LMP2 is in trouble, at least as far as the World Endurance Championship goes. That's the bad news. The good news is that series promoter the Automobile Club de l'Ouest understands that P2 has issues and is instigating a root-and-branch review of a class that is vital to the health of the championship.
The facts are there for all to see. A downtrend in entries - a drop to just seven ahead of this season - has been brought into sharp focus by a series of withdrawals that has meant there have been just four regular P2 entrants on the grid for the first two rounds of the WEC. And there appears to be a Sword of Damocles hanging over two of those.
You might ask who cares at a time when the WEC is in the spotlight for its manufacturer LMP1 entries and the exciting new technology that their latest contenders employ? Clearly the ACO cares and so should any true fan of sportscar racing.
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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.