Porsche's return, a new set of revolutionary regulations for LMP1, fresh privateer challengers on the way and a wave of new P2 machinery coming must make this the most eagerly-anticipated season of international sportscar racing ever.
There's just so much going on in the World Endurance Championship, which kicks off at Silverstone this weekend, to excite sportscar fans.
And that's without taking into account the GTE Pro class and an ongoing battle between Ferrari, Aston Martin and Porsche that promises to be even more intense than before.
The new era won't be without its problems, witness the absentees from Silverstone, but the championship is most definitely on the up.
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Gary Watkins has, for reasons best known to himself, devoted all his working life to covering sportscar racing. This season is his 25th as a motorsport journalist, during which time he has reported on major long-distance events on four continents and approaching 60 24-hour races. He reckons a degree in political philosophy makes him well qualified for covering the sometimes Machiavellian world of international sportscars.
Gary, who also writes for RACER, Autoweek, Motor Sport, Autocourse and others, lives in Surbiton but spends more time on the road than at home for most of the year.