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FIA WEC Notes And News

From The Paris Awards Night

Alexandre Pesci was sticking to the line that the Rebellion Racing team is as yet undecided on a full FIA WEC campaign alongside their full season ALMS commitment in 2013 but was prepared to be drawn that they would “probably commit to a single car, and probably two cars for Silverstone, Spa and Le Mans.”

Raymond Narac, after accepting the GTE Am trophy for the 2012 ELMS, made a slightly cryptic reference to the planned 2013 campaign for IMSA Performance.  A brief chat afterwards elicited the fact that part of the team’s 2013 plans involve a single car GTE-AM campaign in the full WEC, their 2012 form would seem to indicate that they may well be amongst the favourites in the class.

2012 class winner Jack Leconte meanwhile was not prepared to be drawn on Larbre Competition’s plans aside from the fact that it will not include a GTE Pro car, DSC believes though that the team may well be back in WEC but with something other than their 2012 Corvettes – We’ll know more early in the New Year.

Jacques Nicolet’s response to the obvious question “What are the plans for 2013” was simple – “We don’t know!”  We understand that there is interest in a WEC programme but that there are potentially conflicting demands on the commercial side of the OAK/ Onroak business to have a presence in the Continental series in Europe and Asia too – How far can the available resources be stretched?

There were though plenty of team bosses and drivers still looking for ‘that’ deal, it’s fair to say that there are more than a few prospective efforts still looking for the budget required to be on the grid for 2013!  There will be more on that, and on the even greater budgetary challenges that await for 2014 in the days to come on DSC.