The entry list for the FIA World Endurance Championship’s pre-season Prologue Test at Barcelona has been released.
The provisional list, released today, has revealed that 30 cars will take part in the 16 hours of track time over the two days of running that follows the European Le Mans Series 4H Barcelona meeting later this month.
The headline LMP1 category will see six entries attend the official pre-season test, with recently-crowned FIA World Endurance LMP1 Teams’ Champions Toyota Gazoo Racing bringing its full 2019-2020 line-up including Brendon Hartley who has replaced Fernando Alonso in the #8 Toyota TS050 HYBRID.
Rebellion Racing is yet to confirm which drivers will be present in Barcelona, with Team LNT bringing Ginetta drivers Charlie Robertson and Michael Simpson to test a pair of Ginetta G60-LT-P1 AERs, which are set to test at Paul Ricard later this week.
Missing is the pair of SMP Racing BR1s originally on the full-season entry. The Russian team announced earlier today that it has withdrawn its cars from the WEC.
A total of five LMGTE Pro cars will be at the Prologue, with two Ferrari 488 GTE Evos from AF Corse and three of its regular drivers: James Calado, Alessandro Pier Guidi and Davide Rigon. There is one TBA in the seat usually filled by Sam Bird.
Porsche GT team has a total of four drivers coming to Barcelona to test its newly upgraded Porsche 911 RSR-19 cars: Gianmaria Bruni, Richard Lietz, Michael Christensen and Kevin Estre.
Meanwhile, Aston Martin Racing will take just one car to Spain, with four drivers, Alex Lynn, Maxime Martin, Marco Sørensen and Nicki Thiim, down to test the #97 Vantage AMR.
In LMP2, there will be four new teams making their full-season debut in the WEC at the test: United Autosport, High Class Racing, Cool Racing and Cetilar Racing, with all four proving themselves in the highly-competitive European Le Mans Series but now stepping up to the WEC.
Italian team Cetilar Racing will run a Dallara P217 Gibson with Andrea Belicchi, Roberto Lacorte and Giorgio Sernagiotto named as its drivers while High Class Racing will bring Mark Patterson to test its ORECA.
Cool Racing will field a similar car, with drivers Nicolas Lapierre, Antonin Borga and Alexandre Coigny. Meanwhile, American team United Autosport will bring drivers Philip Hanson, Filipe Albuquerque and Paul Di Resta to Barcelona.
Finally, Anthony Davidson, Pastor Maldonado and Robert Gonzalez will drive for JOTA Sport (which ran the two-car JCDC effort last year), the trio have made the switch from DragonSpeed at the end of the ‘Super Season’.
Regular WEC LMP2 teams Signatech Alpine, Jackie Chan DC Racing and Racing Team Nederland will also bring their ORECA 07s all powered by Gibson to the Season 8 test.
Interestingly, only five of the teams have declared which tyre brand they will use. United, Signatech, Cool and Celtilar are down to run Michelins, while High Class Racing is listed as a Goodyear team. (Goodyear has replaced Dunlop in the WEC LMP2 tyre war)
Newcomers in LMGTE Am include British team Red River Sport who, in collaboration with Spirit of Race, will bring a Ferrari 488 GTE Evo to Barcelona. British drivers Bonamy Grimes and Johnny Mowlem are listed to drive.
Reigning LMGTE Am Team Champions and 2018 Le Mans class winner Team Project 1 will bring two cars with Egidio Perfetti and Patrick Lindsey the two named drivers to test the pair of Porsche 911 RSR cars.
AF Corse will also send two Ferrari 488 GTE Evos with its full team line-up of six drivers: Thomas Flohr, Francesco Castellacci, Giancarlo Fisichella will take to the wheel of the #54 car while 2016 class champions François Perrodo and Emmanuel Collard will be joined by reigning Ferrari Challenge Europe Champion Nicklas Nielsen in the #83 car.
Regular LMGTE Am entries Aston Martin Racing, Gulf Racing and MR Racing will also be present in Barcelona, while last year’s category runners-up Dempsey-Proton Racing will be there with both the #77 and #88 cars.