The WEC is an endurance racing series of six hour races at exotic circuits around the world from Fuji to Spa. If six hours sounds like a long time to be driving a race-car at its limit, the series also includes the 24 hour race at Le Mans. But first is Silverstone, on 17th April.
Amateur racing is where it all began and The Flaneur is going to concentrate on amateurs and indie racers in this season’s World Endurance Championship. Privateer teams exist throughout the four categories of racing but in particular the LMGTE AM class is redolent of drivers competing for the love of the sport.
Watch an introduction to WEC racing
Some teams are well-funded and linked to manufacturers – for them success should be easier. Sure the Toyota, Porsche and Audi LMP1 cars are superb technological achievements, but we are going to follow the indie GT teams, racing recognisable sports cars with less stellar budgets that are in it for the fun and excitement.
Competitors at the first race at Silverstone in the LMGTE AM class are Larbre Competition, KCMG, AF Corse, Gulf Racing, Abu-Dhabi Proton Racing and Aston Martin Racing. In the PRO Class are also entries from Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK and Dempsey Proton Racing. Ford makes a welcome return to the Championship this year . There are also Porsche, Ferrari and Aston Martin and Corvette – we’ll keep an eye on the GT contests in this most exhausting of motor racing series.