Singaporean GTE Am outfit Clearwater Racing has confirmed to RACER that it will be filing an entry for the 2018/19 FIA WEC ‘Super Season’, to compete in GTE Am with an AF Corse-supported Ferrari 488 GTE.
Should it be granted an entry, the team’s effort will feature an unchanged driver line-up of team owner Weng Sun Mok, Japanese racer Keita Sawa and Irishman Matt Griffin.
“I made the final decision to do it after Shanghai,” Mok told RACER. “And after this season, if I was going to do it it could only be with the the same guys. This year has been so much fun – a huge set of challenges, but so much fun in doing it. I’m delighted to be keeping this team together.”
The team’s ‘Super Season’ entry would be its second in the WEC, following on from its debut this year including a win in its first race at Silverstone. Heading into the season finale this weekend, the team is challenging for the GTE Am championship crown.
“This is a very special group. I am hugely proud of what they have achieved so far and it’s great to be able to confirm that we can continue to build on everything we have learned this season,” said Clearwater’s managing director Arj Kulasegaram.
“In the GTE AM class in particular, and in the case of Clearwater Racing, very clearly the opportunity to do this comes down to one man. Weng has been so passionate, and so supportive, and despite a full-on assault from me and others to persuade him to return, he has made his own decisions about whether and how he comes back. I’m delighted with everything he has come back to us with.
“I can drop in a line that ‘I love it when a plan comes together’, but in truth it’s his passion that has allowed us to enter and advance into WEC. Better still, he has driven superbly through the season, proved his competitiveness and, with circuit knowledge now in the memory bank we’ll only be more competitive next season.
“There’s a wider message here too that’s very important to us. Our season in 2017 has proved that racing in Asia has prepared us for stepping onto the world stage. The Asian racing scene can often be underestimated, but teams like ours and others are showing now that we are a force to be reckoned with.”
Griffin, who raced with Clearwater in the Asian Le Mans Series prior to joining it in the WEC, explained that it was an easy decision to rejoin the team for its second WEC campaign.
“There were some other options on the table, but the second I was asked by Weng to be part of this again it was an easy ‘yes’,” he said. “This is a team that knows how to go racing, knows how to do it with style, and knows how to enjoy themselves while we all do it.”