FIA WEC: 2018-19 SuperSeason Photo Gallery

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Toyota produces a dominant display in the 2018-19 FIA WEC SuperSeason, which included consecutive wins in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet

After a two-month break, the new season of the FIA World Endurance Championship kicks-off this weekend at Silverstone.

Because of this, Rick Kiewiet has kindly shared some of his photos from the 2018-19 SuperSeason for you to enjoy.

Pre-Season Prologue: Paul Ricard

The FIA WEC lineup at Paul Ricard ahead of the 2018-19 SuperSeason. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
As the lone factory team in LMP1, Toyota were strong favourites heading into the first race at Spa-Francorchamps. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
Having claimed the LMP2 title in 2017, Rebellion Racing made its long-awaited return to LMP1 for the 2018-19 FIA WEC SuperSeason. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
Manor Motorsport moved up from LMP2 to challenge Toyota. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
SMP Racing also joined the fight for supremacy in LMP1. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
ByKolles managed to overcome their financial problems to add to the privateer numbers alongside Toyota. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
Jackie Chan DC Racing established themselves as fan favourites after their famous double podium at Le Mans in 2017. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
Signatech Alpine fancied their chances of claiming top honours in LMP2. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
Racing Team Nederland made his FIA WEC debut in the 2018-19 SuperSeason. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
Following their withdrawal from LMP1, Porsche’s focus was solely on the LMGTE Pro class. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
AF Corse were the defending champions in LMGTE Pro. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
Aston Martin had reason to be hopeful of success following the introduction of their new Vantage AMR. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
The 2018-19 FIA WEC SuperSeason would the last for the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
BMW Motorsport would also step down from the LMGTE Pro class to focus on its Formula E programme. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
In LMGTE AM, Clearwater Racing were looking to build on a successful 2017 FIA WEC campaign. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
Gulf Racing UK’s famous livery adorns the Porsche 911 RSR. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
The outgoing Aston Martin Vantage GTE and its successor, the Aston Martin Vantage AMR. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
Team Project 1’s Porsche 911 RSR locks up under braking. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
Dempsey-Proton Racing fell short of the LMGTE AM title in 2017. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet

2018 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps

The field makes it way through La Source at the start of the 2018 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet

Toyota on Top Despite Qualifying Setbacks

The opening round of the FIA WEC 2018-19 SuperSeason took place at the famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium.

Manor Motorsport’s start to life in LMP1 suffered a huge blow, as ongoing financial problems meant that they withdrew from the race.

Despite their issues in qualifying, Toyota claimed a comfortable 1-2 finish, with the No.3 Rebellion two laps adrift in third.

The No.1 Rebellion was also disqualified for an excessively worn skid block.

Fernando Alonso takes time to greet some fans in the FIA WEC paddock at Spa-Francorchamps. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
Cash flow issues meant that neither Manor Motorsport cars started at Spa-Francorchamps. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
The No.7 Toyota was excluded from qualifying due to fuel flows issues. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
A collision on Lap 132 resulted in the retirement of the No.17 SMP Racing entry. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
The race-winning No.8 Toyota enters Eau Rouge at Spa-Francorchamps. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet

G-Drive’s Great Start in LMP2

Elsewhere, G-Drive Racing triumphed in LMP2, after Racing Team Nederland’s early progress was hampered by reliability problems.

However, as the team were an invitational entry, they didn’t receive any championship points. The No.38 Jackie Chan DC Racing and the No.36 Signatech Alpine rounded up the podium.

G-Drive Racing started the SuperSeason on top in LMP2. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
Racing Team Nederland led early on, only suffer from several mechanical problems. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet

Ford and Aston Martin set Early Pace in LMGTE

The battle amongst the LMGTE cars intensifies at the top of Raidillon. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet

In LMGTE Pro, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing got the better of the Porsche GT’s in the Arden forest, who were seperated by the No.71 AF Corse.

Aston Martin claimed top honours in LMGTE Am, with TF Sport and Clearwater Racing second and third respectively.

The 2018 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps would prove to be the only victory for the Ford Chip Ganassi Team in LMGTE Pro. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
Harry Tincknell’s wrecked Ford GT at the top of the famous Eau Rouge/Raidillon section. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
Martin Tomczyk and Nick Catsburg were off the pace at Spa-Francorchamps. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
A pit lane collision caused suspension damage to the No.51 AF Corse. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
The new Aston Martin Vantage AMR showed its potential in the Arden forest. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
TF Sport helped Aston Martin to a 1-2 finish in the LMGTE AM class. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
The trio of Sebastien Buemi, Fernando Alonso and Kazuki Nakajima their victory at Spa-Francorchamps. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet

2018 24 Hours of Le Mans

The Toyota’s on the approach to Tetra Rouge during the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet

Toyota Claim Long-Awaited Win at Le Mans

Toyota finally overcame their enduring curse at the Circuit de la Sarthe to achieve their maiden win in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The Japanese manufacturer were in cruise control for the whole event. After being four seconds clear in qualifying, the two Toyotas ran off into the distance.

