2012 FIA WEC/ALMS/ELMS/BES Thread

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A bit of shock and horror from yesterday and a lot of announcements good and bad, first spyshots of Toyota's new car, Peugeot announcing that they'll be pulling out of endurance racing effective immediately, Pescarolo finally breaking the silence and announcing a programme for 2012, the floodgates open in LMP2... endurance racing is in a state of flux at the moment.

Okay, so this thread will be dedicated to any racing under the ACO "umbrella", plus Stephane Ratel's GT endurance series, so the GT World Championship (1h sprint races) is counted out. The first post will contain calendars for all 4 series, and complete entry lists when they surface.

2012 FIA World Endurance Championship (LMP1, LMP2, GTE-Pro, GTE-Am)

March 17: 60th 12 Hours of Sebring, Sebring International Raceway, Florida, USA
May 5: 6 Hours of Spa, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
June 3: Le Mans test day
June 16-17: 80th 24 Hours of Le Mans, Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans, France
Aug 25: 6 Hours of Silverstone, Silverstone, UK
Sept 15: 6 Hours of Sao Paulo, Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sept 29: 6 Hours of Bahrain, Sakhir, Bahrain
Oct 14: 6 Hours of Fuji, Fuji Speedway, Japan
Nov 11 or 18: 6 Hours of China, TBA (Shanghai or Zhuhai), China

2012 American Le Mans Series (LMP1, LMP2, LMPC, GTE, ALMS GTC)

March 17: 60th 12 Hours of Sebring, Sebring International Raceway, Florida (WEC-ALMS combined race), 12 hours
April 14: Tequila Patr?n American Le Mans Series at Long Beach, Long Beach street circuit, Long Beach, California, 1 hour 40 mins
May 12: American Le Mans Monterey, Laguna Seca, Monterey, California, 6 hours
July 7: American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix, Lime Rock Park, Connecticut, 2 hours 45 mins
July 22: Grand Prix of Mosport, Mosport International Raceway, Ontario, Canada, 2 hours 45 mins
Aug 4: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge, Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course, Lexington, Ohio, 2 hours 45 mins
Aug 18: Road Race Showcase, Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, 4 hours
Sept 1: Baltimore Grand Prix (UNCONFIRMED), Baltimore street circuit, Baltimore, Maryland, 2 hours
Sept 15: TBA, Virginia International Raceway, Alton, Virginia, 4 hours
Oct 20: 15th Annual Petit Le Mans, Road Atlanta, Braselton, Georgia, 1000 miles(1600 km, 394 laps) or 10 hours

2012 European Le Mans Series (LMP2, LMPC, GTE-Pro, GTE-Am, ELMS GTC)

March 9-10: Official Test Session, Circuit Paul Ricard
April 1: 6 Hours of Castellet, Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France
May 20: 6 Hours of Zolder, Zolder Circuit, Belgium (DATE CLASH WITH NURBURGRING 24 HOURS!!!)
July 15: 6 Hours of Donington, Donington Park, Leicestershire, UK
Sept 9: 6 Hours of Brno, Masaryk Circuit, Brno, Czech Republic
Nov 4: 6 Hours of Algarve, Portimao Circuit, Algarve, Portugal

2012 Blancpain Endurance Series (GT3, GT4)

April 15: Monza (3 hours)
June 3: Silverstone (3 hours)
July 1: Circuit Paul Ricard (3 hours)
July 28-29: Total 24 Hours of Spa
Sept 23: Nurburgring (3 hours)
Oct TBA: TBA (3 hours)

And the difference between ALMS GTC and ELMS GTC is the following: ALMS GTC is only Porsche Cup cars, ELMS GTC accepts Porsche Cup cars, Ferrari Challenge cars and Lotus Evora Cup/GT4 cars.
 
