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Ginettas, Second Rebellion Absent from 6H Spa Entry

Ginettas and second Rebellion absent from LMP1 entry while LMP2 field grows for 6H Spa…

Photo: Javier Jimenez/Adrenal Media

The two Team LNT Ginettas and the planned second car from Rebellion Racing are absent from the entry list for next month’s FIA World Endurance Championship race at Spa.

A total of 31 cars are on the entry list for the sixth round of the season, and the first WEC race in six months, which is being held on August 15.

The LMP1 class will be made up of four entries with two cars from Toyota Gazoo Racing and single-car efforts from Rebellion Racing and ByKolles.

The Team LNT Ginetta G60-LT-P1 AERs are set to be absent for the second race in a row.

The British squad chose to miss the 6 Hours of Circuit of The Americas in February and was due to return at the 1000 Miles of Sebring in March, only for that race to be canceled.

The reason for the LNT cars not being present on the grid at Spa is unclear, as is the reasoning behind Rebellion only fielding one of its two R13 Gibsons that were expected to take part.

The Swiss team originally announced an additional car to be driven by Louis Deletraz, Nathanael Berthon and Romain Dumas, although this is missing from the entry.

Rebellion’s No. 3 machine last raced in the 4 Hours of Silverstone season-opener last September, while it is due to contest the 24 Hours of Le Mans in two months’ time.

ByKolles Racing will return to the WEC for its first race in over a year with its upgraded ENSO CLM P1/01 Gibson for Tom Dillmann, Bruno Spengler and another driver.

This will compete against the full-season Rebellion and the two Toyota TS050 Hybrids in the top class.

The LMP2 field consists of ten cars, marking the first time that the secondary prototype category has achieved a double-figure entry number this season.

Eurasia Motorsport, which announced its Spa cameo back in March, is shown with its Ligier JS P217 Gibson that will be driven by Daniel Gaunt and Nobuya Yamanaka.

Super GT ace Nick Cassidy was also due to pilot the Ligier but the New Zealander isn’t displayed on the entry list.

The LMP2 grid numbers have been boosted further by the addition of an Oreca 07 Gibson for European Le Mans Series squad Algarve Pro Racing.

The team’s entry for John Falb and two unconfirmed drivers has brought the number of Goodyear runners in the class up to four, in addition to the two Jota-run Orecas and the High Class Racing Oreca which has switched over from Michelin.

GTE-Pro features the expected six factory cars from Aston Martin, Ferrari and Porsche, while GTE-Am has retained the 11-car entry it posted for the COTA race.

Three WEC drivers who also compete in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship are set to race at Spa, however they will likely miss the early part of the Spa weekend owing to the last of the electric series’ six races in Berlin taking place on Aug. 13.

Toyota LMP1 driver Sebastien Buemi, Ferrari GTE-Pro driver James Calado and Aston Martin Racing’s Alex Lynn are all shown on the Spa entry.

Racing Team Nederland’s Nyck de Vries is the only Formula E competitor not racing at Spa. The Dutchman will be replaced in the No. 29 TDS-run Oreca by Job van Uitert.

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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