Glickenhaus to skip first round of WEC at Spa

Glickenhaus Racing will skip the opening round of the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship season at Spa in May with its new Le Mans Hypercar.

Glickenhaus to skip first round of WEC at Spa

The US entrant appeared on the initial entry list for the Spa 6 Hours on May 1 published last month, but marque founder Jim Glickenhaus stressed that he had not committed to taking part with his pair of 007 LMHs.

Now, he has confirmed that Glickenhaus Racing will miss the Belgian series opener and instead give the 007 a debut in round two of this year's WEC at Portimao in June.

"We are definitely not going to Spa; it's been a rolling decision," Glickenhaus told Motorsport.com. "We have always planned to start racing when we have everything exactly where we want it to be, because this is a five-year programme and we are playing the long game here.

"We have never changed our tune and have never been in a rush to get to Spa."

Glickenhaus Racing 007LMHs

Glickenhaus Racing 007LMHs

Photo by: Glickenhaus Racing

Glickenhaus has always insisted that he would not homologate the car, which effectively fixes its specification for five years, until it had undertaken a 30-hour endurance test. This is now scheduled for the Spanish Aragon circuit in early May, after the first round of the WEC.

He revealed that the 007 is undergoing a test at the Sauber wind tunnel in Switzerland this week to evaluate two aerodynamic configurations.

"We have two configurations we are working on — one is a little higher v-max and one is a little higher downforce," Glickenhaus explained. "We will decide what is best because you are only allowed one aero configuration, and then we will have another test at Vallelunga.

"That will be the final test before a 30-hour test and then we will be ready to race both cars in Portimao."

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A solo 007 ran last week at Vallelunga, which is close to the workshops of the Podium Advanced Technologies organisation that has designed and developed the Pipo Moteurs-powered car.

It completed approximately 2000km in the hands of Richard Westbrook, Olivier Pla and Franck Mailleux over the course of the two days, which was the fourth test of the car.

Glickenhaus's absence at Spa means just three cars will compete in the new Hypercar class, the two Toyota GR010 Hybrids and Alpine's grandfathered LMP1 Oreca design run by Signatech.

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