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24H Le Mans Entry List Released

Capacity field of 60 cars on 24 Hours of Le Mans entry list…

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The entry list for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans has been released with a capacity total of 60 cars set for the French endurance classic on June 16-17.

The grid includes an equal split of prototypes and GTE cars with LMP2 the largest class at 20 entries.

Ten LMP1 cars, all competing in the full FIA World Endurance Championship season, will fight for the overall victory with eight non-hybrid cars alongside the pair of Toyota TS050 Hybrids.

Three LMP2 constructors are represented and the seven full-season cars will be joined by an additional 13 entries for Le Mans.

This includes two additional Jackie Chan DC Racing x Jota-run Ligier JS P217 Gibsons alongside the team’s full-season Oreca 07 Gibsons, bringing its car count up to four. 

David Cheng and Jacques Nicolet are the nominated drivers for those entries, awarded courtesy of the teams’ LMP2 and LMP3 class titles in the 2017/18 Asian Le Mans Series.

Seventeen cars will contest GTE-Pro at Le Mans with two additional cars from Ford Chip Ganassi Racing and Porsche each, plus a pair of Corvette C7.Rs and an extra AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE.

The nine-strong full-season GTE-Am field will be joined by a further four cars, meanwhile.

This includes entries from European Le Mans Series competitors Ebimotors, JMW Motorsport and Proton Competition plus the Keating Motorsports Ferrari.

The ACO confirmed a total of nine reserve entries, including American outfits Scuderia Corsa, Krohn Racing and BAR1 Motorsports, which are fifth, sixth and ninth, respectively on the list.

LMP1 (10 Entries)
1 – Rebellion Racing – Rebellion R13 Gibson – Andre Lotterer
3 – Rebellion Racing – Rebellion R13 Gibson – Thomas Laurent
4 – Team ByKolles – ENSO CLM P1/01 NISMO – Oliver Webb
5 – CEFC TRSM Racing – Ginetta G60-LT-P1 Mecachrome – Charlie Robertson
6 – CEFC TRSM Racing – Ginetta G60-LT-P1 Mecachrome – Oliver Rowland
7 – Toyota Gazoo Racing – Toyota TS050 Hybrid – Mike Conway
8 – Toyota Gazoo Racing – Toyota TS050 Hybrid – Sebastien Buemi
10 – DragonSpeed – BR Engineering BR1 Gibson – Henrik Hedman
11 – SMP Racing – BR Engineering BR1 AER – Mikhail Aleshin
17 – SMP Racing – BR Engineering BR1 AER – Vitaly Petrov

LMP2 (20 Entries)
22 – United Autosports – Ligier JS P217 – Phil Hanson
23 – Panis Barthez Competition – Ligier JS P217 – Timothe Buret
25 – Algarve Pro Racing – Ligier JS P217 – Mark Patterson
26 – G-Drive Racing – Oreca 07 – Roman Rusinov
28 – TDS Racing – Oreca 07 – Francois Perrodo
29 – Racing Team Nederland – Dallara P217 – Frits van Eerd
31 – DragonSpeed – Oreca 07 – Roberto Gonzalez
32 – United Autosports – Ligier JS P217 – Hugo de Sadeleer
33 – Jackie Chan DC Racing – Ligier JS P217 – David Cheng
34 – Jackie Chan DC Racing – Ligier JS P217 – Jacques Nicolet
35 – SMP Racing – Dallara P217 – Victor Shaitar
36 – Signatech Alpine Matmut – Alpine A470 – Nicolas Lapierre
37 – Jackie Chan DC Racing – Oreca 07 – Jazeman Jafaar
38 – Jackie Chan DC Racing – Oreca 07 – Ho-Pin Tung
39 – Graff-SO24 – Oreca 07 – Vincent Capillaire
40 – G-Drive Racing – Oreca 07 – James Allen
44 – Eurasia Motorsport – Ligier JS P217 – Marko Asmer
47 – Cetilar Villorba Corse – Dallara P217 – Roberto Lacorte
48 – IDEC Sport – Ligier JS P217 – Paul Lafargue
50 – Larbre Competition – Ligier JS P217 – Erwin Creed

GTE-Pro (17 Entries)
51 – AF Corse – Ferrari 488 GTE – Alessandro Pier Guidi
52 – AF Corse – Ferrari 488 GTE – Toni Vilander
63 – Corvette Racing – Corvette C7.R – Jan Magnussen 
64 – Corvette Racing – 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
81 – BMW Team MTEK – BMW M8 GTE – Martin Tomczyk
82 – BMW Team MTEK – BMW M8 GTE – Augusto Farfus
91 – Porsche GT Team – Porsche 911 RSR – Richard Lietz
92 – Porsche GT Team – Porsche 911 RSR – Michael Christensen
93 – Porsche GT Team – Porsche 911 RSR – Patrick Pilet
94 – Porsche GT Team – Porsche 911 RSR – Romain Dumas
95 – Aston Martin Racing – Aston Martin Vantage – Marco Sorensen
97 – Aston Martin Racing – Aston Martin Vantage – Alex Lynn

