Corvette Racing’s predicted appearance at the FIA WEC’s 1000 Miles of Sebring has been confirmed in a revised entry list published today with a single C7.R, the team doing double duty with IMSA’s 12 Hours of Sebring the same weekend, and utilising all three C7.Rs that they have available.
Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia and Mike Rockenfeller will race the Corvette, the third appearance of the team in the Super Season after their Le Mans run was followed by a single car effort at Shanghai in November (above).
With the expected return of the factory team for their regular Le Mans effort that means that Corvette Racing will have contested 50% of the 2018/19 races in the World Endurance Championship.
Elsewhere on the list, in LMP1, there’s a key change at SMP Racing, former F1 driver Sergey Sirotkin joins the Russian team to replace Matevos Isaakyan in the team’s #17 BR1 to race alongside Stéphane Sarrazin and Egor Orudzhev. It will be Sirotkin’s second WEC start, his first the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans.
One further change will be made to the team’s line-up too, the replacement for reigning Super GT champion Jenson Button, who will not race at Sebring in the #11 due to racing commitments elsewhere.
Another change in the LMP1 category is the previously announced addition of Nathanael Berthon in the #3 Rebellion Racing R13. He will team up with fellow countryman Thomas Laurent and Gustavo Menezes.
In LMP2 there is a significant change at Jackie Chan DC Racing, with the #37 set to run with an all-new line up in of David Heinemeier Hansson, Jordan King and Will Stevens. They replace the Fuji-winning Malaysian trio of drivers who are unable to complete the season.
As well as the addition of Corvette to GTE Pro, BMW has announced the third drivers for each of the BMW Team MTEK entries, with former Spa 24 winner Alexander Sims joining Martin Tomczyk and Nicky Catsburg in the #81. Newly crowned Daytona GTLM winner Augusto Farfus and Antonio Felix da Costa will be teamed with Canadian Bruno Spengler in the #82.
The only modification so far to GTE Am class is confirmation that Aston Martin factory driver Jonny Adam will once again be part of the #90 TF Sport line-up with Salih Yoluc and Charlie Eastwood.