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Le Mans 24h and WEC entry list: (WEC entries are highlighted, all WEC entries will also race at Le Mans)

LMP1 (15 entries, 9 in WEC)

#1 Audi Sport Team Joest, Audi R18 Hybrid, Audi 3.7 V6 hybrid turbodiesel, Andre Lotterer/TBA/TBA (WEC entry)
#2 Audi Sport Team Joest, Audi R18 Hybrid, Audi 3.7 V6 hybrid turbodiesel, Allan McNish/TBA/TBA (WEC entry)
#3 Audi Sport Team Joest, Audi R18 TDI, Audi 3.7 V6 turbodiesel, Timo Bernhard/TBA/TBA
#4 Audi Sport North America, Audi R18 TDI, Audi 3.7 V6 turbodiesel, Oliver Jarvis/TBA/TBA
#7 Toyota Racing, Toyota TS030 Hybrid, Toyota (TBA) 3.4 V8 hybrid, Nicolas Lapierre/Alexander Wurz/Kazuki Nakajima (WEC entry)
#8 Toyota Racing, Toyota TS030 Hybrid, Toyota (TBA) 3.4 V8 hybrid, Hiroaki Ishiura/TBA/TBA
#12 Rebellion Racing, Lola B12/60-Toyota, Toyota RV8KLM 3.4 V8, Nicolas Prost/Nick Heidfeld/Neel Jani (WEC entry)
#13 Rebellion Racing, Lola B12/60-Toyota, Toyota TV8KLM 3.4 V8, Andrea Belicchi/Jeroen Bleekemolen/Harold Primat (WEC entry)
#15 OAK Racing, OAK Pescarolo 01-Judd, Judd DB 3.4 V8, Guillaume Moreau/Dominik Kraihamer/TBA (WEC entry)
#16 Pescarolo Team, Pescarolo 03(Aston Martin AMR-One)-Judd, Judd DB 3.4 V8, Emmanuel Collard/Jean-Christophe Bouillon/Julien Jousse (WEC entry)
#17 Pescarolo Team, Dome S102.5-Judd, Judd DB 3.4 V8, Nicolas Minassian/S?bastien Bourdais/TBA
#18 Dyson Racing Team, Lola B12/60-Mazda, (?)Mazda MZR-R 2.0 I4 Turbo, Guy Smith/TBA/TBA
#19 Dyson Racing Team, Lola B12/60-Mazda, (?)Mazda MZR-R 2.0 I4 Turbo, Chris Dyson/TBA/TBA
#21 Strakka Racing, HPD ARX-03a, HPD 3.4 V8, Nick Leventis/Danny Watts/Jonny Kane (WEC entry)
#22 JRM, HPD ARX-03a, HPD 3.4 V8, David Brabham/Peter Dumbreck/Karun Chandhok (WEC entry)

LMP2 (18!!!!! entries, 9 in WEC)

#23 Signatech Nissan, Oreca 03-Nissan, Nissan VK45DE 4.5 V8, Jordan Tresson/TBA/TBA (WEC entry)
#24 OAK Racing, Morgan LMP2(OAK Pescarolo 01)-Judd, Judd HK 3.6 V8, Jacques Nicolet/TBA/TBA (WEC entry)
#25 ADR-Delta, Oreca 03-Nissan, Nissan VK45DE 4.5 V8, John Martin/Robbie Kerr/Tor Graves (WEC entry)
#26 Signatech Nissan, Oreca 03-Nissan, Nissan VK45DE 4.5 V8, Franck Mailleux/TBA/TBA (WEC entry)
#28 Gulf Racing Middle East, Lola B12/80-Nissan, Nissan VK45DE 4.5 V8, Fabien Giroix/TBA/TBA (WEC entry)
#29 Gulf Racing Middle East, Lola B12/80-Nissan, Nissan VK45DE 4.5 V8, Fr?d?ric Fatien/TBA/TBA (WEC entry)
#31 Lotus(Kolles), Lola B12/80-Lotus(Judd), Judd HK 3.6 V8, Thomas Josef Holzer/TBA/TBA (WEC entry)
#33 Level 5 Motorsports, HPD ARX-03b, HPD HR28TT 2.8 V6 Turbo, Scott Tucker/TBA/TBA
#35 OAK Racing, Morgan LMP2(OAK Pescarolo 01)-Judd, Judd HK 3.6 V8, Olivier Pla/TBA/TBA
#38 Jota, Zytek Z11SN-Nissan, Nissan VK45DE 4.5 V8, Sam Hancock/Simon Dolan/TBA
#40 Race Performance, Oreca 03-Judd, Judd HK 3.6 V8, Michel Frey/TBA/TBA
#41 Greaves Motorsport, Zytek Z11SN-Nissan, Nissan VK45DE 4.5 V8, Christian Zugel/Elton Julian/Ricardo Gonz?lez (WEC entry)
#42 Greaves Motorsport, Zytek Z11SN-Nissan, Nissan VK45DE 4.5 V8, Alex Brundle/Martin Brundle/Lucas Ord??ez
#43 Extr?me Limite ARIC, Norma M200P-Judd, Judd HK 3.6 V8, Fabien Rosier/TBA/TBA
#44 Starworks Motorsport, HPD ARX-03b, HPD HR28TT 2.8 V6 Turbo, Enzo Potolicchio/Ryan Dalziel/TBA (WEC entry)
#45 Boutsen Ginion Racing, Oreca 03-Nissan, Nissan VK45DE 4.5 V8, Bastien Bri?re/TBA/TBA
#46 Thiriet by TDS Racing, Oreca 03-Nissan, Nissan VK45DE 4.5 V8, Pierre Thiriet/Mathias Beche/TBA
#49 Pecom Racing, Oreca 03-Nissan, Nissan VK45DE 4.5 V8, Soheil Ayari/Lu?s P?rez Companc/Pierre Kaffer (WEC entry)

