F1 Stars Join WEC 2024 FIA World Endurance Championship
Here at F1-Fansite.com, while our heartbeat synchronizes with the high-octane world of Formula 1, we recognize the sheer excitement and passion that encompasses all motorsport disciplines. Understanding that many of our F1 aficionados are also fans of other racing formats, we're excited to bring you a special feature on the upcoming 2024 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).
As a platform dedicated to the pulse of Formula 1, we often witness the intersections between F1 and other racing series. Recognizing the shared talent and technology that flow between these worlds, we believe this exclusive look into the WEC will enrich your motorsport experience. So, let's dive into the endurance racing arena and explore what the 2024 WEC season has in store!
Thrilling Lineup Set for 2024 FIA World Endurance Championship
In a remarkable show of growth and diversity, the 2024 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) is poised to deliver an enthralling season of racing. The entry list features an array of prestigious manufacturers and renowned drivers, making it a landmark year in endurance racing history.
Diverse Manufacturer Representation
The upcoming season will see a total of 14 distinguished car brands competing across various categories. These include Alpine, Aston Martin, BMW, Cadillac, Corvette, Ferrari, Ford, Isotta Fraschini, Lamborghini, Lexus, McLaren, Peugeot, Porsche, and Toyota. This variety not only highlights the allure of the WEC but also underscores the series as a premier platform for global automotive giants.
Star-Studded Driver Lineup
The championship will showcase an array of talent, including former LMP2 champion Robert Kubica, who will advance to the Hypercar class with AF Corse's Ferrari 499P. Joining the endurance racing scene is Formula 1 reserve driver Mick Schumacher, who will take the wheel for Alpine. Additionally, motorsports icon Valentino Rossi will bring his expertise to the LMGT3 class with BMW, adding further excitement to the series.
Hypercar Class Expansion
Since its introduction in 2021, the Hypercar class has become the pinnacle of the WEC, attracting top-tier competitors. The 2024 season will feature nine manufacturers in this class, including current champions Toyota, along with notable entrants such as Cadillac, Ferrari, Peugeot, Porsche, and newcomers like BMW, Lamborghini, and Isotta Fraschini.
New Venues and Expanded Calendar
The WEC is set to broaden its global reach with an eight-round calendar, including new venues in Sao Paulo, Doha, and Imola, alongside a return to the Circuit of The Americas. This expansion signifies the championship's commitment to bringing high-octane racing to fans across five continents.
Introduction of LMGT3 Class
2024 marks a new era in GT racing within the WEC, with the debut of the LMGT3 class. This category, based on the FIA's GT3 technical platform, replaces the LMGTE class and will focus on private teams and gentleman drivers. The inaugural season of LMGT3 will see 18 entries from nine globally recognized marques.
Key Entries and Driver Announcements
In the Hypercar class, Ferrari is upping its game with a third Ferrari 499P Hypercar, driven by Kubica. Reigning champions Toyota Gazoo Racing will defend their title with the Toyota GR010 Hybrids, featuring Nyck de Vries in the No. 7 car. Porsche Penske Motorsport continues with two Porsche 963 Hypercars, with a notable driver change in the No. 5 car.
The LMGT3 class is equally exciting, featuring teams like Team WRT with Valentino Rossi in a BMW M4 GT3, and McLaren's entry with United Autosports. Additionally, familiar teams like Iron Lynx and Corvette Racing (aligned with TF Sport) are returning to the championship, ensuring fierce competition across the board.
Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, expressed enthusiasm for the upcoming season, emphasizing its significance in the history of motorsport. Richard Mille, FIA Endurance Commission President, highlighted the championship's evolution and the promising future of both the Hypercar and LMGT3 classes. Frédéric Lequien, CEO of the FIA WEC, praised the diversity and number of entries, reflecting on what he described as the "golden era of endurance racing."
As the 2024 FIA World Endurance Championship gears up for an extraordinary season, fans and participants alike can anticipate a thrilling display of motorsport excellence, showcasing the best of endurance racing on a global stage.
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