Spa Grid Reaches 42 Car Maximum Capacity

The grid for the WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps on the 5th May will be at maximum capacity, with 42 cars entered for the second event of the FIA World Endurance Championship. The grid will include 27 prototypes and 15 GT cars for the final showdown before the 24 Heures du Mans on June 16/17.

The Belgian race will mark the competitive debut of the new breed of hybrid prototypes, with Audi racing the R18 e-tron quattro for the first time. However the much anticipated debut of the new Toyota TS030 has been delayed until the 24 Heures du Mans in June following a crash at Paul Ricard last week. The incident took place during a 30 hours endurance test and while driver Nicolas Lapierre was unhurt, the car was badly damaged.

“This is a fantastic grid for only the second race in the FIA World Endurance Championship,” said ACO President Jean-Claude Plassart. “With 27 LMP1 and LMP2 and 15 GT entries, the WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps promises to be a great race to watch and we are sure the event will be a good preview for the 24 Heures du Mans in June. We actually received more than 42 enquiries for Spa but the maximum of cars that can be accommodated for this race is determined by the pitlane capacity.

“While it is disappointing for everyone concerned, we fully support Toyota’s decision to withdraw their car for Spa following the unfortunate accident at Le Castellet last week in which the TS030 monocoque was damaged. We have to remember this is a brand new project and Toyota was originally not intending to be a full WEC entrant. The company have done a fantastic job to expand their plans and with six of the eight rounds counting for the World Championship, Toyota can still take the fight to Audi.”

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9 Comments on Spa Grid Reaches 42 Car Maximum Capacity

  1. Why isnt something like this listed under the Entry List category? The section hasnt been updated in many months.

  2. Pitlane capacity?
    The reasoning behind this is unclear. They just didn’t want to use the endurance pitlane during the race.

  3. they’re trying to make the WEC races stand alone events, part of the reason why the ACO bought the rights to Sebring from Panoz

  4. Louis,Panoz paid $ 8m for Road Atlanta,now bailing out of racing, asking over the TOP price of $40m. At this price it will be another tacky yuppie housing project when the market turns in 3-5 years. How did Panoz get an 80 year lease from the Sebring Airport Authority ? Hopefully SKIP BARBER and a group of businessmen / racers will purchase Sebring. TV coverage sucks with this greedy ALMS Group. Watch ALMS special that runs on Bloomberg TV, hyping for a sale.

  5. 42 is the limit for the F1 pits, apparently the old pits aren’t considered upto the job. Yes it would be nice to have as many cars as possible, but what we really want is competitive racing throughout the classes with quality teams and drivers. A few years back the LMS had huge grids but a decent proportion of the grid where field fillers, the ALMS has led the way showing quality over quantity delivers the best racing.

  6. Thanks Neil.

    Strong LMP1 field despite the lack of Toyota. It would have been so much better this year if Audi was made to give their cars to a privateer team and leave it at that, but the best-of-the-rest should still be interesting. Tons of variety in LMP2 will be great. GTE is getting to be a bit pointless. Give it time and it will be just like old GT1

  7. A quick question about European GT Racing From a Dummy ! Can some one explain to me WHAT the DIFFERENCES are between :
    Bob Baldwin :

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