LMP reserves (5 cars, to be added in order)

#47 Jetalliance Racing, Lola B12/80-Judd, Judd HK 3.6 V8, David Heinemeier-Hansson/TBA/TBA (LMP2)
#30 Status Grand Prix, Lola B12/80-Judd, Judd HK 3.6 V8, Alexander Sims/TBA/TBA (LMP2)
#48 Murphy Prototypes, Oreca 03-Judd, Judd HK 3.6 V8, Gregory Murphy/TBA/TBA (LMP2)
#5 Hope Racing, Oreca 01-Swiss HyTech Hybrid, Lehmann 2.0 I4 Turbo hybrid, Steve Zacchia/TBA/TBA (LMP1)
#32 Lotus(Kolles), Lola B12/80-Lotus(Judd), Judd HK 3.6 V8, Dariusch Ahrabian/TBA/TBA

Invitational entry, unclassified

#0 Highcroft Racing, Delta Wing, Marino Franchitti/TBA/TBA

LMGTE-Pro (9 entries, 5 in WEC)

#51 AF Corse, Ferrari 458 Italia GTC, Giancarlo Fisichella/Gianmaria Bruni/TBA (WEC entry)
#59 Luxury Racing, Ferrari 458 Italia GTC, Fr?d?ric Makowiecki/TBA/TBA (WEC entry)
#66 JMW Motorsport, Ferrari 458 Italia GTC, Tim Sugden/TBA/TBA
#71 AF Corse, Ferrari 458 Italia GTC, Andrea Bertolini/TBA/TBA (WEC entry)
#73 Corvette Racing, Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT2, Antonio Garc?a/Jan Magnussen/Jordan Taylor
#74 Corvette Racing, Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT2, Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Richard Westbrook
#77 Team Felbermayr-Proton, Porsche 997 GT3 RSR 2012-spec, Marc Lieb/Richard Lietz/TBA (WEC entry)
#80 Flying Lizard Motorsport, Porsche 997 GT3 RSR 2012-spec, J?rg Bergmeister/TBA/TBA
#97 Aston Martin Racing, Aston Martin Vantage GT2, Stefan M?cke/TBA/TBA

LMGTE-Am (13 entries, 7 in WEC)

