With less than a month ahead of the FIA World Endurance Championship test, the Prologue at Circuit Paul Ricard, the entry list for the official warm-up of the championship was released with practically all cars present.
The Prologue is normally a moment to see what the teams will bring to the season to come in terms of cars and drivers, but also is an opportunity to see the FIA WEC atmosphere at its best, as the second of the two days of testing will be open to the public with free admission, pit walk and autograph sessions, and fan experience is one of the signature points of the competition.
The only absences between the 32 full season entries are the second cars from Audi and Toyota in the LMP1 class and the second LMGTE-Pro Aston Martin entry. Of those who will represent them in France, Audi selected its main trio of Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fässler, and Toyota will go with Sebastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima. Aston Martin opted to bring a driver of each entry, calling Marco Sorensen and Fernando Rees.
Most of the crews will bring their full lineups, although there are still some names to be announced. One of the newcomers in the LMP2 class for 2016, Manor is bringing four drivers to test their ORECA 05 that will go to testing, bring them Tor Graves, Matt Rao, the former F1 driver Will Stevens and the former IndyCar driver James Jakes. On the other hand, Dempsey-Proton confirmed only the team owner Christian Ried to be present in France, who is also listed in the KCMG Porsche that will race in the LMGTE-Am category. Other important confirmations to be seen are from SMP Racing and Ford Chip Ganassi, who still listed only their nominated drivers.
The Prologue will be held on March 25th-26th and the full entry list can be seen here.
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