This Wednesday, January 12, the 2022 World Endurance Championship was unveiled with a field of 39 cars at the start.
Peugeot’s long-awaited return
With an additional exemption, Alpine will also be in the race, as in 2021 in the Hypercar category, with the Alpine A480 – Gibson. Alpine formalized this fall, the development of an LMDh (Le Mans Daytona hybrid) with a view to an upcoming engagement from 2024, so what about the Centenary edition in 2023 for the A fléché firm… The team ByKolles is not among the entries. Glickenhaus is, on the other hand, very present with only one car: the 007 LMH.
The main information to remember from this list of entries which has just been published, is obviously the return of the Lionesses in Endurance, 10 years after the sudden withdrawal of the Sochaux brand: the Hypercar Peugeot 9X8 N ° 93 is entrusted to Paul di Resta and the N ° 94 to Loïc Duval. We will therefore have to wait a few more weeks to know the distribution of the crews on the Peugeot prototypes: Kevin Magnussen, Gustavo Menezes, Mikkel Jensen and Jean-Eric Vergne. James Rossiter is appointed reserve and simulator pilot. As the car is still subject to homologation, the Lion may not participate in the 2022 24 Hours of Le Mans. On the other hand, it is very likely to see the Peugeot Hypercars in the United States, during the prologue next March at Sebring (March 12 and 13).
From “one-design” in LMP2 and “classic” in GT…
The LMP2 field contains the most entered competitors (15) and all the teams will be equipped with the same equipment, in this case the Oreca 07 – Gibson.
In the GT categories: in LMGTE Pro, it will be a mano to mano between the Ferrari 488 GTE Evo and the Porsche 911 RSR refereed by a single Corvette C8R, and in GTE Am it will be a three-way match with the same Porsches and Ferraris. join the Aston-Martin Vantage AMR.
For the list of entries click on this link:
Let us recall the calendar of the World Endurance Championship which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year:
Official Prologue – Sebring (USA): March 12 and 13, 2022
1000 miles from Sebring (USA): March 18, 2022
6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium): May 7, 2022
24 Hours of Le Mans (France): June 11 and 12, 2022
6 Hours of Monza (Italy): July 10, 2022
6 Hours of Fuji (Japan): September 11, 2022
8 Hours of Bahrain (Bahrain): November 2, 2022