WEC reveals 28-car entry list for 2017

The FIA World Endurance Championship has revealed a 28-car entry list for the 2017 season.

WEC reveals 28-car entry list for 2017

The list was unveiled during the annual ACO press conference held in Le Mans, along with the entry lists for the Le Mans 24 Hours and European Le Mans Series.

As expected, the LMP1 division consists of just five cars for the full-season following Audi's withdrawal from the championship and Rebellion Racing's move down to LMP2.

Two Porsche 919 Hybrids, two Toyota TS050 Hybrids and a sole ByKolles CLM - to be driven by Robert Kubica - make up the class entry, with a third car from Toyota joining for Spa and Le Mans only.

The new-look LMP2 class remains stable at 10 cars, all of them Oreca 07s - albeit with two rebadged as Alpine A470s by defending class champion Signatech Alpine.

As well as previously-confirmed efforts from Rebellion, TDS Racing and DC Racing (now in partnership with Jota Sport), Manor's return is confirmed with a two-car entry, entered under the 'CEFC Manor TRS Racing' banner in deference to new sponsor CEFC China Energy.

Tor Graves and Roberto Gonzalez are the team's nominated drivers, while the entry list also confirms Stephane Richelmi's return at Signatech, albeit no longer alongside fellow reigning champions Nicolas Lapierre and Gustavo Menezes.

Bruni in doubt at Ferrari

The GTE Pro entry is up by one to eight for 2017, thanks to the return of Porsche with a full two-car works entry alongside rivals Ferrari, Ford and Aston Martin.

Richard Lietz and Michael Christensen, who were teammates in the semi-works Dempsey-Proton entry last year, are split apart as the nominated drivers for cars 91 and 92 respectively.

Frederic Makowiecki has already been confirmed as a Porsche WEC driver, although it remains unclear who he will partner, while the identity of the fourth driver has also yet to be confirmed.

This is partly down to Gianmaria Bruni, who is believed to be locked in a legal battle with Ferrari to escape his commitments with the Italian marque in order to join the Porsche camp.

Bruni's name is notably absent from the provisional entry list, with 2016 teammate James Calado the nominated entry in the #51 car, and it remains possible the ex-Minardi F1 driver may be forced to sit out the season entirely.

Elsewhere, Pipo Derani joins Ford as the third driver for the #67 car at Silverstone, Spa and Le Mans, with Billy Johnson reprising a similar role in the sister #66 machine.

The GTE Am entry is down by one to six cars, with Larbre Competition and KCMG exiting the series and Proton Competition scaling back to a single Porsche 911 RSR.

Bolstering the entry are two Ferrari 488 GTEs from Spirit of Race and Clearwater Racing, which join returnees Aston Martin, Gulf Racing and the remaining Proton Porsche.

Entry list:

Team Car Confirmed drivers

LMP1 - 5 cars

1  Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid

 Neel Jani

 Andre Lotterer

 Nick Tandy

2  Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid  Brendon Hartley
 Timo Bernhard
 Earl Bamber
4  ByKolles Racing Team CLM P1/01-Nissan

 Robert Kubica

 Oliver Webb

TBA

 Toyota Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid

 Mike Conway

 Kamui Kobayashi

 Jose Maria Lopez

 Toyota Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid

 Anthony Davidson
 Sebastien Buemi
 Kazuki Nakajima

LMP2 - 10 cars

13  Vaillante Rebellion Oreca 07-Gibson

 Nelson Piquet

 Mathias Beche

 David Heinemeier Hansson

24  CEFC Manor TRS Racing Oreca 07-Gibson

 Tor Graves

TBA

TBA

25   CEFC Manor TRS Racing Oreca 07-Gibson

 Roberto Gonzalez

TBA

TBA 

26  G-Drive Racing Oreca 07-Gibson

 Roman Rusinov

 Pierre Thiriet

TBA

28  TDS Racing Oreca 07-Gibson

 Emmanuel Collard

 Francois Perrodo

 Matthieu Vaxiviere

31  Vaillante Rebellion Oreca 07-Gibson

 Nicolas Prost

 Bruno Senna

 Julien Canal

35  Signatech Alpine Alpine A470-Gibson

 Stephane Richelmi

TBA

TBA

36  Signatech Alpine Alpine A470-Gibson

 Nicolas Lapierre

TBA

TBA

37  Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca 07-Gibson

 Ho-Pin Tung

TBA

TBA

38  Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca 07-Gibson

 David Cheng

TBA

TBA

LMGTE Pro - 8 cars

51  AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE

 James Calado

TBA

66   Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT

 Stefan Mucke

 Olivier Pla

 Billy Johnson*

67   Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT 

 Andy Priaulx

 Harry Tincknell

 Pipo Derani*

71  AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE

 Davide Rigon

 Sam Bird

91  Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR

 Richard Lietz

TBA

92   Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR 

 Michael Christensen

TBA

95  Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage GTE

 Nicki Thiim

 Marco Sorensen

97   Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage GTE 

 Darren Turner

 Jonny Adam

LMGTE Am - 5 cars

54  Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GTE

 Thomas Flohr

 Francesco Castellacci

TBA

61  Clearwater Racing Ferrari 488 GTE

 Matt Griffin

 Keita Sawa

 Weng Sun Mok

77  Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR 

 Christian Ried

TBA

TBA

86  Gulf Racing Porsche 911 RSR

 Mike Wainwright

TBA

TBA

98  Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage GTE 

 Paul Dalla Lana

 Mathias Lauda

 Pedro Lamy

* - first three races (Silverstone, Spa, Le Mans) only

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