The FIA and ACO have released a 33-car entry list for the upcoming 2019/20 FIA World Endurance Championship season.
In LMP1, Rebellion Racing, Toyota and SMP Racing all return for another season, joined by a pair of Team LNT Ginetta G60-LT-P1s. Absent are ByKolles Racing, which is known to be trying to put together a Hypercar program for 2020/21, and DragonSpeed, which will focus on its budding IndyCar effort.
However, ByKolles said in a statement that it will lodge race-by-race entries in the European rounds of the WEC in 2019/20, including the 2020 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.The team “keeps the hope to see entries granted as per its requests” despite the fact that WEC Sporting Regulations specifically prohibit LMP1 teams from race-by-race entries.
Meanwhile, DragonSpeed will not race in LMP2, either. The eight-car LMP2 class has a fresh look, with multiple newcomers joining some of the more seasoned teams. Only Signatech Alpine, Jackie Chan DC Racing and Racing Team Nederland Return albeit with a TDS-run ORECA and not a Dallara) return from the current crop competing in the ‘Super Season’.
Joining the returnees are ELMS regulars Cool Racing, High Class Racing, Cetilar Racing and United Autosports, all of which have stepped up from the huge ELMS LMP2 field to join the WEC. Jota Racing, which helped run the JCDC effort during the ‘Super Season’, will also enter a car.
GTE Pro has taken the biggest hit; Ford and BMW’s departure leaving just six cars on the grid. Aston Martin Racing, AF Corse and Porsche GT Team are all back with two cars apiece. No customer Fords are among the category, despite much work behind the scenes by Multimatic to get a program off the ground in the run-up to the entry list deadline.
Porsche, however, will bring a pair of brand-new 911 RSR 19s to the grid; the car an evolution of the hugely successful Le Mans and championship-winning 911 RSR.
The biggest class is GTE Am, which has grown yet again. Eleven cars across three brands make up this list, with plenty of teams returning to be joined by new programs.
Team Project 1, gunning for the ‘Super Season’ Am title this weekend at Le Mans, expands to a two-car effort. Dempsey Proton (two cars) and Gulf Racing also bring Porsches to the class.
Johnny Mowlem’s Red River Sport program adds to AF Corse’s Ferrari pack, which is four cars strong and features another entry from MR Racing, alongside two AF Corse-entered 488 GTE EVOs.
TF Sport and Aston Martin Racing will both race with new Vantage AMRs, marking the end of the old Vantage’s time in the FIA WEC.
The season begins with the FIA WEC Prologue at Barcelona (Spain) next month.
LMP1 (8 cars)
No. 1 – Rebellion Racing – R-13 Gibson
No. 3 – Rebellion Racing – R-13 Gibson
No. 5 – Team LNT – Ginetta G60-LT-P1 AER
No. 6 – Team LNT – Ginetta G60-LT-P1 AER
No. 7 – Toyota Gazoo Racing – TS050 HYBRID
No. 8 – Toyota Gazoo Racing – TS050 HYBRID
No. 11 – SMP Racing – BR1 AER
No. 17 – SMP Racing – BR1 AER
LMP2 (8 cars)
No. 22 – United Autosports – Ligier JS P217
No. 29 – Racing Team Nederland – ORECA 07 Gibson
No. 33 – High Class Racing – ORECA 07 Gibson
No. 36 – Signatech Alpine Matmut – Alpine A470 Gibson
No. 37 – Jackie Chan DC Racing – ORECA 07 Gibson
No. 38 – Jota Sport – ORECA 07 Gibson
No. 42 – Cool Racing – ORECA 07 Gibson
No. 47 – Cetilar Racing – Dallara P217 Gibson
GTE Pro (6 cars)
No. 51 – AF Corse – Ferrari 488 GTE EVO
No. 71 – AF Corse – Ferrari 488 GTE EVO
No. 91 – Porsche GT Team – Porsche 911 RSR 19
No. 92 – Porsche GT Team – Porsche 911 RSR 19
No. 95 – Aston Martin Racing – Aston Martin Vantage AMR
No. 97 – Aston Martin Racing – Aston Martin Vantage AMR
GTE Am (11 cars)
No. 54 – AF Corse – Ferrari 488 GTE EVO
No. 56 – Team Project 1 – Porsche 911 RSR
No. 57 – Team Project 1 – Porsche 911 RSR
No. 62 – Red River Sport – Ferrari 488 GTE EVO
No. 70 – MR Racing – Ferrari 488 GTE EVO
No. 77 – Dempsey Proton Racing – Porsche 911 RSR
No. 83 – AF Corse – Ferrari 488 GTE EVO
No. 86 – Gulf Racing – Porsche 911 RSR
No. 88 – Dempsey Proton Racing – Porsche 911 RSR
No. 90 – TF Sport – Aston Martin Vantage AMR
No. 98 – Aston Martin Racing – Aston Martin Vantage AMR