What to look for in today’s release of the 2018 ELMS full season entry list , expect first details just after 4pm UK time, 5pm Paris.
How many cars?
Widely predicted to be a bumper crop in 2018. How many of the aspirant entries have pulled together a programme in time, 15 or more look likely.
New Teams in the Class
There are likely to be a number, some returning, others coming from some differing parts of the sport.
We already know that United Autosports are set to double up from a single car to a pair – and IDEC Sport look set to do so too. There’s at least one more to be announced!
How many cars?
With an increase in LMP2s almost certain how will the ELMS look upon their junior prototype class. Numbers could/ should be around the same as in 2017.
Last year saw the number of Norma M30s increase through the season but with DUqueine Engineering taking a step away as the new organisation marketing the M30 are there any new customers, and if so are they new team, or converting from the Ligier JS P3.
Unlikely to be referred to but it will be interesting to see how many teams step up from Michelin LM Cup (there will be at least one or two!).
Clues to the FIA WEC entry tomorrow?
How many, if any, of the cars that we know have applied for the 2018/19 FIA WEC ‘Super Season’ will emerge on the ELMS list instead?
JMW Doubling Up?
With a pair of Auto entries for Le Mans will Jim McWhirter and co double up for the season to ensure they can take both up (a team taking an auto entry MUST enter a full season car per entry in a sanctioned Championship to take up the LM24 invitations). Early signs are that we will see a pair of 488 GTEs from the reigning ELMS and Le Mans GTE AM Champs.
With Beechdean AMR seemingly taking a sabbatical will TF Sport enter a car in the ELMS in order to take up their second Auto entry? If not will Aston Martin feature at all?
Proton Competition intended late last season to enter a pair of new 911 RSR in the ELMS. Will they, and will anyone else?