WEC grid continues to shape up ahead of Paul Ricard Prologue

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The field for the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship is continuing to shape up ahead of the collective pre-season ‘prologue’ test at Paul Ricard later this month following a series of announcements in the LMP2 class.

The WEC paddock will come together for the first time in 2016 at Paul Ricard on March 25 and 26 for five sessions of running ahead of the opening race of the year at Silverstone on April 17.

Here’s a run-down of the recent WEC news as the countdown to the beginning of the new season continues.

CANAL JOINS GREAVES MOTORSPORT FOR ELMS, LE MANS

Defending LMP2 WEC champion Julien Canal has moved from G-Drive to Greaves Motorsport for the 2016 European Le Mans Series campaign.

Canal won the LMP2 title last year alongside Sam Bird and Roman Rusinov, but will not defend it this year after his move into ELMS. However, he will still race at Le Mans alongside Memo Rojas.

RENE RAST IN AT G-DRIVE

Following Canal’s move to Greaves and Bird’s switch to AF Corse in GTE Pro, G-Drive announced earlier this week that Audi driver Rene Rast would be joining its line-up for the full WEC season.

Rast enjoyed an impressive outing in the third Audi LMP1 car at Le Mans last year, but the German marque has cut back to two entries for 2016. Rast joins Nathanael Berthon and Rusinov in the no. 26 entry.

RICHELMI TO MAKE WEC DEBUT WITH SIGNATECH ALPINE

Former GP2 driver Stephane Richelmi will make his debut in the FIA WEC this year with Signatech Alpine after the French team completed its line-up for 2016.

Richelmi left single-seaters at the end of 2014 and spent much of last year racing in the Blancpain GT Series, but will now move into endurance racing full-time.

The Monegasque racer will race alongside Nicolas Lapierre and Gustavo Menezes in the no. 36 entry this year, while the outgoing Nelson Panciatici has moved to the no. 35 DC Racing team.

ENTRY LIST SET FOR PAUL RICARD PROLOGUE

The entry list for the pre-season Prologue at Paul Ricard has been released by the FIA, featuring 29 of the 32 cars signed up for the full WEC season.

Audi and Toyota are both only taking one LMP1 car to Paul Ricard, while Aston Martin Racing is doing the same in GTE Pro with its Vantage car.

“The Prologue has now become an established part of the WEC calendar and is greatly anticipated by both media and fans alike,” series CEO Gerard Neveu said.

“Our manufacturer partners and teams take this opportunity to reveal their 2016 cars to a growing number of international media each year, and of course it is the first chance for all the competitors to test themselves against their rivals.

“For fans in France and beyond it is a fantastic event, with an open paddock, autograph session and pit walk on Saturday. The friendly and open spirit of the WEC begins here at The Prologue and we welcome everyone.”

You can see the full entry list here.

Saturday’s Supercross Round 5 in Houston: How to watch, start times, streaming info

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The championship race has tightened up as the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series heads to NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, for Round 5 of the 2023 season.

With his 450 victory in the Anaheim Triple Crown, Chase Sexton has moved within four points of two-time and defending series champion Eli Tomac.

Jason Anderson is coming off a second place in Anaheim after crashing out of the first two rounds while racing in the top five. Ken Roczen earned his first podium last week since the 2022 season opener and the first for Suzuki since Chad Reed at Detroit in 2019.

Here are the pertinent details for watching Round 5 of the 2023 Supercross schedule at NRG Stadium in Houston on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023:


(All times are ET)

BROADCAST/STREAMING SCHEDULE: TV coverage of Round 5 will begin Saturday at 8 p.m. ET streaming on Peacock and will re-air Monday, Feb. 6 at 1 a.m. on CNBC. The Race Day Live show (including qualifying) will begin on Peacock at 2:30 p.m. ET.

NBC Sports will have exclusive live coverage of races, qualifiers and heats for the record 31 events in SuperMotocross. The main events will be presented on Peacock, NBC, USA Network, CNBC, and NBC Sports digital platforms.

Peacock will become the home of the SuperMotocross World Championship series in 2023 with live coverage of all races, qualifying, and heats from January to October. There will be 23 races livestreamed exclusively on Peacock, including a SuperMotocross World Championship Playoff event. The platform also will provide on-demand replays of every race.

ENTRY LISTS: 450 division l 250 division

EVENT SCHEDULE (all times ET):

Here are the start times for Saturday, according to the Monster Energy Supercross schedule from the AMA:

2:05-2:15 p.m.: 250SX Group C Qualifying 1
2:20-2:30 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 1
2:35-2:45 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 1
2:50-3 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 1
3:05-3:15 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 1
3:20-3:30 p.m.: 450SX Group C Qualifying 1
4:20-4:30 p.m.: 250SX Group C Qualifying 2
4:35-4:45 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 2
4:50-5 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 2
5:05-5:15 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 2
5:20-5:30 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 2
5:35-5:45 p.m.: 450SX Group C Qualifying 2
8:06 p.m.: 250SX Heat 1
8:20 p.m.: 250SX Heat 2
8:34 p.m.: 450SX Heat 1
8:48 p.m.: 450SX Heat 2
9:22 p.m.: 250SX Last Chance Qualifier
9:33 p.m.: 450SX Last Chance Qualifier
9:53 p.m.: 250SX Main Event
10:27 p.m.: 450SX Main Event

TRACK LAYOUT:

Click here to view the track map

HOW TO WATCH SUPERMOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON IN 2023Full NBC Sports, Peacock schedule

FINAL 2022 STANDINGS: 450 points standings | 250 East points standings250 West points standings


2023 SEASON RECAPS

ROUND 1: Eli Tomac opens title defense with victory

ROUND 2: Oakland postponed by storms

ROUND 3: Tomac holds off Cooper Webb again

ROUND 4: Chase Sexton wins Anaheim Triple Crown


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