An impressive GTE field in FIA WEC Super Season

Boosted by the FIA World Endurance Championship titles for GTE Drivers and Manufacturers, the competition in the LMGTE Pro class will be hotter and tighter than ever with the addition of BMW to the ranks. 

The German marque’s new BMW M8 GTE, with an experienced, race-winning but WEC-unproven crew of drivers, made its race debut just weeks ago and will be going head to head from April’s Prologue (Circuit Paul Ricard, 6/7 April) onwards with some of the world’s most prestigious luxury car marques. 

These include an all-new Aston Martin Vantage AMR, in the hands of the established ‘Dane Train’ and two new drivers to the British factory line up, Alex Lynn and Maxime Martin. Lynn has competed in LMP2 but makes his debut in GTE Pro, while Maxime Martin joins Aston Martin Racing from BMW Motorsport.

Returning to challenge once again for championship victory will be two Ferrari 488 GTEs from AF Corse, looking to repeat the Italian manufacturer’s success of recent years with an unchanged driver line up including 2017 GT World Champions, James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi. 

The two Ford GTs from Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK have achieved multiple triumphs in their two seasons in the WEC, and will be challenging for world titles with an unchanged roster of drivers.  With 12 months of competition experience behind it, Porsche’s new generation 911 RSR will approach the Super Season with renewed enthusiasm and determination, benefitting from the return of former GTE Pro champion Gianmaria Bruni to the WEC.

The LMGTE Am class features three different brands among the nine entries, the number being a significant boost compared to previous seasons. 
The competitors include the 2017 class champions from Aston Martin Racing, Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda, plus a second Vantage entered by WEC debutant TF Sport. 

Ferrari 488 GTEs will be in the hands of Clearwater Racing from Singapore, Spirit of Race from Switzerland – both of whom won races last year – and another new name, MR Racing. The Japanese-entered team’s Ishikawa Motoaki successfully took part in the 2017 Rookie Test in Bahrain which reinforced his desire to compete on the world stage.

Alongside the Aston Martins and Ferraris will be no fewer than four Porsche 911 RSRs, two from Dempsey-Proton Racing who challenged Aston Martin Racing so hard last year, one from Gulf Racing, and one from a further new name to the entry lists, Team Project 1.

WEC Press Release

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