Ogier to make WEC debut as line-ups finalised

A number of teams up and down the WEC grid have confirmed their driver line-ups for the 2022 season. WRC star Sébastien Ogier joins the LMP2, while Formula E driver Nick Cassidy will make his WEC debut in GTE Am.

Ogier joins Richard Mille Racing

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Richard Mille Racing have secured a major coup, recruiting eight-time World Rally Champion Sébastien Ogier for its full-season effort. The Frenchman will join Charles Milesi in the #1 Oreca 07, who won the LMP2 drivers’ championship with Team WRT in 2021. 

The silver driver in the #1 Richard Mille Racing effort is Lilou Wadoux, a young Frenchwoman who has made waves in the domestic racing scene. The highly rated 20-year-old finished third in last year’s Alpine Elf Europa Cup.

WRT go big for title defence

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Last season’s teams‘ champions, WRT, have secured some big names for its title defence. Audi factory driver René Rast joins the #31 effort alongside Robin Frijns, who won the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the WEC title with Milesi last season. The silver driver in the #31 is Indonesian Sean Gelael, who finished second in last season LMP2 drivers’ championship.

The second WRT car, run in partnership with Realteam, will feature Frijns’ and Milesi’s teammate in the #31 car last year, Ferdinand Habsburg. The Austrian will be joined by erstwhile LMP1 driver Norman Nato and Portuguese silver-rated driver Rui Andrade.

Fuoco and Cassidy new in at Ferrari

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Antonio Fuoco and Nick Cassidy have landed Ferrari GTE seats for the 2022 season. Fuoco, who last season competed with Cetilar Racing in GTE Am, has slotted in alongside Miguel Molina in the #52 AF Corse Ferrari.

Nick Cassidy, who in 2019 became one of only a handful of drivers to win both the Japanese Super GT and Super Formula titles, will supplement his full-season Formula E campaign with a GTE Am drive for 2022. The New Zealander will join up with Francesco Castellacci and Thomas Flohr in the #54 AF Corse effort.

Project 1 partner with Inception Racing

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Project 1 have linked up with Inception Racing for one of their two full-season entries for the 2022 season. Brits Ollie Millroy and Ben Barnicoat will handle the driving duties behind the wheel of the #46 Porsche 911-RSR. Joining them will be bronze driver (and Oculus co-founder) Brendan Iribe.

The driver line-ups confirmed so far for the first round of the season, the 1000 Miles of Sebring, can be found here.