The FIA WEC Prologue’s first visit to Monza on 1/2 April, will see 27 cars on the entry.
The event moves to Italy after taking place at Paul Ricard for the past five years. The original running dates had to be changed though after the Vatican announced a visit to the circuit by Pope Francis on the originally intended date, the security implications of a Papal visit outweighing the importance of the first visit of the WEC to the track!
The five full-season LMP1 cars are listed on the entry, with both the heavily revised Porsche 919 Hybrid and Toyota TS050 Hybrid set to be unveiled publicly in the run up to track action.
All six Porsche factory drivers are set to attend the test, Andre Lotterer making his first public appearance as a Porsche factory driver after leaving the Audi team following their withdrawal from LMP1 competition after last season.
Toyota meanwhile has four of its full-season six listed with new for 2017 signing Jose Maria Lopez absent together with Sebastien Buemi, both men on Formula E duty in Mexico.
The sole Privateer LMP1, the CLM, appears for the first time with Nissan turbo power, the Cosworth-designed V6, last seen on track installed in Nissan’s ill-starred 2015 GT-R LM LMP1 car.
LMP2 sees nine of the ten full season ORECA 07 Gibsons on the test entry.
Jackie Chan DC Racing is the only LMP2 team listing full driver lineups for the test including the recent signings Alex Brundle and ex-Audi man Oliver Jarvis.
CEFC Manor TRS Racing are the team fielding one of its two-car entry but it lists four drivers for its solo test attendee.
Signatech Alpine meanwhile look set to fill several of the gaps in its Alpine A470 badged ORECA Gibson driver squads on the entry with a formal announcement due before the test, ex-Manor man Matt Rao looking set to form part of the effort.
The Vaillante Rebellion team are another to have absentees due to the clashing Formula E event in Mexico – Nelson Piquet Jr and Nico Prost unable to travel to Monza as a result.
FIA WEC debutants TDS Racing meanwhile has both of its cars on the entry, 2016 WEC GTE Am champions Francois Perrodo and Manu Colard joined by full-season teammate Matthieu Vaxivère in the TDS-branded #28 ORECA, the sister #26 car, run under the G-Drive Racing banner currently has Roman Rusinov and Pierre Thiriet listed though Alex Lynn looks set to secure the final seat.
All eight full-season GTE Pro cars are listed, the 4 x 2 car factory-backed teams out in almost full force.
The test will see the first European public outing for the new for 2017 factory Porsche 911 RSRs and their newly confirmed full season driver pairings.
AF Corse’s line-up includes the first appearance a a full Ferrari factory driver for Alessandro Pier Guidi, the rapid Italian the replacement for the now departed multiple champion Gimmi Bruni.
The entry for the test lists Sam Bird in the #71 Ferrari but he is set to miss the test, the fifth man cup-tied by a Formula E commitment in Mexico City. The Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK team field an unchanged pair of entries from 2016 whilst Aston Martin Racing’s test entry perhaps unwittingly reveals Kiwi Richie Stanaway returns in the double Championship winning #95 Vantage GTE, the team’s other third man set to be announced before Monza.
All five full season GTE Am entries complete the list. The remaining TBAs on the driver entry come from the #54 Spirit of Race 488 GTE of Thomas Flohr and Francesco Castellacci and the #86 Gulf Racing Porsche with Mike Wainwright and Ben Barker returning, the replacement for Adam Carroll still to be announced but again looking very likely to be set before Monza.