The FIA WEC field grows when Round 2 at Spa Francorchamps will be run in two and a half weeks.
This race has traditionally been used as warm up for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, since it’s the final WEC race before the big race at Le Mans.
In addition to the 27 cars that we saw at Silverstone, Signatech Alpine Matmut will enter their second car. Pierre Ragues, Andre Negrao, and Nelson Panciatici are the three drivers in the Alpine A470 Gibson car with number 35 on its side. Their car number 36 will have Romain Dumas replacing a driver that we will mention in the next team.
Toyota Gazoo Racing will enter their third car, who will be driven by Stephane Sarrazin, Yuji Kunimoto, and Nicolas Lapierre. Lapierre will do the two races for Toyota, and then return to the LMP2 car again.
Tockwith Motorsports will enter their Ligier JSP 217 Gibson LMP2 car. The team normally runs ELMS with Nigel Moore and Philip Hanson, where they managed to finish fifth at their opening round at Silverstone last weekend. And then they have pulled a rabbit out of the hat regarding their third driver. It’s the former Formula 1 driver Karun Chandhok, who will join Moore/Hanson at Spa and Le Mans. That marks the return for him to sportscar racing, after having participated in sporadic races in the ELMS during the last few years. He has also had four starts at Le Mans. Their Ligier car will be a welcomed break-up in the ORECA dominated WEC LMP2 category.
ByKolles Racing Team has so far written Oliver Webb, Dominik Kraihamer, and James Rossiter on their team card. But Rossiter also participates in Super GT as a works driver for Lexus. Super GT runs on the same weekend, so he will most likely be in Japan instead of Belgium. But the team isn’t so open to the media, so we will have to see where he shows up on May 5th: Japan or Belgium.