The 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (where many teams is equipped by BMC) will start this week end: teams and drivers will be on the Monza track for the official pre-season test, “The Prologue”.
The Prologue event will take place, for the first time, at the Autodromo di Monza in Italy on Saturday 1st April and Sunday 2nd April. This session of tests will be the first opportunity for the fans to see the WEC’s 2017 teams on track all together. Twenty seven of the full season entries will be present at the Italian circuit, taking part in five sessions of testing over two days, including a night session on Saturday evening.
Will be four of the 1000 bhp, hybrid-powered LMP1 race cars from Porsche and Toyota, with both manufacturers launching their 2017 challengers just ahead of The Prologue. Toyota, like Porsche, has carried out private testing in preparation for the season and the Japanese manufacturer will be keen to see how its revised TS050 Hybrid stacks up against the 2017 Porsche 919 Hybrid.
Nine of the upgraded LMP2 entries will grace the high-speed Monza track, with just CEFC Manor TRS Racing fielding one car instead of two. The new ORECA 07 is the chassis of choice for Vaillante Rebellion, CEFC Manor TRS Racing, G-Drive Racing and TDS Racing and Jackie Chan DC Racing, with Signatech Alpine Matmut fielding two Alpine A470s (in the picture). All LMP2 cars will be on Dunlop rubber and powered by Gibson engines.
The big fight in GT class
In LMGTE Pro all eight entries will be present, including the newly launched 2017 Porsche 911 RSR, Aston Martin Racing’s Vantage, the Ford GT and of course Ferrari’s 488 GTE (in the picture) which will be run as always by Piacenza-based AF Corse. The competition in this category is expected to be closer than ever, with the four marques being represented by top driver line ups all challenging for the newly-sanctioned FIA World Endurance Championship for GTE Drivers and Manufacturers.
Joining the factory-led teams will be another five GTE entries from the equally competitive LMGTE Am class which includes Ferraris from the Swiss Spirit of Race team and full-season WEC debutant Clearwater Racing from Singapore and two Porsche 911 RSRs from Gulf Racing and Dempsey-Proton Racing. The fifth car will be the Aston Martin Vantage of the only unchanged driver line up in the class compared to 2016.
April 14-16, Silverstone Circuit, Great Britain.