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The provisional entry list for the 8 Hours of Portimão showcases 33 competitors including the debuting Glickenhaus Racing outfit in the Hypercar category.

The 8 Hours of Portimão on June 13 will be the second stop on a six-round global tour on the Season 9 schedule, after the Prologue and 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps last month.

The list includes the expected Le Mans Hypercar entries, with two from Toyota GAZOO Racing, Alpine Elf Matmut with their one A480 Gibson, and FIA WEC debutants Glickenhaus Racing.

The American outfit confirmed their Portimão driver crew last week and will bring the #708 sister car at the following round at Monza. Until then, their SCG 007 LMH will debut as the championship’s second all-new Le Mans Hypercar.

Briscoe, Dumas and Westbrook confirmed for Glickenhaus debut at 8H Portimão

LMP2 is largely similar to the previous line-up at Spa with 11 class entries and 5 Pro/Am competing teams.

This includes the #44 ARC Bratislava who were unable to make their championship debut at the opener due to a fuel cell leak and other mechanical issues.

They were forced to pit at the end of the formation lap and will once again bring the WEC’s only full-time Ligier JSP217 amongst a dominated field of Oreca 07s.

A couple of driver changes have been made due to other sportscar commitments with LMP2 championship leader Filipe Albuquerque and the #34 of Renger Van Der Zande.

Both drivers have respective DPi commitments in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship that clash with the WEC.

Reigning LMP2-class Le Mans winner Paul Di Resta will take his spot in the #22 United Autosports USA and F2 star Louis Delétraz in the #34 Euro Interpol Competition.

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Just the two GTE-Pro works teams of Porsche and AF Corse (Ferrari) will race in Portugal with Corvette Racing’s WEC cameo for Spa until Le Mans in August.

As confirmed earlier in the year, the German outfit will have a trio driver crew for their eight-hour race with Michael Christensen in the #92 and Frederic Makalowski in the #91.

In a 13-car field of GTE-Am, Kessel Racing make their full WEC debut after notable campaigns in the ELMS and other GT championships. Drivers Takeshi Kimura, Mikkel Jensen and David Fumanelli will take the wheel.

After Team Project 1’s difficulties at Spa where both of their cars were heavily damaged after crashing at the Prologue and the qualifying session, they return with two repaired Porsche 911 RSR-19s.

See here for the full provisional entry list.

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