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35 cars listed for Prologue test

A total of 35 cars will travel to Paul Ricard next month for the official 2018-19 World Endurance Championship pre-season test.

The entry list features almost all the full-season runners, with the exception of one Rebellion Racing R-13 LMP1 prototype.

Rebellion is expected to take delivery of its first car from French manufacturer ORECA shortly before the Prologue on April 6-7th.

Toyota is set to field both its TS050 Hybrids, although the Japanese manufacturer will be without Kamui Kobayashi, Kazuki Nakajima and two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso.

Both Kobayashi and Nakajima are cup-tied with the opening round of the Super GT series at Okoyama, while Alonso is racing in the Australian Grand Prix with McLaren.

Only one Toyota will participate in the night segment of the 30-hour endurance test, which is being run for the first time this year.

SMP Racing, ByKolles and Rebellion's single car have all registered to take part in the full long-distance run, while Manor has only elected to include its pair of Ginetta LMP1s in the day segment.

In LMP2, all seven full-season cars are listed, including the two Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECAs which will feature three new drivers.

Malaysia's Weiron Tan, who won a round of the Asian Le Mans Series in January, will co-drive one car with compatriot and ex-Formula 2 racer Nabil Jeffri, while 19-year-old GP3 driver Gabriel Aubry is listed in the sister machine.

Former Haas and Sauber F1 driver Esteban Gutierrez has been named in DragonSpeed's LMP2 lineup, but outside reports suggest he is not set to feature in the WEC this year.

The GTE-Pro entry is as expected with 10 cars from five manufacturers, although only Porsche is sending both its cars into the night test.

BMW has an M8 listed and Aston Martin will run one of its new-for-2018 Vantages in the dark, while AF Corse Ferrari and Ford Ganassi have opted to keep their machinery for the day portion.

Four out of the five GTE-Am entrants will join the four Pro runners for the full endurance test, which will be open to the public on Saturday, April 7th.

The WEC is returning the Prologue to Paul Ricard after a year out in 2017, when the championship travelled to Monza for its annual launch weekend.

ENTRY LIST: 2018 WEC Prologue test

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