Entry list unveiled for Silverstone opener

Marc Gene at speed in the Nissan GTR-LM during tests in the United States last week
Marc Gene at speed in the Nissan GTR-LM during tests in the United States last week

The opening round of the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at Silverstone on April 12 will be contested by 33 cars it has been announced by the race organising Automobile Club de l’Ouest.

A huge entry of the world’s leading Prototype and GT cars will take to the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit for the 6-Hours of Silverstone, a race that will see the winner awarded with the prestigious Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy.

It has been confirmed that Marc Gene will drive the number 23 Nisssan GTR-LM with former Grand Prix driver, Max Chilton, and Welsh GT rising star, Jann Mardenborough joining him in the car’s line-up.

Gene has won the 6-Hours of Silverstone previously for Peugeot, when the race was titled the British Empire Trophy.

He said this week: “The first race of the season is always very important. It is a great entry overall and before we all head to Silverstone we have to go to France to take part in the pre-season test at Paul Ricard.”

The second Nissan entered in the race will be driven by Olivier Pla, Harry Tincknell and Michael Krumm.

Factory prototype entries will also line-up at Silverstone courtesy of Toyota, Audi and Porsche.

Brackley’s Anthony Davidson, the reigning FIA WEC champion, has been listed to drive the number 1 Toyota TS-040 Hybrid with Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima.

Also entered are Whittlebury’s Strakka Racing. Their LMP2-specification Strakka Dome S103-Nissan will carry the number 42 and be driven by Jonny Kane, Stowe’s Nick Leventis and Thornborough’s Danny Watts. CB/JB