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24H Le Mans Entry List Released

24 Hours of Le Mans entry list released…

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

The ACO has revealed the list of 60 entries for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, again featuring a maximum capacity grid for the French endurance classic, including 28 full-season WEC entrants.

As expected, the LMP1 class features only six cars, following the withdrawal of Audi, Rebellion Racing’s move to LMP2 and Toyota Gazoo Racing’s expansion to a three-car program.

The new-look LMP2 category features the largest field, with 25 entries, with the majority being Oreca 07s and Ligier JS P217s, although joined by three Dallara P217s and a lone Riley Mk. 30 entered by Keating Motorsports.

A total of 13 cars are entered in GTE-Pro, in a near-identical list to last year’s field, comprised of factory or works-supported entries from Ford, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Corvette and Porsche.

The GTE-Am class, meanwhile, sees 16 total entries, including five from the WEC and the debut of the Ferrari 488 GTE into the category.

Only two reserve entries have been nominated, one in LMP2 for RLR Msport (Ligier JS P217) and an additional Proton Competition Porsche in GTE-Am.

While the ACO in the past have confirmed a full list of ten reserves, sources have indicated to Sportscar365 that only 64 entry requests were submitted for this year’s race.

“Endurance is in very good health and the 2017 season looks full of promise,” said ACO President Pierre Fillon.

“The on-track spectacle will be absolutely fantastic with duels among top-class drivers and all-out rivalry between the competitors. All the ingredients that make up the DNA of endurance have been combined for 2017.

“The field for the Le Mans 24 Hours is particularly rich with 16 nationalities from the four corners of the world and a host of teams, most of which race in our continental series in Europe, the United States and Asia thanks to the Asian Le Mans Series, which has really taken off.

“It is all proof of the success of the endurance pyramid so dear to the ACO.”

Mark Webber, meanwhile, has been named Grand Marshal for Le Mans, following in the footsteps of Alex Wurz, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish, who have all retired from professional racing.

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is set for June 17-18.

LMP1 (6 Entries)
1 – Porsche Team – Porsche 919 Hybrid – Neel Jani*
2 – Porsche Team – Porsche 919 Hybrid – Timo Bernhard*
4 – Team ByKolles – ENSO CLM P1/01 NISMO – Robert Kubica*
7 – Toyota Gazoo Racing – Toyota TS050 Hybrid – Mike Conway*
8 – Toyota Gazoo Racing – Toyota TS050 Hybrid – Sebastien Buemi*
9 – Toyota Gazoo Racing – Toyota TS050 Hybrid – Stephane Sarrazin

LMP2 (25 Entries)
13 – Vaillante Rebellion – Oreca 07  – Nelson Piquet Jr.*
24 – CEFC Manor TRS Racing – Oreca 07 – Tor Graves*
25 – CEFC Manor TRS Racing – Oreca 07 – Roberto Gonzalez*
26 – G-Drive Racing – Oreca 07 – Roman Rusinov*
28 – TDS Racing – Oreca 07 – Francois Perrodo*
31 – Vaillante Rebellion – Oreca 07 – Nicolas Prost*
35 – Signatech Alpine Matmut – Alpine A470 – Stephane Richelmi*
36 – Signatech Alpine Matmut – Alpine A470 – Nicolas Lapierre*
37 – Jackie Chan DC Racing – Oreca 07 – David Cheng*
38 – Jackie Chan DC Racing – Oreca 07 – Ho-Pin Tung*
17 – IDEC Sport Racing – Ligier JS P217 – Patrice Lafargue
21 – DragonSpeed 10 Star – Oreca 07 – Henrik Hedman
22 – G-Drive Racing – Oreca 07 – Memo Rojas
23 – Panis Barthez Competition – Ligier JS P217 – Fabien Barthez
27 – SMP Racing – Dallara P217 – Mikhail Aleshin
29 – Racing Team Nederland – Dallara P217 – Jan Lammers
32 – United Autosports – Ligier JS P217 – Will Owen
33 – Eurasia Motorsport – Ligier JS P217 – Chris Hoy
34 – Tockwith Motorsport – Ligier JS P217 – Nigel Moore
39 – Graff Racing – Oreca 07 – James Allen
40 – Graff Racing – Oreca 07 – Enzo Guibbert
43 – Keating Motorsports – Riley Mk. 30 – Ben Keating
45 – Algarve Pro Racing – Ligier JS P217 – Mark Patterson
47 – Cetilar Villobra Corse – Dallara P217 – Roberto Lacorte
49 – ARC Bratislava – Oreca 07 – Miro Konopka