Unsurprisingly, they finished 1-2 with the No.3 Rebellion 12 laps behind in third place.

The trio of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez finished two laps adrift of the lead Toyota. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
Electrical problems hampered the No.6 Manor Motorsport entry; the team’s only participation of the 2018-19 FIA WEC SuperSeason. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet

Post-Race Drama in LMP2

Initially, Roman Rusinov, Jean-Eric Vergne and Andrea Pizzitola claimed victory in LMP2 for G-Drive Racing.

However, post-race scrutineering revealed that the team and the No.28 TDS Racing had illegally modified their fuel rigs. Consequently, both cars were disqualified.

This promoted the No.36 Signatech Alpine of Nicolas Lapierre, Pierre Thiriet and Andre Negrao into first place.

The No.36 Signatech Alpine enters the Porsche Curves. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
The No.31 Dragonspeed finished fifth in the LMP2 class. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
The No.40 G-Drive Racing braking hard at Indianapolis. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
Racing Team Nederland at the famous Ford Chicanes. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet

Porsche Achieved LMGTE Double

Porsche proved to be virtually unstoppable at Le Mans in 2018. In LMGTE Pro, their retro-liveried cars claimed a 1-2 finish following an intense battle with Ford and Corvette.

Additionally, Dempsey-Proton Racing also helped the Germans to first place in LMGTE AM.

The No.66 Ford GT under the floodlights during the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
Porsche ran two retro liveries commemorating their previous success in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
Aston Martin experienced difficulties at the Circuit de la Sarthe in 2018. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
Clearwater Racing proved to be no match for Porsche and Dempsey-Proton Racing in LMGTE Am. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
The LMGTE field enter the night-shift at Le Mans. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
Keating Motorsport claimed a respectable third place in LMGTE Am. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
Trouble for the No.93 Porsche meant the German marque were unable to clean sweep the podium in LMGTE Pro. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
The AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE Evo exits the Porsche Curves. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet

2019 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps

The Toyotas lead the pack through the Bus Stop Chicane at the start of the 2019 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet

No.8 Toyota Reigns Supreme

The 2019 edition of the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps was a race typical of the circuit’s history.

Changeable weather conditions added more unpredictability for the drivers and the teams, adding to the excitement amongst racing fans.

Despite these factors, the result at the front was no different. The No.8 Toyota of Sebastian Buemi, Fernando Alonso and Kazuki Nakajima claimed their fourth win of the season.

In LMP2, victory was claimed by DragonSpeed’s Anthony Davidson, Roberto Gonzalez and Pastor Maldonado.

The No.8 Toyota TS050 out in front at Spa-Francorchamps at Spa-Francorchamps. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
The No.7 Toyota powers towards Les Combes. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
ByKolles were the only team to complete less than 100 laps following getting caught out by the changeable conditions. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
Racing Team Nederland in action at the 2019 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet

Aston Martin Achieve First Win with Brand-New Vantage AMR

The LMGTE Pro drivers filter through the Bus Stop Chicane. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
The LMGTE Pro cars make the climb up Eau Rouge at Spa-Francorchamps. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet

Another close battle in LMGTE Pro saw Alex Lynn and Maxine Martin give Aston Martin their first class win with the Vantage AMR. For context, nine of the ten cars in the field finished on the lead lap.

The Aston Martin Vantage AMR claimed its first LMGTE Pro win in the 2019 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
The No.52 AF Corse encounters the rain in the Arden Forest. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
Heavy rainfall occurs amongst the LMGTE battle at La Source. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
A BMW M8 GTE charges down the Kemmel Straight. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
Michael Christensen and Kevin Estre claimed third in a competitive race for the LMGTE Pro class. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
Smoke pours out of the brakes of the No.71 AF Corse. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet

Dempsey-Proton Complete LMGTE Am Hat-Trick

The No.77 Dempsey-Proton mastered the torrential conditions at Spa-Francorchamps in LMGTE Am. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
© Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet

Elsewhere, Matt Campbell and Christian Reid took their third successive win for Dempsey-Proton Racing in LMGTE Am.

Their triumph at Spa followed their victories in the 6 Hours of Shanghai and the 1000 Miles of Sebring respectively.

Matt Griffin achieved his third LMGTE Am podium of the season for Clearwater Racing. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
A heat haze lingers behind the No.90 TF Sport Aston Martin GTE Vantage. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
The No.70 Ferrari of MR Racing gets it wrong at the top of Raidillon. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
In contrast to the sister car, the No.88 Dempsey-Proton Racing was last of the nine runners in LMGTE Am. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet

2019 24 Hours of Le Mans

The French tricolore is painted in the sky ahead of the start of the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet

Contrasting Emotions as Toyota Make It Two in a Row

For the 87th time, the 24 Hours of Le Mans demostrated the challenges associated with the ultimate challenge of man and machine.