GTE-Am (13 Entries)
54 – Spirit of Race – Ferrari 488 GTE – Thomas Flohr
56 – Project 1 – Porsche 911 RSR – Joerg Bergmeister
61 – Clearwater Racing – Ferrari 488 GTE – Weng Sun Mok
70 – MR Racing – Ferrari 488 GTE – Motoaki Ishikawa
77 – Dempsey Proton Racing – Porsche 911 RSR – Matteo Cairoli
80 – Ebimotors – Porsche 911 RSR – Fabio Babini
84 – JMW Motorsport – Ferrari 488 GTE – Liam Griffin
85 – Keating Motorsports – Ferrari 488 GTE – Ben Keating
86 – Gulf Racing – Porsche 911 RSR – Michael Wainwright
88 – Proton Competition – Porsche 911 RSR – Matt Campbell
90 – TF Sport – Aston Martin Vantage GTE – Salih Yoluc
98 – Aston Martin Racing – Aston Martin Vantage GTE – Paul Dalla Lana
99 – Proton Competition – Porsche 911 RSR – Patrick Long

Reserve Cars (9 Cars)
41 – APM Monaco Team KCMG – Dallara P217 – Louis Prette (LMP2)
55 – Spirit of Race – Ferrari 488 GTE – Duncan Cameron (GTE-Am)
49 – High Class Racing – Dallara P217 – Anders Fjordback (LMP2)
24 – Repsol Racing Engineering – Oreca 07 – Norman Nato (LMP2)
62 – Scuderia Corsa – Ferrari 488 GTE – Cooper MacNeil (GTE-Am)
83 – Krohn Racing – Ferrari 488 GTE – Tracy Krohn (GTE-Am)
27 – IDEC Sport – Ligier JS P217 – Patrice Lafargue (LMP2)
43 – ARC Bratislava – Ligier JS P217 – Miroslav Konopka (LMP2)
42 – Brian Alder – Riley Mk. 30 – Mark Kvamme (LMP2)

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is Sportscar365's European Editor and also Managing Editor for e-racing365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations and is a member of the Autosport Academy. Contact Jake

38 Comments

38 Comments

  1. Barber

    February 9, 2018 at 9:52 am

    GTE-Pro this year.. is insane

    • FlyingLobster27

      February 9, 2018 at 10:54 am

      I both love and loathe GTE-Pro. The cars are epic, even if most aren’t true GTs anymore (but hey, that’s the direction the ACO wants it to go) and the driving talent is there. At the WEC Prologue at Monza last year, I set out to get at least one autograph card from each GTE-Pro team. On the other hand, all-factory competition often leads to cynical tactics. 3 cars in a team is ok, based on the idea that one car will have all the problems, which leaves two in case one has minor issues, but I’ve always felt that 4 was hogging it.

    • NaBUru38

      February 9, 2018 at 1:47 pm

      17 entries, wow!!!

    • Steven

      February 9, 2018 at 5:02 pm

      It’s a shame Risi is not racing in it though.

      • Azuma

        February 9, 2018 at 7:02 pm

        Risi Competizione is running Keating Motorsports Ferrari 488 GTE in GTE-Am.

        • Steven

          February 10, 2018 at 7:08 am

          I’m talking about GTE-Pro. GTE-AM is pretty much a forgotten class that not many pay attention too as it gets little to zero air time in the race.

  2. Tim

    February 9, 2018 at 9:53 am

    What happened to JDC? I was really hoping to see that car on the list! But it’s no where. That’s a shame.

    Kinda surprised Scuderia is so far down the reserve list.

  3. Tim

    February 9, 2018 at 10:05 am

    11 American teams and 3 on reserved. You can add 2 more if you add BMW just for the reasoning that they have been involved in IMSA for so many years. Very cool.

  4. Pierce

    February 9, 2018 at 10:10 am

    American private teams got snubbed for the extra factory efforts in GTE Pro and this four car DC racing effort.

    -Scuderia Corsa
    -JDC
    -Bar1 (granted its a Riley there’s no way it can be demonstrated in Europe now)

    Wondering if this and the Fuji clash is the beginning of another rift between ACO and IMSA

    • Mike D

      February 9, 2018 at 10:23 am

      With their automatic bid, the only way JDC-Miller doesn’t get in is if they didn’t enter the race. I suspect the funding just wasn’t there. I heard team source (another team, not JDC) about 5 yrs ago that it was $3m+ (at that time) for US teams to do Le Mans.

      That said, there’s enough entries there that they pair up with another team, I wouldn’t count them out quite yet.

      Scuderia Corsa only as a reserve is a bit of a surprise.

    • Barber

      February 9, 2018 at 10:33 am

      DC racing had 5 auto invites. The fact that the other two other entries are Ligiers instead of Orecas probably means that they probably aren’t even being run by DC and Jota themselves, but other teams using their invites.

