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Neveu Targeting Balanced Grid for ‘Super Season’

WEC boss Gerard Neveu bullish on capacity grid for 2018/19 WEC Super Season…

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FIA World Endurance Championship CEO Gerard Neveu says they will work to achieve an even balance of prototype and GT machinery in the 2018/19 ‘Super Season’, which is expected to feature a capacity grid.

The seventh season of the globe-trotting championship will see an influx of LMP1 and GTE-Am machinery, despite Porsche’s exit from top-level prototype competition that has led to a series of regulation changes.

Neveu indicated they will likely reach the self-imposed limit of 34-35 full-season entries, and potentially even being forced to turn away GTE-Am cars in order to maintain the class balance.

It would mark a notable increase over the 28 full-time entries that took part in championship last year.

“At the end the question is to obtain the balance between LMP and GTE,” Neveu told Sportscar365.

“The only thing we are sure of is the number of GTE-Pro in WEC: ten. That’s the only number we know. For the rest we have to find a balance.

“If it’s ten and if we say that [the total entry] is 34, it means between eight and ten GTE-Am is the maximum if you want to keep a balance between the prototypes and the GTE.

“For the ‘Super Season’ we are very excited. It looks like we will have a strong grid, so we are very optimistic.”

The entry list for the WEC, as well as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, will be revealed on Feb 9.

Following announcements of several new projects, including from Ginetta, BR Engineering and an expected ORECA-built LMP1 car for Rebellion Racing, Neveu is bullish for the season ahead.

“We knew since September that people would be potentially ready for the offer we have made with the regulations for the next two seasons,” he said.

“It’s not really a surprise, but the fact now that we start to see the car running, it starts to be from virtual to real, which is very good.

“Let’s see how it goes, but it looks very interesting.

“At the same time, and that’s also a reason why we are here, you know how much we pay attention to the new technical regulations in 2021.”

 

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

11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Azuma

    January 31, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    I don’t know how many entries there will be in the WEC, but I’m thinking it might be around 38-42 entries.

    A capacity grid isn’t always the best option, I think the more entries there are, the more thrills of racing they will give the fans.

    Let’s just see what they say on the 9th February.

  2. Mike S

    January 31, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    Let’s just see if that grid is the same and not 28 (outside of LeMans) towards the end of the super season.

  3. Kirk

    January 31, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    Regardless of the grid size I just hope the P1 hybrids are well balanced with the non-hybrids. They could have 100 of the new P1’s out there, but if the two Toyota’s just drive away from them it will be a very boring season indeed.

    • Haskellb

      January 31, 2018 at 4:01 pm

      Welcome to the Toyota Invitational World Endurance Challange.

  4. Degner

    January 31, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Get ready to be bored.

    • SKYACTIV

      January 31, 2018 at 4:53 pm

      This comment is now officially marked as “Sportscar365 comments”

    • yeah

      February 1, 2018 at 1:26 pm

      this

  5. Mike D

    January 31, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    Something like this, possibly?
    LMP1 (9)
    2X Toyota, 2X SMP, 2X Rebellion, 1X DragonSpeed, 1X ByKolles, 1X TRS Manon

    LMP2 (7)
    2X Jackie Chan DCR, 1X TRS Manor, 1X G-Drive, 1X TDS Racing, 1X Racing Team Nederland, 1X Signatech

    GTE-Pro (10)
    2X AF Corse, 2X BMW MTEK, 2X Ford CGR, 2X Porsche Team, 2X AMR

    GTE-Am (8)
    2X Dempsey/Proton, 1X Clearwater, 1X Spirit of Race, 1X Project 1, 1X Gulf Racing UK, 1X TF Sport, 1X AMR

    Ginetta has supposedly sold 2 additional cars to another customer, but that front seems to have gone quiet. Possibly 2 more LMP1’s in the fold.

    • Azuma

      January 31, 2018 at 6:43 pm

      You’ve missed some. I think it will something like this.

      LMP1 (10)
      Toyota 2x, SMP Racing 2x, DragonSpeed 1x, ByKellos 1x, Rebellion 2x, Manor TRS 2x (they are still evaluating second Ginetta)

      LMP2 (10)
      DC Racing 2x, Larbre Competition 1x, G-Drive Racing 1x, Racing Team Nederland 1x, Signatech Alpine 2x, TDS Racing 2x (TDS Racing working on second Oreca)

      GTE-Pro (10)
      AF Corse 2x, BMW MTEK 2x, Ford CGR 2x, Porsche GT Team 2x, Aston Martin Racing 2x

      GTE-Am (9 or 10)
      Proton Racing 2x , Clearwater 1x, Spirit of Race 1x, Project 1 Racing 1x, Gulf Racing UK 1x, TF Sport 1x, Aston Martin Racing 1x or 2x, Beechdean AMR 1x (Maybe)

      Let see what they announce on Feb 9th.

    • Travis McBee

      February 1, 2018 at 10:13 am

      Didn’t Signatech only have a one year waiver in LMP2 though?

  6. Haskellb

    February 1, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    I hope they do better quality control with LMP2 drivers this year. Some of those guys were so reckless they make Montoya look like a candidate for Safe Driver of the Year.

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