Eight privateer entries will compete against Toyota in the top-class of the 2018-19 World Endurance Championship.

Rebellion return to LMP1 with two entries, Andre Lotterer heads the #1 car with Thomas Laurent leading the sister entry.

ByKolles is also back with a solo ENSO CLM-Nissan P1/01 led by Oliver Webb, who drove for the team in both 2016 and 2017.

Manor has graduated from LMP2 to LMP1 under the name ‘CEFC TRSM Racing’.Oliver Rowland and his fellow countryman Charlie Robertson are the only two drivers confirmed so far for its two cars.

European Le Mans Series/IMSA team DragonSpeed will run one car with Ben Hanley, Henrik Hedman and Renger van der Zande at the wheel.

SMP Racing will enter two cars with IndyCar refugee Mikhail Aleshin and former-Formula 1 driver Vitaly Petrov signed up.

The entry list also confirmed two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso will make his WEC debut. The Fuji round, which originally clashed with the United States Grand Prix, has been moved to accommodate Alonso’s arrival.

Alonso will be team-mates with Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima in the #8 car, while Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez will form the #9’s driver line-up.

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With multiple 2017 LMP2 teams stepping up to LMP1 this year, the second-tier prototype class has seen a small drop in entries for this season.

Reigning champions Rebellion has left to return to LMP1, but Jackie Chan DC Racing, whose #38 car missed out on last year’s LMP2 crown by 11 points, will return with two cars.

Jazeman Jaafar and Ho-Pin Tung are its only drivers announced so far.

2016 LMP2 champions Signatech Alpine also return with a sole entry, as do TDS Racing.

Racing Team Nederland, Larbre Competition and DragonSpeed all join the category, each with one car.

Ferrari has upped its Le Mans GTE entry to three cars, in order to rival Porsche and Ford’s four-car efforts.

BMW will also make its WEC bow with two cars featuring Martin Tomczyk, Nicky Catsburg, Philip Eng, Augusto Farfus, Antonio Felix da Costa and Alexander Sims as its drivers.

The GTE AM category rises from five to nine entries.  That number will increase to 13 for Le Mans, meaning there will be an even split of prototype and GT cars at the historic 24-hour race.