      • Steven

        February 9, 2018 at 5:08 pm

        Considering David Cheng is listed as the driver for the Ligier is proving its being run by atleast DC racing. Whether also with Jota is yet unknown. The other being Jacques Nicolet means that its gonna most likely being full AM car as he runs Onroak and normally will race with 2 other bronze rated drivers.

      • thomas

        February 9, 2018 at 6:37 pm

        you’re right. DSC has an article explaining it

    • WesGTR

      February 9, 2018 at 10:34 am

      IMSA will be fairly happy by having 2 Fords, 2 Vettes and 2 911’s fighting for GTE Pro, given there are no teams fighting for overall. They also get the Keating Ferrari on GTE Am as well as some IMSA drivers on the BMW’s. I can’t speak for Bar1 but as stated by Mike D above me, the only way JDC isn’t is because they didn’t send their application, maybe funding related. From here on I’m only speculating, but I think Keating’s Ferrari is a car run by Scuderia Corsa, and also, if Scuderia Corsa’s entry is to field Cooper MacNeil, I personally rather hope they don’t get the entry.

  5. Antonio Desmond Miles

    February 9, 2018 at 10:28 am

    Why is Alpine listed in LMP2? Don’t the regulations state that no manufacturers are allowed in LMP2 now that Alpine builds cars?

    • Rory

      February 9, 2018 at 10:36 am

      The Alpine is an rebadged Oreca chassis has been for a while, believe it’s a GT car they were/are building I don’t know if they’re also building an LMP2 but I do think their days in P2 are near an end

    • Steven

      February 9, 2018 at 12:45 pm

      Alpine must’ve given the FIA/ACO some nice money to stay. The understanding was they were given a one year waiver last year. They shouldn’t be there anymore even if it’s just a rebadge.

    • Anonymous

      February 9, 2018 at 12:48 pm

      Yeah that bothers me! They were given a 1 year waiver last season, and that has definitely run out. I still wonder if they have an LMP1 car nearby.

  6. pierre

    February 9, 2018 at 10:32 am

    10 of the best sounding cars on the grid! the mid engine rsr!

  7. Mike

    February 9, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Surprise Surprise, Alpine still branded on the SignaTech car despite it now being illegal for what will be 3 years at the end of the super season. Should have been banned from the moment the A110 was shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 3/2017.

  8. WesGTR

    February 9, 2018 at 10:40 am

    So much quality on that grid, oh man… I don’t remember the last time I saw a GTE Pro and LMP1 entry list so populated, I’m only remembering the time ESM ran their green and black Ferraris on IMSA, I’d love them to be in this grid. How many LMP1 cars were entered that year when Audi and Porsche had 3 cars?

    • BrandenburgNoir

      February 9, 2018 at 11:28 am

      That was 2015, no? I believe there were 3 Porsches, 3 Audis, 3 Nissans (though we all know how that ended up), 2 Toyotas, 2 Rebellions and the single ByKolles, a total of 14.

    • Steven

      February 9, 2018 at 5:14 pm

      I think the most LMP1’s was in 2008 with 22. There were 18 in 2010, and 17 in 2011.

  9. Rory

    February 9, 2018 at 10:52 am

    anyone else hoping that Tracy Krohn and/or his Ferrari stay on the reserve list and don’t make the race?, that said he’ll probably now just pay some team to race for them

    • Blaneysellstrashbags@Ring24

      February 9, 2018 at 1:46 pm

      What???? Heck I wished he was back in P2 …Or maybe he can team with Rob Kaufman and create a “Super team”

  10. jason

    February 9, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Best part of entry: GTE Pro is stacked and awesome.
    Worst thing: Scuderia corse left off! They are past winners. The 2nd dumbest move behind moving the Fuji date.

  11. Davy

    February 9, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    No Risi in GTLM is a huge shame. Ferrari should take care of them instead of giving out such huge salaries to their F1 drivers!

    • Barber

      February 9, 2018 at 1:28 pm

      Risi is the Keating #85 in GTE-Am

  12. Mike S

    February 9, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    Hope the P’s aren’t too watered down with talent and thus taking out the GT’s. I can count 2 pretty bad ones from last year.

  13. Overtake24

    February 9, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    Pretty unbelievable Scuderia Corsa didn’t get in or at the very least on top of the reserve list. Podium finishers last three Le Mans, including a win and three time defending IMSA champions.

    • tracer

      February 10, 2018 at 11:17 am

      Head scratcher for sure.

  14. Matt

    February 9, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    Epic! Just EPIC!!

  15. daedalus

    February 10, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    Mega grid! Even with 10 LMP1s the fact that all but 3 are new and the 3 that aren’t are not not exactly reliable combined with 20 reliable Gibson LMP2s means that it’s still possible a LMP2 could be on the overall podium again this year.

    Aston Martin are going to have their work cut out to repeat their win again even with a new car and the math favors porsche and ford but its a toss up really.

    • MarcusM

      February 10, 2018 at 4:10 pm

      Wait and see. In the end it all comes down to B.O.P…

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