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Vosse: WRT LMP2 Program “On Standby”

WRT LMP2 effort unlikely for 2017…

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

WRT is unlikely to mount a full-season LMP2 effort this year, with team boss Vincent Vosse admitting the project is on “standby”, despite having made attempts to put together an entry for the FIA World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series. (En Français)

The Belgian squad, which had a one-off run in last year’s ELMS Four Hours of Spa-Francorchamps with a Ligier JS P2 Judd, had been tipped to step up for a full-season prototype campaign.

However, according to Vosse, the team has yet to secure the necessary budget for a proper effort.

“The LMP2 program is on standby,” Vosse told Endurance-Info. “I would be surprised to see WRT in LMP2.

“We didn’t know we were going to enter LMP2 in 2016, so everything remains possible, but we are not heading for a team presence at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.”

Should WRT eventually green-light a LMP2 program, Vosse said they would stick with Onroak Automotive and its new-for-2017 Ligier JS P217 prototype.

“If we were to go into LMP2, it would be with Onroak Automotive because we have a relationship and trust between us,” he said.

“We will only go if we have the financial and sporting resources, [in order] to fight for the win. Wherever WRT goes, we go to win.”

The team’s 2017 focus will again be in GT3, with at least four Audi R8 LMS cars planned for both the Blancpain GT Series Endurance and Sprint Cups, as well as two additional entries for the Paul Ricard and Spa Endurance rounds.

A return to the Nürburgring 24 and a possible British GT program is also in the cards or under consideration, according to the team principal.

Vosse said WRT’s full 2017 program will likely be revealed art the end of next month.

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

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