#50 Larbre Competition, Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT2, Patrick Bornhauser/TBA/TBA (WEC entry)
#55 JWA-Avila, Porsche 997 GT3 RSR, Paul Daniels/TBA/TBA (WEC entry)
#57 Krohn Racing, Ferrari 458 Italia GTC, Tracy Krohn/Michele Rugolo/Niclas J?nsson (WEC entry)
#58 Luxury Racing, Ferrari 458 Italia GTC, Pierre Ehret/TBA/TBA (WEC entry)
#61 AF Corse, Ferrari 458 Italia GTC, Rob Kauffman/Rui ?guas/Michael Waltrip(?) (WEC entry)
#67 IMSA Performance Matmut, Porsche 997 GT3 RSR, Anthony Pons/TBA/TBA
#70 Larbre Competition, Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT2, Christophe Bourret/Pascal Gibon/Jean-Philippe Belloc (WEC entry)
#75 Prospeed Competition, Porsche 997 GT3 RSR, Paul van Splunteren/TBA/TBA
#79 Flying Lizard Motorsports, Porsche 997 GT3 RSR, Seth Neiman/TBA/TBA
#81 AF Corse, Ferrari 458 Italia GTC, Piergiuseppe Perazzini/Marco Cioci/TBA
#83 JMB Racing, Ferrari 458 Italia GTC, Manuel Rodrigues/TBA/TBA
#88 Team Felbermayr-Proton, Porsche 997 GT3 RSR, Christian Ried/Gianluca Roda/TBA (WEC entry)
#99 Aston Martin Racing, Aston Martin Vantage GT2, Christoffer Nygaard/TBA/TBA

GT reserves (4 cars, to be added in order)

#76 IMSA Performance Matmut, Porsche 997 GT3-RSR 2012-spec, Patrick Pilet/TBA/TBA (Pro)
#64 Lotus Cars Ltd., Lotus Evora GTE, Johnny Mowlem/TBA/TBA (Pro)
#98 Aston Martin Racing, Aston Martin Vantage GT2, Darren Turner/TBA/TBA (Pro)
#63 Proton Competition, Porsche 997 GT3 RSR, Horst Felbermayr Jr/TBA/TBA (Am)
 
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so that's why Wurz went to toyota :lol:

he must've known...
No, Wurz announced his move some time in late November. The rumblings about Peugeot pulling out all started and concluded within a matter of about 2 weeks, some rumblings started coming in after the New Year and yesterday the bombshell was dropped. Bourdais and Pagenaud must have known something though, since they both signed full-season IndyCar deals with Dreyer & Reinbold and Sam Schmidt respectively within the last month.

And one of the saddest sights possible:

https://twitter.com/#!/sebringraceway/status/160012315125760000/photo/1

Peugeot had a test session scheduled at Sebring. Their paddock garage was all set up and now it sits abandoned out there. :(
 
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Wow, seeing VIR on the ALMS schedule is fantastic. It also explains why tracks officials seemed so quiet after the news that the Grand Am series wouldn't return this year.

Anyway, with the Baltimore GP Labor Day weekend and VIR two weeks after that, September is looking to be an awesome month. :D
 

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Toyota TS030 HYBRID

2 cars for Le Mans, racing debut at Spa 6 Hours in May. Hybrid system can drive either front or rear axles right now, they'll have to decide on one before the first race, energy storage through supercapacitors. Brand-new 3.4 l V8 engine, not the RV8KLM that's used in Super GT, Formula Nippon and as a customer Toyota engine in LMP1 by Rebellion Racing (who will continue with their Toyota-powered Lolas).
 

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Deadline for WEC and Le Mans entries has been extended to Jan 30, announcement is still Feb 2. Rumours now point towards Peugeot Sport trying to go against the Peugeot boardroom decision and attempting to place some 908s in the hands of private teams.
 

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Le Mans and WEC entry lists to be announced later today (4pm CET as far as I'm aware).

Meanwhile, it seems as if Pescarolo will run at Le Mans, of all things... a Dome S102. :D
 

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Didn't get to watch the 24 hours until just now (DVR problems).
This comment from Tommy Kendall cracked me up:
 

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Am I right in thinking the #99 AMR GTE-Am car is the Young Driver squad from FIA GT?
Maybe, maybe not, Nygaard was with them in 2010 but they dumped him for this year and he raced for a few rounds for the second-string Ford team. Suspicion is that this car may be a ELMS entry for the rest of the season.
 
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