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WEC - Full Grids for 2015

In Paris today an incredible 35 entries were revealed for the forthcoming FIA World Endurance Championship season which begins at Silverstone on the 12 April.

The large grid includes 21 LMP entries, with 11 LMP1 and 10 LMP2 cars entered for the full season.  The LMGTE entry is evenly split with 7 cars in both Pro and Am categories, making a total of 14 in all.

LMP1: The Largest Class in 2015
For the first time there will be four manufacturers competing for the World Endurance title.  On Sunday  Nissan revealed the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo which will take on the might of reigning World Champions Toyota, 24 Hours of Le Mans winners and double World Champions Audi and race winners Porsche.  The Japanese manufacturer also announced Marc Gene as their first driver signing and today has revealed that reigning 24 Hours of Le Mans LMP2 class winner and ELMS Vice Champion Harry Tincknell will become a Nissan factory driver in 2015. He is joined by Olivier Pla, the French driver also stepping up from LMP2 after scoring four wins and seven pole positions for G-Drive Racing in 2014. 

Toyota has confirmed World Champion Anthony Davidson as the lead driver in the no1 TS040, with Alex Wurz in the no2 car.  Audi has announced Marcel Fässler and Lucas di Grassi as the lead drivers in the no7 and no8 R18 e-tron quattros, with Porsche confirming Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas in the no17 and no18 919 hybrids.

The manufacturer driver lines are essentially unchanged with just two driver changes.  Audi recently announcing Oliver Jarvis as the replacement for Tom Kristensen, while Toyota confirmed that Mike Conway would be racing for the team full time in 2015.

There are three LMP1 privateer entries for the 2015 season.  Three time champions Rebellion Racing are entering two Rebellion R-Ones, with Nicolas Prost and Matthias Beche announced as the lead drivers.  For 2015 the Swiss team will switch from Toyota to AER engines.  Team Bykolles, formerly Lotus, will enter a single CLM P1/01 – AER with Swiss driver Simon Trummer named as the lead driver.

LMP2: Quality AND Quantity in 2015
After smaller than expected grids in 2014 the LMP2 category bounces back in 2015 with a large ten car entry that features six different manufacturers – Alpine, HPD, Ligier, Morgan, Oreca, Strakka Dome. 

2014 LMP2 Vice Champions G-Drive Racing return as a two car team in 2015, racing the Ligier JS P2-Nissan that proved to be so successful for them last year.  Four times race winner Romain Rusinov and Columbian Gustavo Yacaman are the two lead drivers for the Russian team.  2013 LMP2 Champions Oak Racing also return to the WEC in 2015, with team owner Jacques Nicolet named in the no35 Ligier.

After claiming three LMP2 victories last year, KCMG will also return in 2015 with the new Nissan powered Oreca 05 driven by Matt Howson. 

Following two successful outings in 2014, American team Extreme Speed Motorsports will compete for the entire WEC season in 2015 with a pair of the brand new HPD ARX 04B-Honda with ED Brown and Scott Sharp named as the lead drivers.

After a difficult year of development  in 2014, Strakka Racing will finally be able to showcase the new Strakka Dome S103 – Nissan in 2015.  The Strakka Dome will be the only LMP2 car to use Michelin tyres and Nick Leventis, Jonny Kane and Danny Watts will all return to the WEC this season with the British team.

Double European Le Mans Series Champions Signatech Alpine is bringing the Nissan powered Alpine A450B to the World Endurance Championship in 2015, with reigning ELMS Drivers Champion Nelson Panciatici confirmed by the team. 

Another team moving up from the ELMS is Team Morand. The Swiss team has formed a partnership with Japan’s SARD Racing to form a two car entry for Team SARD Morand running the Morgan Evo – SARD.  Christian Klien will drive the no39 car entered under the Japanese flag, while Pierre Ragues will drive the Swiss entered no43 Morgan.

LMGTE Pro: Three Manufacturers and Plenty of Action in Store
Triple World Champions Ferrari are back to defend their title with a two car entry run by AF Corse.  Gimmi Bruni will also return to defend his world title, racing the team’s no51 Ferrari 458 Italia, with Davide Rigon named in the no71 458.  The Italians will face fierce opposition from a two car entry by Porsche Team Manthey and a three car assault by Aston Martin Racing.

Two race wins and second place in the manufacturers title last season gives the German team a strong foundation on which to launch their 2015 campaign but nothing less than the world title will be good enough for the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans class champions.  Richard Lietz and Patrick Pilet have been named as the lead drivers in the no91 and n92 Porsche 911 RSRs respectively.

Two becomes three for Aston Martin Racing in 2015 with the LMGTE Am Champions Young Driver AMR moving up to the Pro class to race alongside the no97 Aston Martin Vantage of Darren Turner and no99 Vantage V8 of Fernando Rees.  The ‘All Danish’ no95 car will feature Lotus F1 reserve driver Marco Sørensen.

