The officials from ACO[Automobile Club de l’Ouest] and FIA[Federation Internationale de l’Automobile] in Paris on February 2nd, has just announced that there are 21 teams with a total of 32 full season entries from 11 nations, will be competing in the most reputed championship of 2013 – ‘FIA World Endurance Championship‘, in which the grid set is consist of 6 car entries in LMP1, 12 car entries in LMP2, 6 car entries in LMGTE Pro and 8 car entries in LMGTE AM and will be connected in between few events, like at Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps, in few of the race entries.
The grid set will have following entries of racing cars in its structure for 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship:
LMP1[6 car entries will be competing] : 2 Audi R18 e-tron quattros, 2 Toyota Racing Toyota TS030 and 2 privateer entries.
LMP2[12 car entries will be competing] : Collective 12 car entries from Audi, Toyota, Nissan, Morgan, Lotus, Oreca, HPD-Honda, Zytek and Lola.
LMGTE[14 cars entries(6 LMGTE Pro + 8 LMGTE AM)] : 5 Ferrari 458s, 4 Porsche 911 RSRs, 4 Aston Martin Vantage V8s and 1 Chevrolet Corvette C6-ZR1
The LMGTE Pro title will be a trio fight in the form of racing among 3 Automakers who has the legendary past performance in the endurance championship with maximum winnings at the Le Mans from more than last 90 years.
The message from the President of the ACO and the CEO of the FIA WEC is really showing the success and the importance of the championship all the around world by the maximum participation. Please also read the messages for the full details about the event success and popularity.
Pierre Fillon, President of the ACO, said: “We are extremely pleased to announce a grid of 32 full season entries for the 2013 season. 2012 was a great first year for the championship and we hoped to secure between 28 and 30 cars on the list for 2013. To receive 32 full season entries underlines the importance of the WEC and a great indication that we have created a world championship that teams and manufacturers want to take part in.”
M Fillon continued: “With two entries for each manufacturer, we also have the prospect of a straight fight between Audi and Toyota in LMP1 and, after the battles last year, the stage is now set for even more drama in 2013. We have two further privateer entries in LMP1, with privateer champions Rebellion and all-British team Strakka Racing continuing to support the category as we head into 2014, with the technical changes that will occur in LMP1 next season.
“LMP2 continues to be a huge success and some familiar names are being joined by new teams. The LMP2 grid alone represents eight different countries and the category is a great showcase for the FIA WEC. In the LMGTE Pro class we have another great battle in prospect with Porsche, Ferrari and Aston Martin, three great names associated with Le Mans and endurance racing, going head-to-head for the World Cup for both manufacturers and drivers. The same can be said for the LMGTE Am class with category team champions Larbre Competition fielding the only Corvette in the class against the might of Ferrari, Porsche and Aston Martin.”
Gerard Neveu, CEO of the FIA WEC, said: “The FIA WEC will once again visit eight countries on four continents and the eight round calendar has been devised to reduce the logistical costs associated with a world championship. The races follow a logical progression around the globe and the events are spread out enough to allow the cars and equipment to be transported by ship or road instead of air where possible. This also has the added advantage of reducing the carbon footprint of the WEC significantly. Of course we will also be celebrating the 90th anniversary of the first 24 Hours race at Le Mans in 1923, making 2013 a very special year. We hope you will all come and join us and be part of the FIA World Endurance Championship success.”
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