With all of the announcements surrounding Porsche recently, I thought I'd create a new season thread for the 2014 FIA WEC. It seems like most of next year's championships have already got their respective threads on 10 Tenths, so why not dedicate a specific space for all information for next season?
::: CALENDAR :::
: Circuit Paul Ricard
: 28-29 March
6 Hours of Silverstone
: Silverstone Circuit
: 18-20 April
WEC 6 Heures de Spa-Francorchamps
: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
: 02-03 May
24 Heures du Mans Test
: Circuit de la Sarthe
: 1 June
Circuit de la Sarthe
: Circuit de la Sarthe
: 14-15 June
6 Hours of São Paulo
: Autódromo José Carlos Pace
: 29-31 August
6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas*
: Circuit of the Americas
: 18-20 September
6 Hours of Fuji
: Fuji Speedway
: 3-5 October
6 Hours of Shanghai
: Shanghai International Circuit
: 31 October - 1 November
6 Hours of Bahrain
: Bahrain International Circuit
: 13-15 November
It should be noted that there are still negotiations over the Austin round. According to this article
, the FIA WEC is unhappy over the lack of interest in the 2013 6 Hours of COTA ---
::: ENTRIES :::
“There is no doubt that we will go to the United States. But we will go [to COTA] on the right conditions.”
denotes confirmed. Italics
denotes interested and/or likely.
- Audi Sport Team Joest (A McNISH / T KRISTENSEN / L DUVAL)
- Audi Sport Team Joest (B TRELUYER / A LOTTERER / M FASSLER)
- Porsche AG (T BERNHARD / R DUMAS / M LIEB)
- Porsche AG (N JANI / M WEBBER / B HARTLEY)
- Toyota Racing (A WURZ / K NAKAJIMA / N LAPIERRE) + M CONWAY (reserve)
- Toyota Racing (A DAVIDSON / S SARRAZIN / S BUEMI) + M CONWAY (reserve)
- Rebellion Racing (N PROST / TBA / TBA)
- Rebellion Racing (TBA / TBA / TBA)
- OAK Racing (TBA / TBA / TBA)
- Delta-ADR (F GIROIX / TBA / TBA)
- Delta-ADR (TBA / TBA / TBA)
- SMP Racing (S ZLOBIN / M MEDIANI / TBA)
- SMP Racing (V SHAITAR / A LADYGIN / K LADYGIN)
- Strakka Racing (D WATTS / J KANE / N LEVENTIS)
- Strakka Racing (TBA / TBA / TBA)
- KCMG (TBA / TBA / TBA)
- Signatech-Alpine (TBA / TBA / TBA)
- 2nd Signatech car?
- OAK Racing Morgan?
- OAK Racing Ligier?
- Teams with Oreca 03R
- ADESS AG?
- Tiga LMP2?
- Aston Martin Racing (S MUCKE / D TURNER / TBA)
- Aston Martin Racing (TBA / TBA / TBA)
- Ram Racing (J MOWLEM / M GRIFFIN / TBA)
- Porsche AG Team Manthey (F MAKOWIECKI / TBA / TBA)
- Porsche AG Team Manthey (TBA / TBA / TBA)
- AF Corse (TBA / TBA / TBA)
- AF Corse (TBA / TBA / TBA)
- Aston Martin Racing (P DALLA LANA / TBA / TBA)
- Ram Racing (TBA / TBA / TBA)
- AF Corse
- Prospeed Competition (Francois Perrodo??)
- Proton Competition
- 2nd Aston Martin Racing car
- 3rd Aston Martin Racing car (somewhat unlikely, but before mentioned)
Krohn Racing, 8Star, and Pecom Racing won't be back for 2014. IMSA Performance Matmut is reportedly still evaluating its options for 2014, while Greaves Motorsport poses an unlikely chance of a WEC program after a sponsor offer fell through -- however they will compete full-time in the 2014 ELMS. Larbre Competition has not made a peep about their 2014 plans. Enzo Potolicchio is in high demand for GTE-Am after being demoted to Bronze -- he has reportedly received offers
from three different GTE-Am teams for the 2014 season. Krohn Racing is looking to 2015 for an LMP2 attack but has also lodged a NAEC entry in TUSC -- a sign that there are perhaps still commitments with Ferrari?
::: SEASON PREVIEW :::
No one can argue that we're in for a fantastic season. Toyota has learned from its mistakes and one can expect awesome things given they took their #7 car out for two races to focus on the development of their new car. The Toyota TS040 Hybrid, the successor of the Toyota TS030 Hybrid, will be unveiled sometime in January 2014.
Audi will continue to bring their fabled excellence and precision to the table with an absolutely wicked-looking new R18 e-tron quattro. Joining the LMP1 fray will be Porsche, fielding two full-time cars in the 2014 FIA WEC, notably signing on ex-F1 driver Mark Webber.
Rebellion Racing will now run a factory-built Rebellion R-One car, with two full season entries. OAK Racing will likely join at either Spa or Le Mans to begin their LMP1 program after a brief sabbatical from the class. No one can forget Lotus, either -- what are their plans for the future?
Many changes await in LMP2. Strakka will return to its LMP2 roots with two full season DOME S103s, powered by Nissan. KCMG, the Hong Kong-based team that came a close 2nd in the Asian Le Mans Series after a narrow defeat at the 3 Hours of Sepang, will field one full season Morgan LMP2 car in the 2014 WEC. Fabien Giroix, the man behind the now defunct Gulf Racing Middle East, will help fund Delta-ADR's 2nd car. Signatech Racing, now partnered with Alpine, will step up from the ELMS to the WEC with at least one full season car, if not two. SMP Racing will field two full season cars under the immense wealth of Boris Rotenberg. An updated Oreca 03, which will be called the Oreca 03R, will be available to prospective LMP2 teams. OAK Racing will be developing a closed-cockpit Ligier LMP2 car in 2014, but it is uncertain whether they will make the first race. Additionally, the status of the team running their tried-and-true Morgan Nissans full season next year is somewhat up in the air. Can ADESS AG find a team to run their brand-new car, which closely resembles the Lotus T128? Will Mike Newton's Tiga LMP2 project take off?
In GTE, Porsche will return under the Manthey moniker with two full-time GTE-Pro entrants, with Frederic Makowiecki the only signed driver. Porsche will offer customer 911 RSRs (991 edition) to privateer teams interested in GTE-Am. Prospeed Competition and Proton Competition are the two current teams planning to run for the full 2014 FIA WEC season using the new 911s. Ram Racing will make the jump from ELMS to WEC, planning to run one full-time GTE-Pro car with Johnny Mowlem and Matt Griffin, and one full-time GTE-Am car with TBA drivers. AF Corse hasn't yet officially confirmed their return but it's only a matter of time. Finally, Aston Martin Racing has confirmed two full-time GTE-Pro entries, one GTE-Am entry with Paul Dalla Lana, and the team is searching for potential customer teams in the WEC.
::: 2014 WEC FORUM RACE THREADS :::
Official details will be announced on January 26!
Roll on 2014!!