Watts signs up for global series

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MOTORSPORT: Thornborough’s Danny Watts will be present at the Autosport International Racing Car Show at the NEC in Birmingham today, Friday, to talk about the new FIA World Endurance Championship, write Colin and James Beckett.

Watts has signed to race in the global series, sanctioned by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, organisers of the Le Mans 24-Hour Race, to drive a P1 prototype for the Whittlebury-based Strakka Racing. The local racer will line up this season in the team’s Honda-powered car alongside team owner Nick Leventis and Ulsterman Jonny Kane.

The FIA World Endurance Championship will bring together the best endurance racing teams for a series of long distance races that will include the Sebring 12-Hour Race in Florida, the Le Mans 24-Hour Race and the Silverstone 1000km among others.

Manufacturer entries set to participate in the series include Audi, Peugeot and Toyota.

Watts said this week ahead of his visit to the NEC: “The World Endurance Championship is a very exciting concept. It will be an amazing season of races and I am really looking forward to it. Le Mans will obviously be the highlight for everyone and it is a race I love.”

>>Marc Gene will drive for Peugeot in the WEC and said: “Peugeot are preparing for the first test of 2012 and that should happen at the end of January.

“A press launch will take place in Paris during February to formally announce the Peugeot Sport programme. 2012 will be another strong season for endurance racing and it will be interesting to see how the category develops under the FIA banner.”

> Silverstone’s Alan Docking Racing are also on the verge of announcing a World Endurance Championship programme.