GTE-Pro (13 Entries)

51 – AF Corse – Ferrari 488 GTE – James Calado*
63 – Corvette Racing – GM – Corvette C7.R – Jan Magnussen
64 – Corvette Racing – GM – Corvette C7.R – Oliver Gavin
66 – Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team UK – Ford GT – Stefan Muecke*
67 – Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team UK – Ford GT – Andy Priaulx*
68 – Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team USA – Ford GT – Joey Hand
69 – Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team USA – Ford GT – Ryan Briscoe
71 – AF Corse – Ferrari 488 GTE – Davide Rigon*
82 – Risi Competizione – Ferrari 488 GTE – Toni Vilander
91 – Porsche GT Team – Porsche 911 RSR – Richard Lietz*
92 – Porsche GT Team – Porsche 911 RSR – Michael Christensen*
95 – Aston Martin Racing – Aston Martin Vantage – Nicki Thiim*
97 – Aston Martin Racing – Aston Martin Vantage – Darren Turner*

GTE-Am (16 Entries)
54 – Spirit of Race –Ferrari 488 GTE – Thomas Flohr*
61 – Clearwater Racing –Ferrari 488 GTE – Weng Sun Mok*
77 – Dempsey Proton Racing –Porsche 911 RSR – Christian Ried*
86 – Gulf Racing UK –Porsche 911 RSR – Michael Wainwright*
98 – Aston Martin Racing –Aston Martin Vantage GTE – Paul Dalla Lana*
50 – Larbre Competition – Corvette C7.R – Ricky Taylor
55 – Spirit of Race – Ferrari 488 GTE – Duncan Cameron
60 – Clearwater Racing – Ferrari 488 GTE – Matt Griffin
62 – Scuderia Corsa – Ferrari 488 GTE – Cooper MacNeil
65 – Scuderia Corsa – Ferrari 488 GTE – Christina Nielsen
83 – DH Racing – Ferrari 488 GTE – Riccardo Ragazzi
84 – JMW Motorsport – Ferrari 458 GTE – Robert Smth
88 – Proton Competition – Porsche 911 RSR – Wolf Henzler
90 – TF Sport – Aston Martin Vantage GTE – Salih Yoluc
93 – Proton Competition – Porsche 911 RSR – Patrick Long
99 – Beechdean AMR – Aston Martin Vantage GTE -Andrew Howard

*Denotes full-season FIA World Endurance Championship entrant

Reserve Cars 
46 – RLR Msport – Ligier JS P217 – John Farano (LMP2)
94 – Mentos-Proton Racing – Porsche 911 RSR – Egidio Perfetti (GTE-Am)

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

30 Comments

30 Comments

  1. Me

    February 2, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Dallara and OnRoak named both of their cars the same thing??

    • John

      February 2, 2017 at 11:23 am

      No, one is called a Dallara and the other a Ligier The numbers refer to the class and year

      • Morningview66

        February 2, 2017 at 12:34 pm

        Isn’t it:
        Dallara – P217
        Ligier – JS P217

        Slight difference 🤣

        • Me

          February 2, 2017 at 1:26 pm

          I take back what i said about them being the same, but they sure are awfully similar 😂

  2. Helmuth

    February 2, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Not bad, managed 60 cars . All 4 manufacturers represented in LMP2.

  3. Dun blowed up

    February 2, 2017 at 11:22 am

    It would be great to see the Riley win P2

  4. Bunta

    February 2, 2017 at 11:26 am

    The number of Orecas is too damn high!

