Lequien, CEO of the sequence, pressured that he has “loads of admiration and respect for the crew”, which was lacking from the 19-car Hypercar class discipline when the 2024 WEC entry list was published on Monday.
However he refused to enter element why the entry for a solo Vanwall Vandervell 680 Le Mans Hypercar had been rejected by the choice committee made up of representatives of the co-organisers of the WEC, the FIA and the Car Membership de l’Ouest.
“I would favor to have everybody on the grid, however we’ve got a restricted variety of automobiles  we are able to settle for, so we needed to take some selections,” stated Lequien.
“I feel we took some logical and proper selections even when they weren’t simple.
“I can’t give too many feedback on these selections: we’ve got to take our resolution on totally different standards, that are clearly written within the sporting rules and for Vanwall Racing a few of them weren’t okay.”
The 4 standards for entries are laid down within the WEC sporting rules: they’re the monitor report of the entrant, its curiosity for the championship, common participation in both the sequence or its blue riband spherical, the Le Mans 24 Hours, and the monetary scenario of the crew with the organisers.
A competitor within the Hypercar class should additionally “submit a presentation file together with data on the model”, as a result of the highest class of the WEC is reserved for producers of highway automobiles.
Requested particularly about whether or not Vanwall met this standards, Lequien refused to remark.
Picture by: Marc Fleury
#4 Floyd Vanwall Racing Staff Vanwall Vandervell 680 of Tom Dillmann, Esteban Guerrieri, Tristan Vautier
Vanwall, which previously raced within the WEC as ByKolles Racing, has an electrical SUV often known as the Vandervell S accessible on the market and has additionally introduced road-going and monitor day variations of its LMH.
Staff boss Colin Kolles declined to touch upon the rejection of the crew’s entry, which was planned with a new version of the Vandervell 680 reworked around a new turbocharged engine rather than the normally-aspirated Gibson V8 utilized in 2023.
Kolles would solely say that that the brand new model of the Vandervell 680 is completed and that the German-based crew is awaiting supply of the primary turbo engine, which it has but to call, after which the automotive will go testing in its new type.
The ByKolles crew returned to the WEC in 2023 after its entry with the Vandervell 680 rejected for 2022.
It first raced at Le Mans in 2009 with a pair of Audi R10 TDIs after which moved over to LMP2 first with an Lola-Judd/BMW badged as a Lotus after which a automotive developed by German constructor ADESS that additionally carried the British producer’s badges.
ByKolles then graduated to LMP1 with a automotive of its personal design and building in 2014.