Road to Le Mans starts at Silverstone

Brackley's Anthony Davidson is the reigning World Endurance champion

Brackley's Anthony Davidson is the reigning World Endurance champion

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The FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) starts another exciting season of endurance racing at the home of British motor racing with the 6-Hours of Silverstone this weekend.

Organised by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest on behalf of the FIA, the WEC is a global series for sports prototype and GT cars that includes the world famous Le Mans 24-Hours race.

Brackley’s Anthony Davidson is the reigning World Endurance Champion, and he returns for the 2015 season to defend his crown with the Japanese Toyota squad.

Sunday’s WEC event will also see manufacturer prototype entries from Audi and Porsche, and these cars will battle for overall victory. Audi are the reigning Le Mans champions, while Porsche scored victory in the final race of the 2014 season.

The 6-Hours of Silverstone race also caters for LMP2 prototypes, and it is in this division that Whittlebury’s Strakka Racing will field their Strakka Dome-S103. As reported recently, the local team impressed during pre-season testing, and arrive at their home track with high hopes for a good performance.

One driver who will be absent this weekend though is Marc Gene. The former Buckingham University student should have been racing for Nissan in a Nissan GTR-LM, but due to technical problems, the car is not yet ready to race. Gene and the Nissan team will now not appear in the WEC until Le Mans in June.

Gene said this week: “It is disappointing to miss the first two races, Silverstone in particular. I have many friends near Silverstone and it is always good to race at a track I think of as my second home.”

The European Le Mans Series (ELMS) also starts at Silverstone this weekend. This race will last for a duration of four hours, and will take place on Saturday.

Brackley’s Murphy Prototypes will compete with their Oreca 03-Nissan, while three-time Walter Hayes Trophy winner, Joey Foster, returns to top-flight international Sportscar racing for the first time in a number of years at the wheel of a Ginetta LMP3 for Lanan Racing.