WEC to require two amateurs in LMP2 line-ups in 2021

FIA World Endurance Championship line-ups in the LMP2 category will have to include two amateur drivers from next season. 

WEC to require two amateurs in LMP2 line-ups in 2021
Listen to this article

A rule change was passed by the FIA World Motor Sport Council on Friday mandating that each line-up must include two silver or one bronze-rated driver from the start of the 2021 season next March. 

This is a modification on existing rules for the WEC, as well as the European Le Mans Series, that demand only one amateur of either silver or bronze categorisation.

A further tweak to the regulations will mandate that each car is raced by three drivers, whereas two-driver combinations are allowed at present.

The move has been debated by WEC bosses and the teams racing in LMP2 over the past six months. 

The WEC organisation argued that the move would encourage more cars into a category that attracted only eight full-season entries for the current 2019/20 season. That was a one-car increase on the seven LMP2s that took part in the 2018/19 WEC superseason, but a reduction on the nine that contested every round in 2017. 

The minimum driving times have yet to be defined, according the WMSC bulletin. All drivers at present have to be at the wheel of their car for 75 minutes of a six-hour race. 

The new rules will come into force at the same time as the LMP2 cars are slowed. 

The one-make Gibson normally-aspirated V8 will be detuned by approximately 50bhp for 2021. This is to ensure that LMP2s are slower than the new breed of LM Hypercar which take over from LMP1s in the top category of the WEC next season. 

The target race lap time for LMH machinery around the 8.47-mile Le Mans circuit is 3m30s, whereas the fastest lap in LMP2 in last month's 24 Hours was a 3m27s. 

So-called 'grandfathering' of existing LMP1 machinery to race alongside LMH cars in 2021 has also been ratified. This, according to the WMSC bulletin, will involving balancing the P1s "to operate in the same performance window" as LMH cars. 

So far Signatech Alpine is the only team to declare its intent to race a P1 and will field a solo example of the Gibson-powered Oreca design that has competed as the Rebellion R-13 over the past two seasons. 

The six-race 2021 WEC calendar announced last month was also rubber-stamped by the WMSC. The series, which has been slimmed down from eight races, is due to kick off at Sebring in March and conclude in Bahrain in November. 

shares
comments

Related video

Westbrook rejoins Aston Martin WEC squad for Bahrain
Previous article

Westbrook rejoins Aston Martin WEC squad for Bahrain

Next article

Unpopular new LMP2 driver rules set to be reversed

Unpopular new LMP2 driver rules set to be reversed
The long road to convergence for sportscar racing's new golden age Prime

The long road to convergence for sportscar racing's new golden age

The organisers of the World Endurance Championship and IMSA SportsCar Championship worked together to devise the popular new LMDh rule set. But to turn it from an idea into reality, some serious compromises were involved - both from the prospective LMDh entrants and those with existing Le Mans Hypercar projects...

IMSA
Nov 25, 2022
How Porsche's Le Mans legend changed the game Prime

How Porsche's Le Mans legend changed the game

The 956 set the bar at the dawn of Group C 40 years ago, and that mark only rose higher through the 1980s, both in the world championship and in the US. It and its successor, the longer-wheelbase 962, are arguably the greatest sportscars of all time.

WEC
Aug 25, 2022
Why BMW shouldn't be overlooked on its return to prototypes Prime

Why BMW shouldn't be overlooked on its return to prototypes

OPINION: While the focus has been on the exciting prospect of Ferrari vs Porsche at the Le Mans 24 Hours next year, BMW’s factory return to endurance racing should not be ignored. It won't be at the French classic next year as it focuses efforts on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, but could be a dark horse in 2024 when it returns to La Sarthe with the crack WRT squad.

Le Mans
Aug 21, 2022
The history lessons Peugeot should have learned on its return Prime

The history lessons Peugeot should have learned on its return

The Peugeot 9X8 will make its FIA World Endurance Championship debut at Monza this weekend. The French manufacturer has gone radical and will be hoping it doesn’t need to overhaul its contender, as it did with its first Le Mans challenger…

WEC
Jul 8, 2022
How Formula E's double-duty drivers got on at Le Mans Prime

How Formula E's double-duty drivers got on at Le Mans

Eight Formula E drivers made the 7,000-mile sprint from the streets of Jakarta to the fabled Circuit de la Sarthe and every one had a story to share at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours. Despite a range of triumphs and disappointments, each driver doubling up on the day job played a key role in their teams' fortunes

Le Mans
Jun 14, 2022
How junior formula giant Prema is readying for its Le Mans future Prime

How junior formula giant Prema is readying for its Le Mans future

Prema remains a colossus in single-seaters, but the serial Formula 2 and Formula 3 title-winning squad has joined forces with top GT squad Iron Lynx for an attack on sportscars in the FIA World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series. Ahead of its debut at the Le Mans 24 Hours, its sights are firmly fixed on LMP2 glory – and a future in Hypercars next year...

Le Mans
Jun 8, 2022
The British rookies targeting a good first impression at Le Mans Prime

The British rookies targeting a good first impression at Le Mans

Three young Britons will make their first starts in the Le Mans 24 Hours this weekend in the highly-competitive 23-car GTE Am field. But how did they get here? Motorsport.com hears their stories.

Le Mans
Jun 7, 2022
The wingless wonder Peugeot hopes will restore it to Le Mans glory Prime

The wingless wonder Peugeot hopes will restore it to Le Mans glory

Peugeot went radical with the initial plan for its Le Mans Hypercar project, and then stuck to its guns. Here’s how things are shaping up a few weeks before the debut of the 9X8 in next month's Monza World Endurance Championship round

WEC
Jun 1, 2022