FIA WORLD ENDURANCE
ESM GUNS FOR P2 GLORY
Crack TUDOR Championship squad Extreme
Speed Motorsports brings its HPD ARX-03b
to play in P2 at Co TA, with Scott Sharp, Ryan
Dalziel and Ed Brown as the driver lineup.
The AF Corse team, which runs almost a
quarter of the cars that will be on the FIA
WEC grid at Co TA, undertook a massive
logistical task involving seven cars, 40
tons of equipment (that’s not including
those cars) and more than 100 people
to be ready to race in Texas, Sept. 20.
AF team manager Batti Pregliasco is
the man charged with ensuring that
four AF Corse Ferraris (ABOVE), 8Star’s
458 Italia and the two SMP Racing
ORECA-Nissan LMP2s made it to Co TA
and then on to the final four WEC rounds.
Five of the cars were transported by
sea freight in a package organized by
the WEC’s transportation partner, DHL.
The other two – the No. 51 GTE Pro
Ferrari and No. 71 GTE Am entry – left
on a Boeing 747 freighter in early
September bound straight for Austin.
They’d remained in Europe for testing
purposes and to undergo repairs after
an accident at Le Mans, respectively.
After the Co TA race, the entire WEC
grid will be flown to Japan for the Oct. 12
Fuji race in four 747s. A mixture of air
and sea freight is then used to transport
the cars to the remaining races.
“DHL does a great job,” says Pregliasco.
“But the unexpected can sometimes
happen. In 2013, our equipment arrived
in Bahrain a week before the race, but it
rained in the desert and everything was
full of water when we arrived.”
WEC on the move... A total of 60 sea
containers carrying cars and equipment
left the port of Antwerp, Belgium, headed
for Houston, Texas, at the end of July.
SHIPPING THE SHOW
LOTUS LET LOOSE
WEC ON THE ROAD
After an impressive, but ultimately
frustrating debut for its new C7.R at the
24 Hours of Le Mans, Corvette Racing is set
to battle the WEC’s GTE Pro class big guns
once again – this time on its home turf at
the 6 Hours of Circuit of The Americas.
The team fell just short of its eighth GT
class win at La Sarthe in June, finishing
second to AF Corse’s No. 51 Ferrari 458
Italia after niggling new-car problems and
an epic fightback during the early hours.
But Tommy Milner and Jordan and
Ricky Taylor will be looking to go one
better when their solo C7.R goes up
against two-car entries from Aston
Martin, Porsche and AF Corse at Co TA.
U.S.-based Krohn Racing also returns
to the WEC to take on the seven GTE Am
regular entries heading to the Lone Star
State. Texan Tracy Krohn shares the 458
Italia with Nic Jonsson and Ben Collins.
LOCAL HEROES vS. THE WORLD
Corvette Racing to take on the GTE Pro regulars in Texas
Not lacking in experience, but with an
average age of just 25, Tommy Milner and
Jordan and Ricky Taylor are the youngest
combo ever to race a factory Corvette.
The WEC’s LMP1-L class for non-hybrid
privateer entries is set for a significant
boost with the debut of the new Lotus
P1/01(RIGHT) at the 6 Hours of Circuit of
The Americas. The AER V6 turbo-powered
machine, driven by Christophe Bouchut,
James Rossiter and a yet-to-be-named
third driver, will take on Rebellion Racing’s
Toyota-powered R-Ones. Both teams are
looking to make ground on the factory
LMP1-H cars, thanks to a post- 24 Hours
of Le Mans weight reduction for P1-Ls.