Carguy Racing has submitted a GTE-Am entry request for next year’s FIA World Endurance Championship season, with the aim of competing under the Japanese flag amid an expected oversubscribed field.
After contesting four of the six WEC races under Kessel Racing this year, the Japanese-backed effort is targeting to be on the grid with a Ferrari 488 GTE Evo under its own banner but again with technical assistance from the Swiss outfit.
“We applied to bring our team in,” said Takeshi Kimura, the team’s Bronze-rated driver behind the program. “However, the obstacles to participate are high because a lot of applications are expected.
“Our operational partner, Kessel Racing, is concerned that the entry of new teams will be very complicated.
“If we are lucky enough to be able to participate, we would like to have a Japanese pilot. We want to have more and more drivers from Japan who can play an active role in our GT team in order to grow to be a recognized racing driver all over the world.”
Kimura estimated the odds of his team’s entry being accepted is “50/50” and is believed to be down to the WEC’s expected enforcement of two-car teams in GTE-Am next year, which would rule Carguy out unless Kessel was to field a second Ferrari to share the garage.
Entry requests for the 2022 season opened on Wednesday with a full-season entry list expected to be confirmed early next year.
Laurent Mercier contributed to this report