The list of participants for the 2024 Endurance World Championship has been announced: There are 37 cars at the start, equally divided between Hypercars and GT3. There is a third Ferrari in the premier class, Valentino Rossi is confirmed to drive the BMW M4 GT3
I am 37 cars Who will take part in the 2024 WEC season, the twelfth for the world championship reserved for endurance racing. For the first time, only two categories will be at the start: the fully confirmed Hypercarswhich grows from 13 to 19 participating cars, and the GT3, which replaces the Gte, with 18 cars. Instead, the Lmp2 comes out, which has 15 seats reserved for the 24 Hours of Le Mans alone. Toyota is still a candidate to be the car to beat, but will have to fend off competition from eight other brands, above all Ferrari: the Maranello company confirms this two official 499Ps and adds a third were used privately by AF Corse and captain is Robert Kubica. Also available Alpine, BMW, Cadillac, Isotta Fraschini, Lamborghini, Peugeot, Porsche. The new GT3 class adopts the sporting regulations of the previous GTE and sees nine manufacturers at the start: Aston Martin, BMW, Corvette, Ferrari, Ford, Lamborghini, Lexus, McLaren, Porsche.
Ferrari: three-pronged attack
The head of Ferrari’s GT sports activities Antonello Coletta had already expected it on the occasion of the 8-hour race in Bahrain: the company from Maranello was ready to support the field a third 499P in private form all season long. The program is officially put into action: in 2024 there will be three prototypes in use, two of which are official and one managed independently by AF Corse. The two Ferrari AF Corse cars, which retain the numbers #50 and #51, are each confirmed Antonio Fuoco and Alessandro Pier Guidi. The third car will have the number 83 and will be driven by Robert Kubica, just made official as an AF Corse driver. However, his two teammates are yet to be confirmed.
In addition to the two Toyotas and three Ferraris, there are others in the hypercar class seven housesincluding four debutants in the class, making a total of 19 cars. Porsche is the most represented with five vehicles, two of which are officially from Team Penske, two from Jota and one from Proton. Acknowledge that two Peugeot 9X8with Stoffel Vandoorne in place of Gustavo Menezes, who will be very advanced at the start of the season compared to 2023. alpine debuts in the World Championship with two A424s, one of which will have Mick Schumacher at the wheel. Also BMW debuts two M-Hybrid V8s Used by Wrt: The Bavarian car comes to Europe after a season in the USA and will see Raffaele Marciello among the drivers. Finally, three manufacturers present themselves with individual cars: Cadillac confirms its V-Series.R, while Isotta Fraschini Finally he enters with his Tipo 6-C Lmh e Lamborghini with the SC63 used by Iron Lynx.
18 cars in the GT3 class
In the new GT3 category, which replaces the GTE, 18 vehicles from nine different brands are competing. Valentino Rossi He will be at the start of one of the two Regarding BMW M4 GT3, who will obviously wear number 46: His teammates have not yet been determined. He will have to deal with them Aston Martin Vantage used by The Heart of Racing and D’Station Racing, the Corvettes from TF Sport, the Ferrari 296 from AF Corse, the new ones Ford Mustang from Proton, the Lamborghini Huracan from Iron Lynx and Iron Dames, the Lexus RC-F by Akkodis-Asp, left McLaren 720S from United Autosports and the Porsche 911 from Manthey.
The 2024 calendar
The 2024 WEC season begins on the weekend of March 2nd Qatar and will take place in eight dates, with the 24 Hours of Le Mans as a deadline on the weekend of 15th-16th June. Here are all the dates:
- 1812 km from Qatar – March 2, 2024
- 6 hours from Imola – April 21, 2024
- 6 hours from Spa-Francorchamps – May 11, 2024
- 24 Hours of Le Mans – 15th-16th June 2024
- 6 hours from Sao Paulo (Interlagos) – July 14, 2024
- Lone Star Le Mans (Cota) – September 1, 2024
- 6 Hours Fuji – September 15, 2024
- 8 Hours from Bahrain – November 2, 2024
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