The FIA World Endurance Championship will have 31 competing cars, when the 2019/20 season finally gets underway again at Spa Francorchamps in August.
The season has been on pause since Circuit Of The Americas in February, and the series needs some running prior to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in September.
There will be four cars in the LMP1 category. The two Toyota Gazoo Racing cars are naturally on the list, since they are in a very position in the championship. The lone challenger in the standings, Rebellion Racing, will attend with one car.
ByKolles Racing Team will also return to the racing paddock. Their latest race was Le Mans 2019, and has only done some test days since then, plus preparing for an expected Hypercar programme for the 2021 season. Danish racing driver, Mikkel Mac tested for the team one month ago, but it’s not yet announced, if he will be the third driver next to already announced Tom Dillmann and Bruno Spengler. Mac was racing for Luzich Racing Ferrari in the Michelin Le Mans Cup 2019, where he was very close at taking the title, but ended up losing out due to his teammate innocently being involved in crashes two weekends in a row.
There is no Rebellion Racing #3, who will race at Le Mans in September.
There is no Team LNT Ginetta either on the entry list. The team has been on-off participants in LMP1 this year, where they raced at Silverstone, Fuji, Shanghai and Bahrain. They didn’t travel to COTA, but was slated to run at Sebring, which ended up being cancelled. The team have already announced, that they will only run a single car at Le Mans in September.
Toyota Gazoo Racing #7 with Jose Maria Lopez, Kamui Kobayashi and Mike Conway leads the standings.
The LMP2 category has grown compared to the regular full-season entry list. United Autosports, Racing Team Nederland, High Class Racing, Signatech Alpine Elf, Jackie Chan DC Racing, JOTA, Cool Racing and Cetilar Racing will be joined by Algarve Pro Racing and Eurasia Motorsport, who will use this as a warm-up for the Le Mans race.
United Autosports #22 leads the standings with Phil Hanson and Filipe Albuquerque.
GTE Pro will consist of 6 well-known faces – two times Porsche, two times Ferrari and two times Aston Martin. Marco Sørensen and Nicki Thiim onboard the AMR #95 are current Championship leaders.
The 11 regular cars are back again in GTE Am. 2 times AF Corse, Red River Sport and MR Racing represent the Ferrari brand, with Nicklas Nielsen, Francois Perrodo and Emmanuel Collard in the AF Corse Ferrari #83 as current championship leaders.
Team Project 1 and Dempsey-Proton Racing/Proton Competition will bring two Porsche cars each, while Gulf Racing has their sole Porsche entered too.
Last but not least, there will be two Aston Martin cars, with a single entry from TF Sport, and one from Aston Martin Racing.
Some of the teams will get a head start one week earlier, when the European Le Mans Series races at the same track in Belgium. But more about that, when the final entry list gets released, and the teams reveal their plans.
The FIA World Endurance Championship 6 Hours of Spa will be run on 15 August, but will be run without spectators.