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FIA WEC – This week’s news round-up
The new livery chosen by JOTA for its Oreca 07-Gibson prototypes and the drivers who will defend the colours of AF Corse make this week’s headlines. With the entry list due to be published tomorrow, Season 9 of the FIA World Endurance Championship is almost upon us!
A new livery for JOTA
The UK-based team has unveiled a new livery for 2021. The #28 and #38 Oreca 07-Gibson prototypes will sport a predominantly green design for their LMP2 campaign. Stoffel Vandoorne, Tom Blomqvist and Sean Gelael will share the wheel of the #28 with Anthony Davidson, Antonio Felix da Costa and Roberto González in the sister car.
Realteam Racing set for FIA WEC début
A new team is preparing to step into the FIA World Endurance Championship spotlight: Realteam Racing. With two European Le Mans Series LMP3 campaigns under its belt, including a win and a podium in 2020, the Swiss outfit is now stepping up to LMP2 with an Oreca 07-Gibson. Driver and team owner Esteban Garcia has called on 2013 Le Mans winner Loïc Duval and Norman Nato to lead their venture onto the international stage. Realteam Racing will rely on the experienced TDS Racing for technical support.
Ferrari confirms line-ups
The Italian manufacturer has announced the drivers who will take the wheel of the two AF Corse entries in the LMGTE Pro class. Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado will drive the #51 488 GTE Evo while the second car, now sporting the number 52 (instead of 71), will be shared by Miguel Molina and Daniel Serra. Davide Rigon will join them for the 89th 24 Hours of Le Mans on 12-13 June 2021.
Ben Keating signs for TF Sport
After defending the colours of Team Project 1, Ben Keating has joined TF Sport for the 2021 season. The American will share the wheel of the #33 Aston Martin Vantage AMR with Felipe Fraga and Dylan Pereira (runner-up in the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany and the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in 2020). TF Sport will be a serious contender for the LMGTE Am title and hope to clinch a second successive 24 Hours of Le Mans win.
Asian Le Mans Series outfit D’Station Racing preparing for FIA WEC campaign
The LMGTE Am entry list will feature a second Aston Martin Vantage AMR. The #777 will be fielded by Japanese team D’Station Racing who will be stepping up from the Asian Le Mans Series to the FIA WEC. Tomonobu Fujii and Satoshi Hoshino will share the wheel with a third driver to be named shortly.
The entry list for Season 9 of the FIA World Endurance Championship will be revealed on Thursday 21 January at 11:21 UTC.