LMGTE Am: Star Quality on the Grid and Chevrolet Corvette Returns to the WEC
Seven car and four different manufacturers makes the battle for the GTE Am title an exciting prospect in 2015.  American acting star Patrick Dempsey will join the grid racing a Porsche 911 RSR for Dempsey-Proton Racing.  A second Porsche 911 will be run under the Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing banner with Christian Ried racing the no88 car.

2012 LMGTE Am Champions and 24 Hours of Le Mans winners Larbre Competition return to the WEC in 2015 with the Corvette C7.  Italian Gianluca Roda is named by the French team as the lead driver.

Reigning ELMS LMGTE Champions SMP Racing will enter the WEC with a single Ferrari 458 for 2014 ELMS Champion Victor Shaitar, while AF Corse will also enter a single Ferrari 458 with François Perrodo as the lead driver.

As well as the three LMGTE Pro cars, Aston Martin Racing will be running a further two Vantage V8s in the LMGTE Am class for Germany’s Roald Goethe (no96) and Canadian Paul Dalla Lana (no98).

Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, said: “This grid represents the very top of endurance racing in the world today.  We welcome back the teams and drivers who raced with the WEC in previous seasons and we also welcome the new teams who are joining the World Endurance Championship for the first time in 2015.  With thirty-five entries received for the new season, the large number  provides all the proof we need  to demonstrate that the WEC is providing the correct environment for all the manufacturers, teams, drivers and sponsors who wish to compete at the highest levels of motorsport.  The WEC and the 24 Heures du Mans is the top of the endurance pyramid and it is very good to see representatives from each continent – Europe, North America and Asia - where the ACO has established continental series.  We are looking forward to The Prologue next month and then the first race at Silverstone in April.”

Jean Todt, President of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile, said:   “Over the past three years the WEC has surpassed all our expectations in terms of growth, popularity, innovation and excitement and in 2015, with the announcement today of a season entry of 35 cars, those elements will again be to the fore.   With new teams, new drivers and the prospect of even closer competition I am sure that the 2015 season will be another thrilling season for the World Endurance Championship.”

Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones, President of the FIA Endurance Commission, said: “To have four manufacturers in LMP1, three more in GTE and a full season entry of 35 cars is a good indication of the health of the WEC.  The design of the new Nissan GT-R LM Nismo has certainly provided many column inches in the media and has set social media alight but from an engineering perspective it also demonstrates that the new regulations have allowed a major motor manufacturer to come up with a solution to a set of rules that is very different from their rivals. This is a key factor of what endurance racing is all about and we are very happy to have provided a framework that has allowed technical innovation to be prominent.   We look forward to an exciting season of racing across all four categories of the World Endurance Championship.”      

Gérard Neveu, CEO of the World Endurance Championship, said: “Thirty-five cars is a very strong entry list to be going into the fourth season of WEC.  The high level of interest is a result of all the different elements that make up this championship being fine-tuned to provide the best stage in the world of sportscar racing to compete in.  The WEC represents the Spirit of Le Mans and we have been showcasing endurance around the world for the past three years.  The results have been large crowds that have been growing steadily, with great entertainment both on and off the track that keeps everyone involved in the event. 

“The LMP1 regulations have been a great success and have an environment for technical innovation and excellence.  This season we welcome Nissan to the WEC family and the Japanese manufacturer has chosen a radical design to challenge Audi, Porsche and Toyota.  The fact that the WEC technical regulations are flexible enough to allow such a different concept is testament to the successful governance of the championship by the ACO and the FIA. This is true for all the classes, which is reflected in the quality of the teams that have entered for the 2015 season. We look forward to welcoming you at a round of the WEC this year.”

The FIA World Endurance Championship
In 2015, the fourth season of the WEC, there will be eight events in Great Britain, Belgium, France, Germany, USA, Japan, China and Bahrain. There are seven 6-hour races and one 24-hour race in France.

Of course, the jewel in the FIA WEC crown is the 24 Heures du Mans, which will take place in 2015 on the 13/14 June.  Double championship points underlines the importance of this race on the calendar. This is the race every driver and team wants to win and the 24 Heures du Mans is not just a motorsport event, it is one of the world’s greatest sporting events, ranked alongside the Olympics, the Superbowl and the soccer World Cup.

2015 FIA World Endurance Championship Calendar

27 / 28 March


The Prologue’  Le Castellet

12 April


6 Hours of Silverstone

02 May 


WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps

31 May


Official Test  Le Mans

13/14 June


24 Heures du Mans

30 August


6 Hours of Nürburgring

19 September 


6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas (Lone Star Le Mans)

11 October


6 Hours of Fuji

1 November


6 Hours of Shanghai

21 November


6 Hours of Bahrain