Not long now until the new FIA WEC Superseason kicks off with the Prologue at Paul Ricard: Friday the 6th, at 10 o’clock the light goes green. It will be the first time contenders of the 2018/2019 Superseason, which reaches its climax during the 2019 24hrs of Le Mans, cross swords with each other in their new cars!
In LMP1 Toyota is the only remaining factory-team fielding two LMP1-hybrids. Their updated TS050 hybrid is challenged by no less than four other chassis from different privateer teams: Rebellion with their R13, SMP racing and Dragonspeed with their BR1-chassis, CEFC with the Ginetta P1 and of course ByKolles with their CLM P1/01 chassis. Can the privateer teams challenge the Toyota?
Two new contestants in the LMP2 category where Larbre steps up from GT Am (with their amazing Chevrolet C7) to the LMP2 with a Ligier JSP217, and Racing Team Nederland makes the jump from ELMS to the World Championship with their Dallara P217. It will be interesting to see how the newcomers compare to the more experienced teams of TDS, Dragonspeed, Jackie Chan DC and Signatech Alpine and their Oreca chassis.
Many new cars in the GT Pro category with of course eyecatcher BMW with their brandnew M8 GTE. The car already made an appearance in the IMSA races at Daytona and Sebring, with encouraging results (Pole at the 12hrs of Sebring…), but how will it perform against the also brandnew Aston Martin Vantage, the new Ferrari 488 GTE, the Porsche 911 and the Ford GT in the WEC-field?
In GT Am three new teams make their debut this superseason: Project 1 Racing, which earned his laurels in the Porsche Supercup, fields a Porsche 911 RSR, MR Racing with their Ferrari 488 GTE and TF Sport, well known in the British GT scene with their Aston Martin Vantage GTE.