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WEC and ELMS News Catch Up From Paris

Strakka Dome

Work continues apace to prepare for the debut of the newest LMP2 coupe. All design work is being undertaken by Dome in Japan but fabrication, supply chain and construction are in the hands of Strakka at their Northamptonshire base. The first car is confirmed and is looking likely to once again feature the familiar Strakka trio of Nick Leventis, Jonny Kane and Danny Watts. The team are currently working on enquires to run a second car in the WEC.

The car(s) will run on Michelin rubber, the french tyre giant set to introduce new improved tyres for 2014.

OAK Racing

There was confirmation that the team’s plans involve starting the TUSC season with a current spec Morgan Nissan but will likely switch to the new Ligier coupe as soon as the new car is deemed ready.

Ricardo Gonzalez

After a very successful 2013 campaign, in which he won the LMP2 class at Le Mans and the FIA Endurance Trophy for LMP2 Drivers with OAK Racing, Gonzalez is looking at a number of options. He confirmed to DSC that nothing has been signed as of yet but. “I definitely want to be back in WEC and I am looking at options to race in TUSC and other endurance events and looking to put a winning team together again for 2014.” OAK is definitely an option for the new season.

8Star Motorsports

Enzo Potolicchio confirmed to DSC that his principal 2014 programme will once again be in the GTE AM class of the FIA WEC, the team owner keen to add the drivers Championship to the 2013 Team title.

“There were no real surprises in the TUSC entry, that reflects where our priorities lie. We have our young drivers in IMSA Lites and we’ll run a single PC car, it would not be fair to those drivers for me to split my programmes and get involved with their efforts.”

AF Corse

Amato Ferrari was surprised to hear that Ferrari have confirmed in the media that his team will be returning to GTE Pro in the WEC with a two car effort: “Have they? Oh good! We’re definitely doing it then!” said a marginally bemused but very happy Team Principal.

Thiriet by TDS Racing

The 2012 ELMS Championship winners are set to return to the European Series in 2014 with their Oreca Nissan.

Jota Racing

The Kent based squad are working hard to secure their return to the ELMS, Simon Dolan will be part of that effort but Oliver Turvey was working very hard indeed to win the title of ‘Most non-committal driver of the night‘ after his sparkling form at the wheel of the Zytek Nissan this year.

Roman Rusinov

Was running Turvey a close race in the non-committal stakes – his newly acquired Gold driver status is understood to be causing some issues but a return to the WEC looks likely for the G-Drive backed man

GTC

Several teams have told DSC of their intention to enter GTC in the ELMS, the provisional numbers there look close to double figures with teams of high quality very much to the fore. Expect new squads with BMW and Ferrari machinery amongst that entry.

Ecurie Ecosse

The hard working Ecurie Ecosse squad are working to secure their 2014 programmes with the ELMS GTC class again very high on the wish list. Some 2013 sponsors are already on board though a Le Mans entry looks unlikely for 2014 at this point.