With a record number of Hypercar and LMGTE Am entries, the field for the 11th season of the FIA World Endurance Championship is set to herald a new era of endurance motorsport.
With Hypercar entries from no less than 9 different teams, entering 7 different makes of car 2023 is set to go down in the history books.
Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest: “The FIA World Endurance Championship is about to embark on one of its most thrilling seasons ever. Seven manufacturers are lining up on the 13-car Hypercar grid. The season comprises the 24 Hours of Le Mans Centenary, eagerly awaited by motorsports fans all over the world. See you at Sebring on 11 March for the Prologue to this fantastic season.”
Multiple manufacturers, including Cadillac, Ferrari, Glickenhaus, Peugeot, Porsche, Toyota, and Vanwall, have pledged their support to the World Endurance Championship (WEC). The number of WEC Hypercar entrants has more than doubled in just one year, from six in 2022 to thirteen in 2023.
With global manufacturers joining forces with top-tier teams and motorsport heavyweights like Penske Motorsport, the 2023 entry list appears to be more formidable than ever. The team also boasts a stellar lineup of drivers, each of whom has extensive experience in their chosen motorsport.
The 11th season of the WEC will be remarkable all on its own, but the crown jewel of the WEC calendar, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, will be extra special this year because it will be the race's centennial. There will be seven total races in the 2023 season, with the championship returning to familiar regions including North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia (Sebring, Portimao, Spa-Francorchamps, Le Mans, Monza, Fuji and Bahrain).
Frédéric Lequien, CEO of the FIA World Endurance Championship: “It is truly fantastic to see the WEC and sportscar racing overall going from strength to strength. I’d like to take this opportunity to offer a very warm welcome to our friends at Cadillac, Ferrari, Porsche and Vanwall who join our Hypercar class this year - it’s a huge honour to have so many global car manufacturers committing to the WEC and putting their trust in our championship. It’s also very encouraging to see strong entries in LMP2 as well as a record LMGTE Am field too – the WEC is shaping up for its best season to date.”
We have a record-breaking LMGTE Am field with 14 competitors (up from 13 last year). There are four international brands: Porsche (six), Ferrari (four), Aston Martin (three), and Chevrolet (one). After making a triumphant comeback to the World Endurance Championship in the LMGTE Pro class in 2018, Corvette Racing has announced that Ben Keating of the United States will lead the team in the GTE Am class beginning in 2023.
The Iron Dames return in car number 85 with Sarah Bovy, Michelle Gatting, and Rahel Frey behind the wheel once again. After competing in LMP2 for two full seasons, Richard Mille Racing will partner with AF Corse in 2023 to form a new LMGTE Am entry. Luis Perez Companc is scheduled to drive the Ferrari 488 GTE Evo for the new team.
For the 2023 season, the highly successful GTE Am team TF Sport will compete as ORT by TF. Oman-based driver Ahmad Al Harthy will join Michael Dinan and Charlie Eastwood in the Aston Martin Vantage AMR. A number of well-known teams, including AF Corse, Dempsey-Proton Racing, Team Project 1, Iron Lynx, Kessel Racing, D'Station Racing, and GR Racing, will return to compete again this year.
The full entry list can be found below