Italian European Le Mans Series regular Cetilar Racing (formerly Cetilar Villorba Corse) has announced that it will be entering the FIA World Endurance Championship for the first time this season, racing its Dallara P217 in the LMP2 class.
For the effort, the team — which has run in the ELMS’ LMP2 class the past two seasons — will race with Andrea Belicchi and 2018 drivers Roberto Lacorte and Giorgio Sernagiotto. Belicchi returns to the team after a neck issue forced him to sit out 2018, when his seat was taken by current IMSA star Felipe Nasr.
The team will test at Le Castellet, Barcelona and Monza before the 2019/20 season starts, and enter the ELMS season opener at its home circuit Monza as a ‘wild card’ entry as part of its preparation.
Beyond that, the team hopes to get the nod for an entry to the 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours ahead of a requested entry for the next WEC season that will get under way at Silverstone in September.
“We are ready for a new challenge and we are motivated for that,” Lacorte said. “We’ll face a one year and half challenge, split into two parts. The first one will end at the this year 24 Hours of Le Mans, although our presence in the race clearly depends on the ACO.
“It also includes the participation at the ELMS Monza round. From September we’ll be focused on the WEC — that is an objective for our path in the endurance world.
“We are strongly determined to show well and we are also happy to have Andrea Belicchi in the team again, as he got well after last year’s problem. His presence and experience are very important for us, both from the technical and human side.”
Cetilar Racing joins United Autosports as new LMP2 teams set to join the WEC pack next season.