed behind the wheel, while Ginetta factory drivers Mike Simpson and Charlie Robertson are in the LNT-run G60s.

Ginetta is set for its first representation in the WEC since the British constructor’s appearance in last year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans with CEFC TRSM Racing.

LMP2 sees a full eight-car field with the already confirmed and expected lineups included. 

Danish squad High Class Racing will run on Goodyear tires after initially being shown as a Michelin customer on the provisional full-season entry list issued last month.

On the other hand, the two Jota Sport-run Oreca 07 Gibsons that were provisionally assigned to Goodyear – which is replacing Dunlop in the WEC – now have no tire designation. 

In GTE-Pro, Aston Martin is only set to test one of its factory Vantage GTEs, which will be shared between its 2018-19 driver roster of Maxime Martin, Alex Lynn, Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen.

There is one TBA driver slot in AF Corse’s two-car presence where Sam Bird was in the No. 71 Ferrari 488 GTE Evo last season.

Porsche’s new 911 RSR-19, which was unveiled at Goodwood last weekend, will turn its first laps in a WEC session with its retained four-man driver lineup. 

GTE-Am features a full collective of 11 cars, while only a handful of lineups have been confirmed at this point.

TF Sport and Aston Martin Racing’s No. 98 crew are both set to experience the second-gen Aston for the first time, after the car was recently opened up for customer team usage.

This year, the Prologue will run to a split session format with four two-hour testing slots available over the two days, replacing the 30-hour continuous format that was trialed in 2018. 

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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