Reigning LMP2 Teams’ and Drivers’ champions Team WRT will pursue a two-car effort in the 2022 WEC season and has confirmed two drivers.
Team WRT has partnered with the LMP2 Pro/Am Vice Champions to form a second ‘Realteam Racing by WRT’ entry.
Both outfits made their debuts into the World Endurance Championship last year.
WRT entered full-season LMP2 prototypes for the first time as Realteam stepped up from an LMP3 campaign in the 2020 European Le Mans Series and Road To Le Mans.
Esteban Garcia, Owner of Realteam Racing spoke positively about the new partnership as he will step back after a gentlemen driver role last year.
Team WRT CEO Vincent Vosse described him as “a real enthusiast about racing”.
One driver from each of the #31 and the #41 Oreca 07 Gibsons has been named and more will be confirmed in due course.
Sean Gelael, who previously competed with JOTA last year, will drive in the #31 for his second year in the championship.
Sean Gelael: “I am super excited to join Team WRT, with all their history and after such an amazing debut in sportscars where they clean-swept everything.
“I hope I can contribute this season to winning the title again, it’s my goal as well, after having come so close in fighting against Team WRT last year… I know their passion and I am very happy to be with Vincent [Vosse] and his boys.
“Work starts now, so let’s get to it.”
The 25-year-old finished a runner-up in the LMP2 standings and at his 24 Hours of Le Mans debut alongside teammates Stoffel Vandoorne and Tom Blomqvist.
In the #41, Rui Andrade from Angola will debut into the WEC.
The 22-year-old has driven in LMP2 last year through the Asian and European Le Mans Series, following his F4 and F3-based Euroformula Open campaigns.
He finished third in the Asian LMS standings, won the Pro/Am category in the ELMS, and took part in his first Le Mans 24 Hours.
Andrade said: “Stepping up to World Championship level has been a dream of mine and what better way to do it than joining the reigning LMP2 Champions and Le Mans winners.
“I am proud to represent my home country, Angola, at the highest level of sports car racing and I am grateful to my sponsors Sonangol and Banco BAI for their continued support.”