    • Steven

      February 2, 2017 at 5:50 pm

      Oreca has been the best LMP2 machine for awhile now. No surprise a lot of teams picked the 07 for the new regs.

  5. The big hurt

    February 2, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Who if any are the reserves for Le Mans?

    • Dave

      February 2, 2017 at 11:35 am

      Look like no reserves

      • Rus'L

        February 2, 2017 at 12:37 pm

        There are two cars listed under Reserve Cars. Seems pretty obvious to me…

        • Auto...matic

          February 2, 2017 at 1:11 pm

          There were no reserves posted originally which was pretty obvious to me…

          • John Dagys

            February 2, 2017 at 3:06 pm

            Correct. The initial web stream didn’t list reserves… They were only listed in the press release, which was sent out 1 hour later.

        • Dave

          February 2, 2017 at 1:22 pm

          They were not there when this report was first posted. Some of us read the news as it is first published and not the updated one

  6. jason

    February 2, 2017 at 11:48 am

    I bet you’ll see some drop outs before the race itself

  7. elVeloz

    February 2, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    No Visit Florida?

    • Auto...matic

      February 2, 2017 at 1:09 pm

      Visit Florida will be pretty much the Keating Race team

      • Tim

        February 2, 2017 at 3:15 pm

        From what I understand VFR is the backbone of the team and they are using Keatings Riley. I wouldnt be surprised if its VFR drivers and Keating

        • The big hurt

          February 2, 2017 at 3:41 pm

          Yea I heard Ben a few weeks ago talking about this and indeed I think thats the plan. I think the lone Riley is gonna surprise some folks with pace.

  8. Auto...matic

    February 2, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Gonna seem odd with Tracy Krohn providing a rolling chicane at Le Mans

  9. N8

    February 2, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Mentos-Proton? Like, ‘the freshmaker’ mentos?

  10. Persebaya

    February 2, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Too bad the ACO still doesn’t want DPis. But are there any chance for them to race in Le Mans with BoP changes?

  11. NaBUru38

    February 2, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Nice GTE-Pro grid with five factory teams, including 3 Ferraris.

    Pathetic LMP1 grid. The ACO should add DPi as an all-pro class next year.

    • Jenner

      February 2, 2017 at 10:38 pm

      Their race, their rules.

      Just like how IMSA bans LMP1’s from racing at Daytona, the ACO can ban DPi’s from LeMans.

      Deal with it.

      You don’t hear Porsche or Toyota fans bitching about missing Daytona, do ya?

    • David Chaste

      February 2, 2017 at 11:40 pm

      The GTE Pro grid was the most predictable field of all of them. Nice field, but nothing surprising there.

    • AudiTT

      February 3, 2017 at 1:07 am

      If you want to race a DPI at Le Mans enter LMP1 privateer. Afterall the new SMP LMP1 will basically be a Dallara P2 (like the Cadillac).

      Nothing stopping teams, the chassis regulations are the same, only difference being more power and more aero development.

      • Avery

        February 3, 2017 at 9:16 am

        Yeah, but the manufacturer side though, LMP1 teams don’t want to get beaten by non hybrid cars.

  12. David Chaste

    February 2, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    The GTLM field should go to Lemams with their exact same BOP from Daytona. IMSA did a good job with the balancing act, the ACO should have taken notes. Everybody will be watching.

  13. Woody...🏁

    February 3, 2017 at 3:31 am

    Glad to see Risi Competizione was invited, a team more than capable of winning the stacked GT-PRO grid…Risi shines at LeMans!!..but the prototype proxy Fords will be as always very tough to beat as will the new 911’s….the Aston’s and Vettes are showing their age and will not be much of a factor this coming June…just as they were last year. Hopefully AF CORSE can learn some reliability from their friends over at Risi and make themselves known this time after their very uncharacteristic LeMans last year. A hole was left in AF CORSE with Bruni leaving the #51 and still no update as to who will join Calado who drove a brilliantly with Risi at Daytona…👍…

  14. No1uknow

    February 6, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    Maybe this is a dumb question, but what is the significance of an asterisk (*) after a driver’s name?

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