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29 Cars On FIA WEC Prologue Entry, Matt Rao Added To Manor WEC Roster

29 of the 32 Full season FIA WEC cars are on the entry list for the Prologue test at Circuit Paul Ricard at Le Castellet on Friday and Saturday 25/26 March,

The timetable has five sessions of testing planned over two days, including a night session on Friday, 25th.

On Saturday 26th there is not only free entry for the whole day for fans, including access to the Paddock, but also the chance to see the cars up close and meet the drivers at an autograph session.

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Audi, Porsche and Toyota will all be in attendance at The Prologue, Audi and Toyota with just one car each which is the minimum requirement within the regulations.

All three manufacturers, including World Champions Porsche, will be launching their new-for-2016 LMP1 hybrid challengers in the days leading up to The Prologue.

Rebellion Racing and ByKolles Racing Team will also be testing their LMP1 Privateer entries, both now featuring Dunlop tyres for the 2016 season.

A full complement of 10 LMP2 entries will grace the fast Paul Ricard track, with five different chassis being tested against each other:  the ORECA 05 (G-Drive Racing and Manor), BR01 (SMP Racing), 2015 championship-winning Ligier JS P2 (Extreme Speed Motorsports and RGR Sport by Morand), Alpine A460, which will be revealed for the first time just ahead of The Prologue (Signatech Alpine and Baxi DC Racing Alpine) and Gibson 015S (Strakka Racing).  All LMP2 cars will be on Dunlop rubber and powered by Nissan engines. Manor WEC’s second car will not be at the test but the team will be testing four drivers with Matt Rao (below) now added to the trio already announced (Tor Graves, Will Stevens and James Jakes).

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In LMGTE Pro, Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK will be making its public WEC debut with the new Ford GT, their new cars shaken down earlier this week in the UK.  On track with them will be Aston Martin Racing’s revised Vantage V8 (one of the season pair of 2016 spec cars will be testing), AF Corse’s all-new Ferrari 488 GTE, and Dempsey-Proton Racing who will be defending Porsche’s GT championship titles in 2016.

Joining the factory-led teams will be another six GTE entries from the LMGTE Am class which includes the Chevrolet Corvette of Larbre Competition, Porsche 911 RSRs from KCMG, Gulf Racing and Abu-Dhabi Proton Racing, and Ferrari and Aston Martin entries from AF Corse and Aston Martin Racing respectively.

Gérard Neveu, CEO of the World Endurance Championship, said: “The Prologue has now become an established part of the WEC calendar and is greatly anticipated by both media and fans alike.  Our manufacturer partners and teams take this opportunity to reveal their 2016 cars to a growing number of international media each year, and of course it is the first chance for all the competitors to test themselves against their rivals.  For fans in France and beyond it is a fantastic event, with an open paddock, autograph session and pit walk on Saturday.  The friendly and open spirit of the WEC begins here at The Prologue and we welcome everyone.”

The Prologue, FREE ENTRY FOR THE PUBLIC ON SATURDAY 26 MARCH
The Prologue will take place at the Circuit Paul Ricard on 25/26 March 2016, with the second day (Saturday 26th) being open and free entry to members of the public.  Fans who attend will have the opportunity to see the cars on track during two open test sessions, plus they will be invited to take part in the lunchtime pit walk and autograph session, all as part of the free event.

Provisional Timetable
Friday 25 March
09:00 – 13:00: Session 1
14:00 – 18:00: Session 2
19:00 – 21:00: Session 3 (night testing)
Saturday 26 March
09:00 – 13:00: Session 4
13:15 – 13:45: Driver Autograph Session and Pitwalk
14:00 – 17:00: Session 5

  NoClassTyresTeamDriverCar
11LMP1MPorsche TeamTimo Bernhard
Mark Webber
Brendon Hartley
Porsche 919 Hybrid
22LMP1MPorsche TeamRomain Dumas
Marc Lieb
Neel Jani
Porsche 919 Hybrid
34LMP1DByKolles Racing TeamSimon Trummer
Oliver Webb
TBA
CLM P1/01 AER
45LMP1MToyota Gazoo RacingAnthony Davidson
Sebastien Buemi
Kazuki Nakajima
Toyota TS050 Hybrid
57LMP1MAudi Sport Team JoestMarcel Fässler
Benoit Treluyer
Andre Lotterer
Audi R18
612LMP1DRebellion RacingNicolas Prost
Nick Heidfeld
Nelson Piquet Jr
Rebellion R-One AER
713LMP1DRebellion RacingMatheo Tuscher
Dominik Kraihamer
Alexandre Imperatori
Rebellion R-One AER
826LMP2DG-Drive RacingRoman Rusinov
Nathanaël Berthon
Rene Rast
Oreca 05 Nissan
927LMP2DSMP RacingNicolas Minassian
Maurizio Mediani
David Markozov
BR01 Nissan
1030LMP2DExtreme Speed MotorsportsScott Sharp
Johannes van Overbeek
Ed Brown
Ligier JS P2 Nissan
1131LMP2DExtreme Speed MotorsportsRyan Dalziel
Pipo Derani
Chris Cumming
Ligier JS P2 Nissan
1235LMP2Baxi DC Racing AlpineDavid Cheng
Ho-Pin Tung
Nelson Panciatici
Alpine A460 Nissan
1336LMP2DSignatech AlpineGustavo Menezes
Nicolas Lapierre
Stephane Richelmi
Alpine A460 Nissan
1437LMP2DSMP RacingVitaly Petrov
Viktor Shaytar
Kirill Ladugin
BR01 Nissan
1542LMP2DStrakka RacingNick Leventis
Jonny Kane
Danny Watts
Gibson 015S Nissan
1643LMP2DRGR Sport by MorandRicardo Gonzalez
Bruno Senna
Filipe Albuquerque
Ligier JS P2 Nissan
1744LMP2DManorTor Graves
Will Stevens
James Jakes
Matthew Rao
Oreca 05 Nissan
1851GTE PROMAF CorseGianmaria Bruni
James Calado
Ferrari 488 GTE
1966GTE PROMFord Chip Ganassi Team UKBilly Johnson
Stefan Mucke
Olivier Pla
Ford GT
2067GTE PROMFord Chip Ganassi Team UKMarino Franchitti
Andy Priaulx
Harry Tincknell
Ford GT
2171GTE PROMAF CorseDavide Rigon
Sam Bird
Ferrari 488 GTE
2277GTE PROMDempsey Proton RacingChristian RiedPorsche 911 RSR (2016)
2397GTE PRODAston Martin RacingFernando Rees
Marco Sorensen
Jonathan Adam
Aston Martin Vantage
2450GTE AMMLarbre CompetitionYutaka Yamagishi
Paulo Ruberti
Pierre Ragues
Chevrolet Corvette C7-Z06
2578GTE AMMKCMGChristian Ried
Joel Camathias
Porsche 911 RSR
2683GTE AMMAF CorseFrançois Perrodo
Emmanuel Collard
Rui Aguas
Ferrari 458 Italia
2786GTE AMMGulf RacingMichael Wainwright
Adam Carroll
Ben Barker
Porsche 911 RSR
2888GTE AMMAbu Dhabi-Proton RacingKhaled Al Qubaisi
Pat Long
Porsche 911 RSR
2998GTE AMDAston Martin RacingPaul Dalla Lana
Pedro Lamy
Mathias Lauda
Aston Martin V8 Vantage