The entry list is out for the 2018 running of the FIA WEC 6 Hours of Shanghai next month, featuring 35 cars across the four classes in what is a record number of cars set to take on the championship’s annual trip to China.
The only addition to the entry from Fuji is a notable one, the previously announced one-off GTE Pro entry from Corvette Racing. The news here is that factory drivers Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin will share the team’s C7.R in the GM-brand’s return to racing in the WEC.
Elsewhere, there’s a few driver changes.
In LMP1 there’s a TBA in the ByKolles ENSO CLM seat filled by Super GT ace James Rossiter at Fuji, and Renger Van Der Zande joins DragonSpeed’s LMP1 crew, racing alongside full-season driver Ben Hanley and returning Aussie James Allen, back for a second LMP1 start.
LMP2 sees two driver changes. At TDS Racing, Loic Duval rejoins the WEC field after missing out on Fuji due to his DTM commitments; there he was replaced by Jean-Eric Vergne.
The third Larbre Ligier seat has also changed once again, Enzo Guibbert getting the call up to compete with Jack Leconte’s team driving in place of Keiko Ihara who took the wheel in the team’s rotating chair earlier this month in Japan.
GTE Pro’s field, aside from the addition of Corvette, remains untouched, though there is a tweak to the GTE Am field. In the #88 Dempsey Proton Porsche, Satoshi Hoshino is out with his seat alongside Giorgio Roda and Matteo Cairoli currently a TBA.
The only other thing to note here is the lack of a CEFC TRSM Ginetta on the entry. The Chinese-flagged team, which sat out Spa, competed at Le Mans and then sat out Silverstone and Fuji, is not on the provisional list this time. DSC understands though, that the drive to see the now AER-engined LMP1 back in action is far from done.
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