FIA World Endurance Championship returns to UK soil for 6 hours of Silverstone

The FIA World Endurance Championship continues is 2018-2019 Super Season this weekend (August 17/18/19), hitting British shores for the third round of the season – the 6 Hours of Silverstone.

Having not been in action since Le Mans in late June, the series is set to burst back into action with 34 competitors primed and ready to duke it out around the iconic Northamptonshire venue.

For the second season in succession the British Automobile Racing Club will play a pivotal role in the organisational side of the event, appointing officials and marshals, as well as ensuring the three-day meeting runs as smoothly as possible.

Leading the entry list are two Formula 1 World Champions in the shape of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button. Only recently confirming that he will step away from F1 next year, Alonso is set to be the talk of the town as he bids to score another victory for Toyota Gazoo Racing.

Alongside team-mate’s Sebastian Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima, the Spaniard has enjoyed a stellar start to his endurance career after scoring two wins from two races, and he will have his sights set on making it a hat-trick at Silverstone.

The immediate fight will be taken to them by the sister Toyota TS050 Hybrid squad of Britain’s Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez, all of whom should provide stiff competition for the series leaders.

Button heads up the privateer SMP Racing squad and as he prepares to compete at his home race for the first time since 2016, the Somerset-born driver is set to receive a rousing reception from the thousands of British fans that are set to pour through the gates.

Oliver Webb will also be one to watch in the LMP1 class as he pilots the ENSO CLM P1/01 Nismo with Rene Binder.

There will also be a welcome return for fellow Brit and former champion Anthony Davidson, as he joins the LMP2 ranks to partner Roberto Gonzalez and Pastor Maldonado in the No. 31 DragonSpeed ORECA 07 Gibson.

Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell, James Calado, Sam Bird and Alex Lynn will all fly the flag on home soil in the LMGTE Pro category whilst the star-studded entry list continues in the remaining classes too.

On top of the FIA World Endurance Championship 6 Hours of Silverstone race there will also be action from the European Le Mans Series and FIA F3, both of which are bursting with driver talent and expected to deliver edge-of-the-seat thrills.