The Season 9 entry list for the FIA World Endurance Championship has been unveiled featuring 33 entries across the four different categories.
The new Le Mans Hypercar category replaces the former LMP1 class and features Toyota GAZOO Racing and Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus each with two entries.
ByKolles Racing are not mentioned on the list, therefore unlikely to race this year.
Alpine Elf Matmut will also compete amongst in the LMH class with an ex-Rebellion R13 LMP1 entry, rebadged as an Alpine A480 Gibson.
The 2022 WEC narrative expects to see Peugeot arriving to the WEC with their LMH.
The LMP2 category has a WEC record of 11 full-season entries (excluding the Le Mans round) following the introduction of a Pro-Am sub-category to encourage more teams to enter the world championship.
Such teams like the all-female crew of Richard Mille Racing have come from a rookie ELMS campaign to debut into the WEC.
Dragonspeed made one of the early announcements entailing a full-time return to the WEC with three-time Daytona 24 Hours winner and two-time Indy 500 champion Juan Pablo Montoya amongst their driver lineup.
At the 24 Hours of Le Mans later on June 12/13, Corvette are expected to bring two C8Rs for the first time after missing out on last year’s race.
WeatherTech Racing may also return with another Ferrari 488 GTE Evo like last year.
The GTE-Am category features 13 cars including the two familiar AF Corse cars #54 and the reigning champions #83.
Another all-female crew in the form of the Iron Lynx squad are also entering the WEC.
Click here to see the Season 9/2021 provisional entry list in its entirety.
The championship is set to kick off at the 1000 Miles of Sebring on March 19, but whether it will take place has been in doubt due to the risks the global pandemic proses concerning travel for teams.