The No.7 Toyota of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez led most of the race and were in cruise control.

Unfortunately for them, a tyre puncture and a faulty tyre sensor resulted in two unscheduled stops within the final hour.

This handed victory to the sister car of Kazuki Nakajima, Sebastien Buemi and Fernando Alonso for the second year running.

The No.8 Toyota on the approach to the Dunlop Curves. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
A fault with a tyre sensor robbed the No.7 Toyota of a dominant victory at Le Mans. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
Rebellion’s one-off liveries for the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans were designed by the Rocketbyz brand. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
The two liveries used by Rebellion used contrasting white and backgrounds. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
SMP Racing’s No.17 car shines in the night at the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
The No.3 Rebellion looks to get past lapped traffic on the approach to Tetra Rouge. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet

Signatech Alpine Claim Consecutive Le Mans Win in LMP2

At the top of the Mulsanne straight, a race marshals is hard at work. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet

In 2019, Signatech Alpine didn’t need the help of a Stewards’ enquiry to win at Le Mans in the LMP2.

Additionally, the French team’s remarkable consistency of finishing every race on the podium also secured them Endurance Trophy.

Algrave Pro Racing on the run down towards the Porsche Curves. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
The Signatech Alpine at the Porsche Curves during the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
Jackie DC Chan Racing’s No.37 car retired with after a gearbox failure. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
The Panis Barthez Competition LMP2 car at the Dunlop Chicane. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
Cetilar Racing Villorba Corse at the slowest corner of the Circuit de la Sarthe, Arnage. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
Fans at the Porsche hospitality stand look on at the No.49 ARC Bratislava passes by. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
Following their disqualification the previous year, G-Drive Racing could only manage sixth at Le Mans in 2019. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
No.28 TDS Racing utilizes the clean air ahead at the Ford Chicanes. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
LMP2 cars such as the No.30 Duqueine Engineering have to master the skill of lapping the LMGTEs, whilst simultaneously making way for the faster LMP1 machines. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
Racing Team Nederland once again suffered from technical problems. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet

AF Corse win at Le Mans; Porsche Champions

The No.51 AF Corse of James Calado, Alessandro Pier Guidi and Daniel Serra were victorious in the LMGTE Pro class. This marked the Italian team’s third class victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Furthermore, fifth place for Porsche’s Michael Christensen and Kevin Estre was enough for them to secure the GTE Drivers’ Championship.

Porsche and AF Corse were the most consistent teams in LMGTE Pro during the 2018-19 FIA WEC SuperSeason. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
Corvette Racing made its return to European Competition in the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
Aston Martin was the fastest LMGTE pro car in qualifying courtesy of the No.95 car. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
To mark their final race in the FIA WEC, Ford used liveries inspired by their overall victories at Le Mans during the late 1960’s. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
The Aston Martin Vantage AMR at the famous Dunlop Bridge. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
Nicky Catsburg’s damaged BMW M8 GTE after a crash in qualifying at the Ford Chicane. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
The taillights of the No.67 Ford GT shines bright as the car makes its way along the pit straight. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
The No.94 Porsche exits Arnage, making its way towards the Porsche Curves. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
Two Chevrolet Corvette C7.R’s run in tandem towards during the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
A BMW M8 GTE on entry to the Porsche Curves. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
A Safety Car on standby as the race goes on. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
The Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE Evo rides over the kerbs at Le Mans. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
Another retro livery used by Ford during the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
A pair of Porsche 911 RSRs appropriately charge through the Porsche Curves. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
The No.66 Ford GT negotiates the Ford Chicanes. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
A trio of LMGTE cars race down the Mulsanne straight. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet

Team Project 1 Claims LMGTE Am Honours after Keating Motorsports DQ

For the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans, Keating Motorsport ditched the Ferrari in favour of the Ford GT. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet

Keating Motorsport’s switch to the Ford GT seemed to be a masterstroke after they took the chequered flag in LMGTE Am.

However, post-race scrutineering found that their No.85 car had exceeded the permitted fuel capacity during the race.

Consequently, the team were disqualified and gifted the victory to Team Project 1 after already claiming the Endurance Trophy.

The No.78 Porsche 911 RSR of Proton Competition embraces nightfall at Le Mans. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
Team Project 1 also adopted an Art Car livery for Le Mans in 2019. The artwork adorning their Porsche was designed by American Richard Phillips. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
Racing fans at Indianapolis look on as three Ferrari 488’s battle hard in the LMGTE Am class. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
Sebastien Buemi and Fernando Alonso join Kazuki Nakajima in celebrating their second successive win in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Toyota Gazoo Racing. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
Signatech Alpine’s win in LMP2 also saw them secure the Endurance Trophy. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
Team Project 1 would inherit the LMGTE Am victory after Keating Motorsport disqualification. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet
The LMP1 podium ceremony at the conclusion of the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans. © Prescott Motorsport/Rick Kiewiet

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