WRT team switches to prototypes with European Le Mans Series entry

by Daniel Lloyd

Belgian GT outfit WRT will make its LMP2 racing debut at the 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps on September 25.

In a story broken by Autosport, team boss Vincent Vosse said he had been approached by Onroak Automotive, which makes the Ligier LMP2 chassis.

The team will use a Judd-powered Ligier JSP2 with Dunlop tyres which was previously entered by SO24! by Lombard Racing in the European Le Mans Series. After the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June, SO24! hit financial trouble and was forced to discontinue its full season effort.

Vosse confirmed that at present this is a one-off entry, although he has expressed a desire to compete at Le Mans in the past. The European Le Mans Series offers guaranteed qualification to Le Mans for the LMP2 and GTE champions along with most of the full-season LMP2 entries.

Laurens Vanthoor, Dries Vanthoor and Will Stevens will co-drive the car at the team’s home circuit. Both Laurens Vanthoor and Stevens have prior LMP2 experience, with Vanthoor racing for Michael Shank Racing at this year’s Le Mans and Stevens competing in the opening rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship with Manor and G-Drive.

WRT is one of the most successful GT teams in the world, having won the Nurburgring and Spa 24 hour races as well as the Blancpain Endurance Series teams’ title. In its partnership with Audi, WRT has become the best represented team on the Blancpain GT grid with numerous factory drivers on its current roster.

The entry list for the 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps – the penultimate round of the 2016 European Le Mans Series – will be announced in the coming days.

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