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2024 FIA WEC entry list features 14 manufacturers and record number of Hypercars


MEDIABALAP.com (Jakarta) – Next year’s FIA World Endurance Championship will feature a record-breaking 19 Hypercars and 18 LMGT3 entries. A staggering number of 14 manufacturers will be represented across both classes – the highest in FIA WEC history.

Manufacturers competing in WEC next year include Alpine, Aston Martin, BMW, Cadillac, Corvette, Ferrari, Ford, Isotta Fraschini, Lamborghini, Lexus, McLaren, Peugeot, Porsche and Toyota – all highlighting the continued growth of the world’s premier endurance racing series.

Several drivers have also been named – each team is required to submit a minimum of one driver per entered car. Notable names include seven-time MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi who will drive for Team WRT in LMGT3. Other surprises include newly-crowned LMP2 Champion Robert Kubica who will pilot the new AF Corse entered Ferrari 499P Hypercar. Former Haas F1 and current Mercedes F1 reserve driver Mick Schumacher has also made the switch to endurance racing after being named in Alpine’s driver line-up.

Click HERE to view the 2024 entry list.

Since the Hypercar class was introduced in 2021, the WEC has grown immeasurably with the class reaching record numbers for the 2024 season. Nine manufacturers will compete in the Hypercar World Endurance Championship next year including reigning World Champions Toyota plus Cadillac, Ferrari, Peugeot and Porsche. Alpine will make the step up from LMP2 to Hypercar and will join newcomers BMW, Lamborghini and Isotta Fraschini.

Next year’s WEC also expands to eight rounds with the addition of Sao Paulo (Brazil) as the WEC makes a welcome return to South America. There will also be new rounds in Doha (Qatar) and Imola (Italy) plus a return to COTA in Texas, USA. The championship will travel to five regions – Europe, the Middle East, Asia, North America and South America (Doha, Imola, Spa-Francorchamps, Le Mans, Sao Paulo, COTA, Fuji and Bahrain).

Also new for 2024, the WEC will consist of two classes: Hypercar and the all-new LMGT3 category. The latter replaces the LMGTE class that has been on the WEC grid since the series’ inaugural season in 2012. The new GT class will be based around FIA’s existing GT3 technical platform and will continue to focus on gentlemen drivers.

Full driver line-ups will be announced in due course.

Key Facts and Figures, 2024 FIA WEC Entry List:

  • Thirty-seven entries representing eight nations: Italy (9); France (6); Great Britain (6); Germany (6); Belgium (4); Japan (3); USA (2) and Lithuania (1)
  • Nineteen entries in Hypercar; 18 in LMGT3
  • 2024 sees the highly-anticipated arrival of Hypercar entries from Alpine, BMW, Lamborghini and Isotta Fraschini
  • Total of 14 car makes represented across all categories (Alpine, Aston Martin, BMW, Cadillac, Corvette, Ferrari, Ford, Isotta Fraschini, Lamborghini, Lexus, McLaren, Peugeot, Porsche and Toyota)
  • All-new LMGT3 class – replacing the former GTE Am category – will see a total of 18 entries in its inaugural year

