It’s almost time for Bent Fiscaal. The driver from Albergen is preparing for his debut in the World Long Distance Championship (WEC). The venue for the inaugural race is far from home in Sebring. The mission of Friday’s race is clear, at one of the oldest racetracks in the United States, aiming for a podium finish.
The 23-year-old Fiscal will be driving for Prema Racing this season. Last year, the former Formula 3 and Formula 2 driver, among others, is still competing in the European Le Mans Series for endurance races. Now a new challenge awaits in the WEC. “For the past four years, the Prema driver has always been a champion, so let’s continue this trend next season,” says the newcomer from America. He hopes to be able to take part immediately in the opening race on Friday (from 5pm Dutch time) to reach the podium.
WEC is the highest attainable class in endurance racing
“But you don’t just win this class. The race at Sebring is a very long one with at least a thousand miles (sixteen hundred kilometers) and of course anything can happen,” says Fiscal. “WEC is the highest achievable class in endurance racing. The LMP2 class I compete in consists of eleven very competitive teams. Our goal is to finish in the top three and achieve consistent results. This way we can compete for the biggest prize at the end of the year.”
At Prima Racing, Fiscal meets an old acquaintance. Philippe Ugran, who was allowed to fill his two-time job at Viscal’s former Algarve Pro Racing at the end of the 2022 ELMS season, will join the Italian team and is thus once again Tukker’s teammate. The pair will be joined by experienced Andrea Caldarelli in America’s WEC season opener.
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