A total of thirty-five cars will take to the grid for round 1 of the FIA World Endurance Championship when the 6 Hours of Silverstone gets underway in just over a months’ time.
With a thirty-two car entry list already announced three more join the lineup for the opening round.
The LMP1 class will see a second Lola-Toyota from Rebellion Racing bringing the class to seven cars with World Champions Audi Sport Team Joest leading the way in their two Audi R18 e-tron Quattro’s. Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer take on driving duties in the #1 car with Loic Duval joining the formidable line up of Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish in the #2 Audi.
LMP2 has two additional entries with OAK Racing and Chinese team KCMG joining the grid, both running Morgan-Nissans. Delta-ADR and Greaves Motorsport carry the British team hopes in LMP2 while Alex Brundle, Jonathan Kennard, Martin Plowman, Ryan Dalziel and Matthew Howson mount the British driver challenge. With most teams still to confirm their full lineup in this class there is plenty more still to come in the month leading up to the first race.
Porsche AG Team Manthey have announced clear intentions of going for the championship with Jorg Bergmeister, Patrick Pilet and Timo Bernhard in car #91 while Marc Lieb, Richard Lietz and Romain Dumas take on driving duties in the #92 911 RSR. Aston Martin Racing field two Vantage V8s with Darren Turner and Stefan Mucke teaming up once again while Fred Makowiecki and Formula 1 refugee Bruno Senna pilot the #99. AF Corse are yet to announce a full line up in their 2 Ferrari 458 Italias.
Eight cars go up against each other in the LMGTE Am class with Krohn Racing, 8 Star Motorsports, Proton Competition still to announce full rosters. British hopes in this class come from Jack Gerber, Stuart Hall, and Jamie Campbell-Walter. Irishman Matt Griffin will claim this as a home race too as he has lived near to the Northamptonshire circuit for many years.
“This entry list represents a lot of hard work by everyone involved, the teams, the drivers and the manufacturers” said Gerard Neveu, CEO of the FIA WEC
“We are extremely pleased to have thirty-five cars for the opening race of the 2013 season at Silverstone on the 14 April, which will feature the Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy for the first time.” He added.