A look ahead to the 2019/2020 Prologue

The provisional entry list for the FIA World Endurance Championship's pre-season Prologue Test at Barcelona has been released this week. Initially the entry list unveiled 30 cars to take part in the 16 hours of track time over two days of running following the European Le Mans Series 4H Barcelona which takes place this coming weekend.

LMP1 will see six entries taking part in the pre-season test at Circuit Catalunya with Toyota Gazoo Racing bringing the full 2019-2020 line-up featuring Brendon Hartley who steps in to replace Fernando Alonso in the #8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid. Frenchman Thomas Laurent is a late addition to the #7 Toyota ahead of the test. Rebellion are yet to confirm who will be taking part in the test but both cars will be present in Barcelona, however, they will only run one car for the season. Team regulars Bruno Senna, Gustavo Menezes and Nathanael Berthon are expected to drive along with several newcomer at the Barcelona test. with Team LNT bringing Charlie Robertson and Michael Simpson to test the Ginetta G60-LT-P1 AER. SMP Racing have recently withdrawn from the championship reducing the LMP1 class to just six entries.

There will be four new teams entered in LMP2, United Autosport, High Class Racing, Cool Racing and Cetilar Racing have all stepped up to the WEC from the European Le Mans Series. Cetilar Racing will run the Dallara P217 Gibson with Andrea Belicchi, Roberto Lacorte and Giorgio Sernagiotto taking the wheel. High Class Racing will run with Mark Patterson, Anders Fjordbach and Kenta Yamashita. Cool Racing will also run the Dallara with Nicolas Lapierre, Antonin Borga and Alexandre Coigny. United Autosport will run regular drivers, Philip Hanson, Filipe Albuquerque and Paul Di Resta for the test in the Oreca 07. Anthony Davidson, Pastor Maldonado and Robert Gonzalez have made the switch from DragonSpeed to Jota Sport. Signatech Alpine, Jackie Chan DC Racing and Racing Team Nederland will also run at the Prologue, each team fielding the Oreca 07. The #36 car will feature Andre Negrao, Thomas Laurent and Pierre Ragues for the 2019/2020 season. Jackie Chan DC Racing have confirmed the addition of Will Stevens to the confirmed pairing of Ho-Pin Tung and Gabriel Aubry.

Five cars will run in LMGTE Pro, two Ferrari 488 GTE Evo's run by AF Corse, two Porsche 911 RSR-19 cars and one Aston Martin Vantage. Ferrari return with James Calado, Alessandro Pier Guidi and Davide Rigon, the fourth seat usually occupied by Sam Bird, will be occupied by Miguel Molina. Porsche have entered Gianmaria Bruni, Richard Lietz, Michael Christensen and Kevin Estre for the 2 day test.

LMGTE Am expands for the 2019/2020 season, with Red River Sport joining the series in partnership with Spirit of Race in the Ferrari 488 GTE EVo, Bonamy Grimes, Charlie Hollings and Johnny Mowlem listed to drive the car. Team Project 1 expand to a two car line up with Egidio Perfetti, Patrick Lindsey and David Heinemeier Hansson the three named drivers so far.

AF Corse have entered two 488 GTE Evo's in the class with Thomas Flohr, France Castellacci, and Giancarlo Fisichella set to take the wheel of the #54 car whilst Francois Perrodo, Emmanuel Collard and Nicklas Nielsen entered in the #83 car. Regular LMGTE Am entries Aston Martin Racing, Gulf Racing and MR Racing will also take part in the Barcelona test. The #86 Gulf Porsche will be driven by Mike Wainwright, Andrew Watson and Nico Bastian. Jonny Adam returns to the #90 TF Sport Aston Martin, absent of Salih Yoluc and Euan Hankey who will both be taking part in the Spa 24 Hours. Paul Dalla Lana and Mathias Lauda return in the #98 Aston Martin but will be joined by Darren Turner, Ross Gunn and Matthieu Vaxiviere for the test.

There are still a large number of seats to fill ahead of the test, with drivers to be announced in the coming days.