WEC 2024: A stellar cast

19 Hypercars, 18 GT3s, several Spanish drivers and a championship that promises to be spectacular in its eight rounds

Next March, the 2024 season of the World Endurance Championship will start in Losail, one for which there is great expectation after the success of 2023, a category that is clearly booming with the current Hypercar regulations that now welcome many manufacturers. Not only that, but by adopting the GT3 regulations (in exchange, yes, for both the LMP2 of private teams and the LMGTE that have worked so well at the show level in these years) there will also be up to nine different manufacturers in the second division. In total, fourteen manufacturers will meet this year in a World Endurance Championship that promises to give beautiful battles both between the prototypes of the main class, both between the Hypercar LMH and LMDh and between the different LMGT3.

In total there will be 37 cars that will run the full season, made up of eight tests instead of seven as it was in 2023. The season will start at the Losail circuit, passing through Imola and Spa-Francorchamps before reaching the one that one more year It will be the jewel in the crown: the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In the case of Le Mans, the grid will be expanded as an exception so that it is expected that, as every year, there will be 56 participants in the great race held in La Sarthe. The second half of the season, after the summer, will take place with tests outside Europe: Interlagos, Circuit of the Americas in Texas, Fuji and Bahrain, the circuit where the season will end for another year.

Some events will be missed, such as the 6 Hours of Monza or the 6 Hours of Portimao seen in 2023, although in exchange a more globalized, diverse and expanded calendar is obtained by adding an eighth round. The Imola round will be interesting, taking place just a few days before the 30th anniversary of the death of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger in that black Formula 1 San Marino Grand Prix. Although it will be interesting to see the Hypercars racing in the Lone Star Le Mans, Sebring will be missed on the calendar, running both the World Endurance Championship and the IMSA in a joint event. An IMSA that starts the year in a big way once again with the 24 Hours of Daytona.

Adding to the presence of Toyota, Ferrari, Porsche, Peugeot and Cadillac this year are BMW (after a year of development at IMSA), Lamborghini, Alpine and Isotta Fraschini in Hypercar, leaving Glickenhaus and, through the back door, Vanwall. Among the LMGT3s there will also be Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini, BMW, Aston Martin and Corvette, also joining McLaren, Lexus and Ford with their new Ford Mustang GT3 that will also be at the IMSA. Mercedes was also close to entering, but was left without a place at the last minute.