After both LMP classes, let's take a quick look at the GTE classes in the 2016 World Endurance Championship. 2016 marks the return of Ford into endurance racing and the introduction of the brand new, turbo engined Ferrari 488.
Not only Ford will enter a completely new car, with the arrival of the turbo charged Ferrari 488 GTE, AF Corse also has a new weapon to tackle the GTE class. The #51 car will be driven by Gianmari Bruni who will be joined by James Calado, making the switch from the #71 car. Sam Bird, who won the 2015 LMP2 championship with G-Drive Racing has been recruted by Ferrari as factory driver and will race in the #71 together with Davide Rigon.
No official Porsche team this year in GTE, as they are focussing on the development of the new 911 RSR which will make its debut in 2017. Dempsey-Proton Racing will however field a 911 RSR for Richard Lietz, and will have Porsche factory support during the season.
#51 AF Corse - Ferrari 488 GTE - Bruni/Calado
#66 Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK - Ford GT - Franchitti/Mücke
#67 Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK - Ford GT - Pla/Priaulx
#71 AF Corse - Ferrari 458 GTE - Rigon/Bird
#77 Dempsey-Proton Racing - Porsche 911 RSR (2016) - Lietz
#95 Aston Martin Racing - Aston Martin V8 Vantage - Turner/Thiim/Sorensen
#97 Aston Martin Racing - Aston Martin V8 Vantage - Stanaway/Adam/Rees
A very competitive field, but we're still missing the Corvettes in the World Endurance Championship. Having the Corvettes in this class would be a true showcase of the best GT teams racing around the world. Larbre has been working on an entry in GTE-Pro this year, but at the end it didn't come together.
In GTE-Am we're about to see e a battle between 4 constructors with Corvette, Ferrari, Porsche and Aston Martin at the start.
Aston Martin Racing provides one V8 Vantage for Paul Dalla Lana who teams up again with Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda.
AF Corse returns to the Am category with the #83 Ferrari 458 Italia, driven by the same drivers as last year : Francois Perrodo, Emmanuel Collard and Riu Aguas.
#50 Larbre Competition - Corvette C7 - Ragues/Ruberti/Yamagishi
#78 KCMG - Porsche 911 RSR - Ried
#83 AF Corse - Ferrari 458 Italia - Perrodo/Collard/Aguas
#86 Gulf Racing - Porsche 911 RSR - Wainwright/Caroll/Barker
#88 Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing - Porsche 911 RSR - Al Qubaisi/Henemeier Hansen/Long
#98 Aston Martin Racing - Aston Martin V8 Vantage - Dalla Lana/Lamy/Lauda