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MotoGP legend Rossi set to make FIA World Endurance Championship debut

DOHA: Racing history will be written at Lusail International Circuit this month as Italian motorcycle racing legend Valentino Rossi swaps two wheels for four, making his debut in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) 2024’s first race, the ‘Qatar Airways Qatar 1812 km’.

Now entering its twelfth year, WEC remains the world’s premier international sportscar championship with multiple cars racing simultaneously across two categories (Hypercar and LMGT3).

Paired with the globe’s premier racing drivers, it unleashes a high-octane, wheel-to-wheel spectacle for fans across eight exhilarating dates worldwide.

The journey commences in Qatar, then ventures through Italy, Belgium, France, Brazil, USA, Japan, and concludes in Bahrain.

Iconic Italian driver Rossi, who attended the official WEC rookie test in Bahrain last year will drive the BMW M4 GT3 in the WEC’s all-new LMGT3 category for Belgian squad Team WRT, alongside teammates, Maxime Martin of Belgium and Ahmad Al Harthy of Oman.

Speaking in November about his foray into endurance racing, the 45-year-old said: “I am very excited to compete in the FIA WEC. It is the next step for me to participate in a world championship, not only in Europe but to race globally again.”

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