WEC unveils 32-car entry list for 2016

The World Endurance Championship has unveiled its entry list for the 2016 season, consisting of a total of 32 cars across its four classes.

In the fifth year since the championship's inception in 2012, 19 prototypes - nine in LMP1 and 10 in LMP2 - will be joined by 13 GT cars, with seven entries in GTE-Pro and six in GTE-Am.

The headline LMP1 class features the same nine entries that completed the 2015 season, with the Dunlop-shod ByKolles Racing team again joining fellow privateers Rebellion Racing and the six factory prototypes from Porsche, Audi and Toyota.

In LMP2, SMP Racing's brace of BR01s have been entered for a full season, while a second Signatech Alpine - entered under the 'BAXI DC Racing' banner - and an ORECA from Manor join last year's entries.

As revealed by Motorsport.com, KCMG has withdrawn from the class, while G-Drive Racing is down to a single car as part of its tie-up with JOTA Sport.

GTE entries

Ford Chip Ganassi Racing's pair of all-new GT machines balance out Porsche's withdrawal from the GTE Pro ranks as a factory team, although the German manufacturer will still be represented by the Dempsey Proton team, which steps up from GTE Am.

The Aston Martin works team, meanwhile, drops from three GTE Pro cars to two, keeping the number of class entries at seven, with the British marque entering a sole car in the Am class, down from two in 2015.

Larbre Competition, AF Corse and Abu Dhabi Proton Racing all return from last year, bolstered by KCMG and European Le Mans Series graduates Gulf Racing, although SMP Racing's withdrawal limits the size of the class to just six full-time cars.

Full entry list:

Team Car Confirmed drivers

LMP1

1 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid  Timo Bernhard
 Mark Webber
 Brendon Hartley
2 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid  Romain Dumas
 Neel Jani
 Marc Lieb
4  ByKolles Racing CLM P1/01 - AER  Simon Trummer
5  Toyota Racing Toyota TS 050 Hybrid  Anthony Davidson
Sebastien Buemi
 Kazuki Nakajima
6  Toyota Racing Toyota TS 050 Hybrid

Stephane Sarrazin

 Mike Conway

 Kamui Kobayashi

7  Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron quattro 

 Andre Lotterer

 Benoit Treluyer

Marcel Fassler

8  Audi Sport Team Joest  Audi R18 e-tron quattro 

 Lucas di Grassi

 Loic Duval

 Oliver Jarvis

12  Rebellion Racing Rebellion R-One - AER   Nicolas Prost
13  Rebellion Racing  Rebellion R-One - AER  Matheo Tuscher

LMP2

26  G-Drive Racing Oreca 05 - Nissan

 Roman Rusinov

 Nathanael Berthon

27  SMP Racing BR01 - Nissan 

 Nicolas Minassian

30  Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier JS P2 - Nissan

 Scott Sharp

31  Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier JS P2 - Nissan

 Ryan Dalziel

35  BAXI DC Racing Alpine Alpine A460 - Nissan 

 David Cheng

 Ho-Pin Tung

36 Signatech Alpine Alpine A460 - Nissan 

 Gustavo Menezes

37 SMP Racing BR01 - Nissan 

 Vitaly Petrov

42 Strakka Racing Gibson 015S - Nissan 

 Nick Leventis

43  RGR Sport by Morand Ligier JS P2 - Nissan

 Ricardo Gonzalez

 Filipe Albuquerque

 Bruno Senna

44  Manor ORECA 05 - Nissan 

 Tor Graves

LMGTE Pro

51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE

 Gianmaria Bruni

 James Calado

66  Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT  Marino Franchitti
67  Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT  Olivier Pla 
71 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE

 Davide Rigon

 Sam Bird

77 Dempsey Proton Racing
Porsche 911 RSR

 Richard Lietz

 Michael Christensen
95 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage V8

 Nicki Thiim

97 Aston Martin Racing  Aston Martin Vantage V8

 Richie Stanaway

LMGTE Am

50 Larbre Competition Chevrolet Corvette C7R 

 Yutaka Yamagishi

 Paolo Ruberti 

 Pierre Ragues

78  KCMG Porsche 911 RSR 

 Christian Ried

83  AF Corse  Ferrari F458 Italia 

 Francois Perrodo

 Emmanuel Collard

 Rui Aguas

86 Gulf Racing Porsche 911 RSR 

 Michael Wainwright

88  Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR 

 Khaled Al Qubaisi

98 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage V8 

 Paul Dalla Lana

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