Provisional entry list out for post-season FIA WEC rookie test


The provisional entry list for the end-of-season FIA World Endurance Championship rookie test has been issued ahead of the running in Bahrain later this month.

On November 20, one day after the last race of the year in Bahrain, 15 cars will stay on at the Bahrain International Circuit to complete test running.

It was announced last month that the series promoter had selected GP2 driver Antonio Giovinazzi to join up-and-coming WEC stars Pipo Derani and Gustavo Menezes in testing an LMP1 car in Bahrain.

Today’s entry list confirms that American racer Menezes will test the Porsche 919 Hybrid, while Derani is set to test with Toyota, but Giovinazzi’s name is absent after the Italian chose to prioritize his preparation for the GP2 title decider in Abu Dhabi on November 27.

Despite announcing last week that it would be withdrawing from WEC at the end of the year, Audi will take part in the test as planned, with Paul-Loup Chatin stepping in for Giovinazzi at the German marque.

In LMP2, Indy Lights driver Felix Serralles will test with G-Drive Racing alongside British racer Tom Jackson, while Pro Mazda Championship entrants Patricio O’Ward and William Owen will test for RGR Sport by Morand.

Aston Martin is the only team in GTE Pro to have confirmed its plans for the test. GP2 drivers Alex Lynn and Jordan King will get time behind the wheel of the Vantage V8 car, as will GP3’s Matt Parry and British GT driver Ross Gunn.

You can see the full entry list by clicking here.