More changes in the world of motorsport have been revealed this week, as the FIA World Endurance Championship have recently published a twenty-five car entry list for the 2019/2020 season finale scheduled to take place in Bahrain this November.
This brings the first smallest grid in the history of the series over the last eight years and the smallest ever entry list for Bahrain. The lowest entry list that the World Endurance Championship has ever presented to the grid was twenty-six cars, which happened for the second half of 2017. We then witnessed a jump in the entry list numbers, reaching into the mid-thirties for the super season on 2019 and 2020! This particular season engaged thirty-one cars at the commencement of the 2019/2020 campaign at Silverstone and comfortably managed a thirty car grid for every other season to follow up until now.
The Rebellion Racing also made a decision to reduce the LMP1 division down to just two vehicles which was also a first. The main reason behind this was simply down to Rebellion Racings decision to skip the scheduled eight hour race. The Swiss outfit had initially entered one of their R-13s for the full season, however Calim Bouhadra (the CEO of Rebellion Racing) advised that the late cancellation of the Sebring 1000 Miles back in March had forced the replacement Bahrain race to be financially flawed. This along with the smallest ever entry list for Bahrain meant that the LMP2 division was reduced to just seven cars after the Class Racing departure – fielding an independent Oreca 07 this season for Kenta Yamashita from Toyota, Mark Patterson and Anders Fjordbach. Due to this change, it opened up a vacancy for Yamashita to take part in the Super Formula race scheduled to take place at Autopolis, which Toyota LMP1 drivers Kazuki Nakajima and Kamui Kobayasi will inevitably miss out on.
Thankfully the once off entries for the Algarve Pro Racing and Eurasia Motorsport have seen a temporary boost in entry list numbers at Spa, where the class will see 10 cars in total. Although Bahrain will see a lot of moving about, the GTE Pro will remain at six cars in total, made up of two of each from Porsche, Aston Martin and of course Ferrari. Bahrain will see some absent numbers than ever before, however we can be sure to still anticipate more room for exceptional racing in a broad calibre of vehicles.
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