Hypercar

  • Ferrari increases its presence in the WEC’s top class by adding a third Ferrari 499P Hypercar (No. 83 AF Corse entry). Listed to drive this car is former F1 star, Robert Kubica
  • Reigning World Champions Toyota Gazoo Racing will defend its Hypercar title with pair of Toyota GR010 Hybrids. Nyck De Vries will replace Jose Maria Lopez in the No. 7 car (Lopez will move to GT3 to compete in the Akkodis ASP team entry with the Lexus RC F GT3)
  • Porsche Penske Motorsport continues its WEC campaign with two Porsche 963 Hypercars. The only driver change being Matt Campbell who replaces Dane Cameron in the No. 5 Porsche 963
  • Alpine transfers its factory racing efforts from LMP2 to Hypercar for 2024 with the all-new A424. Its full line-up of drivers include ex GP driver Mick Schumacher and Ferdinand Habsburg who makes the switch to the WEC’s top category from LMP2
  • Cadillac Racing returns with a fan favorite: the Cadillac V-Series.R. The team have listed two drivers (Earl Bamber and Alex Lynn)
  • Peugeot TotalEnergies submits two Peugeot 9X8 Hybrid Hypercars as French manufacturer embarks on third WEC season. Former Formula E World Champion Stoffel Vandoorne joins the squad as a full-time driver
  • Three other Porsche 963 Hypercars feature on the list including a two-car effort from Hertz Team JOTA, plus one Proton Competition entered Porsche
  • BMW M Team WRT joins the fray with two of its BMW M Hybrid V8 cars which have been competing in IMSA this season. Dries Vanthoor has been named to drive the No. 15 car, with Sheldon Van Der Linde named on the sister No. 20 entry
  • Lamborghini makes its highly-anticipated entry into the WEC’s Hypercar class with the Lamborghini SC63 and Mirko Bortolotti as the only confirmed driver so far
  • Isotta Fraschini entered Isotta Tipo 6-C entries completes the 2024 Hypercar entry list, with Alejandro Garcia and Jean-Karl Vernay named as two of the drivers

LMGT3

  • All-new LMGT3 class to be made up of 18 entries in inaugural season
  • Nine global brands: Aston Martin (2); BMW (2); Corvette (2); Ferrari (2); Ford (2); Lexus (2); Lamborghini Huracan (2); McLaren (2) and Porsche (2)
  • Team WRT (BMW M4 GT3) enter the LMGT3 fray with seven-time MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi named to drive the No. 46 entry. Brazil’s Augusto Farfus has been listed in the sister No. 31 car
  • British powerhouse McLaren joins with endurance experts United Autosports to make LMGT3 debut with a pair of McLaren 720S GT3 Evos
  • GT specialists Akkodis ASP Team enter the WEC with two Lexus RCF entries with Jose Maria Lopez and Kelvin Van Der Linde named to drive in each of the cars
  • Iron Lynx and Iron Dames make welcome return to championship – this time with a Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo2
  • Highly-successful GTE Am team TF Sport aligns with 2023 champions Corvette Racing for 2024 to run a pair of Corvette Z06 GT3.R cars
  • Return of several familiar teams such as AF Corse which is renamed as Vista AF Corse for 2024 (Ferrari 296 GT3), Heart of Racing Team and D’Station Racing (Aston Martin Vantage GT3), Proton Competition (Ford Mustang GT3) and Manthey PureRXRacing /Manthey EMA (Porsche 911 GT3 Rs)

Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest:  “As the year of the 24 Hours of Le Mans Centenary, 2023 was a historic season. But 2024 is just around the corner. Next season will stand out in the history of endurance, and probably in motorsport as a whole. The world’s greatest carmakers will compete in the eight races that comprise the championship, which includes circuits on the calendar for the first time. The stakes are high in Hypercar and in LMGT3 alike. See you in February for the Prologue on the magnificent Lusail International Circuit.”

Richard Mille, FIA Endurance Commission President : “From one year to another the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship keeps going from strength to strength. The championship never stops evolving. 2023 will be another pivotal year, with the Hypercar class reaching its full potential with 19 entries from nine different manufacturers. Also, for the first time in history, WEC will be comprised of two classes, each benefiting from incredibly strong entries. Next season also marks a new chapter for GT racing, with the cars based on the GT3 technical platform, which is by far the FIA’s most successful customer racing class and which offers WEC a great variety of makes and models.”

Frédéric Lequien, CEO of the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship : “The sheer number of entries across both Hypercar and LMGT3 underlines the continued growth of FIA WEC and I’d like to take this moment to thank all our manufacturers and teams for putting their trust in us. To have an entry list featuring 19 Hypercars plus 18 LMGT3 entries representing 14 different manufacturers truly reflects the golden era of endurance racing that we are experiencing right now. The battles on track next season are going to be extraordinary and what’s even more exciting is that we are expanding our calendar to eight races so that even more fans can enjoy the action.” (arl/wto/fiawec)

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