AF Corse to return to LMP2 in 2019/20 WEC

The AF Corse team that runs Ferrari's factory GT effort will return to the prototype ranks in next season's FIA World Endurance Championship. 

AF Corse to return to LMP2 in 2019/20 WEC

The Italian squad's customer division will field an LMP2 Dallara P217 from September's championship opener at Silverstone under banner of Cetilar Racing, which announced its plans to move up from the European Le Mans Series to the WEC earlier this year

It will be the first time that AF has run a prototype in the WEC since 2014 when it entered a pair of Oreca 03-Nissans under the SMP Racing banner and won the title with Sergey Zlobin (below).

#27 SMP Racing Oreca 03R - Nissan: Sergey Zlobin, Nicolas Minassian, Maurizio Mediani

#27 SMP Racing Oreca 03R - Nissan: Sergey Zlobin, Nicolas Minassian, Maurizio Mediani

Photo by: James Holland

The team will take its name from the Cetilar brand of Italian pharmaceuticals company Pharmanutra, which has backed the Villorba Corse squad in the ELMS in 2015-18. 

The car will be driven by sportscar stalwart Andrea Belicchi, Giorgio Sernagiotto and Pharmanutra managing director Roberto Lacorte, who are racing with Villorba Corse in the ELMS this season.

AF sporting director Batti Pregliasco told Motorsport.com: "It is always a good experience for the team to be involved in the prototype side of the WEC and we are always ready to do any kind of motorsport.

"We have put in the entry for Cetilar Racing and we will run a Dallara chassis because our customer wants to run with an Italian manufacturer."

Team Nederland set to team up with TDS

The Racing Team Nederland squad also appears to be set to change the organisation behind its WEC programme for next season. 

Its Dallara has been run by Dayvtec Engineering since it joined the ELMS in 2017, but the team looks sure to switch to the French TDS Racing operation and an Oreca chassis for a continued WEC campaign in 2019/20. 

RTN team manager Mark Koense said: "We have every intent to continue in the WEC and will announce our plans on May 14." 

French amateur driver Francois Perrodo, who backs the TDS Oreca in this season's WEC, said that he is leaning towards ending his stay in LMP2 after two seasons. 

He said that he had not made a final decision and didn't rule out a return to the GTE Am ranks in which he competed full-time in 2014-16.

#28 TDS Racing Oreca 07: Francois Perrodo, Matthieu Vaxiviere, Norman Nato

#28 TDS Racing Oreca 07: Francois Perrodo, Matthieu Vaxiviere, Norman Nato

Photo by: Paul Foster

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