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Entry requests to open next week for 24 Hours of Le Mans, several auto invites confirmed…

Photo: John Dagys

Entries for the 24 Hours of Le Mans are set to open next week, ahead of a revised timeline for selections to take place for next year’s French endurance classic.

The ACO confirmed that requests will be accepted between Dec. 18 and Feb. 5, with the entry list to be announced on Feb. 9.

It marks a change from recent years, which saw the 60 confirmed entries revealed one week earlier, in the first week of February.

The change is understood to have been made due to the late conclusion of the 2017/18 Asian Le Mans Series season, which wraps up in Sepang on Feb. 4.

Seven teams have already been granted auto entries, including 2017 class winners Jackie Chan DC Racing (LMP2), Aston Martin Racing (GTE-Pro) and JMW Motorsport (GTE-Am).

JMW has secured a second invite courtesy of its GTE title in the European Le Mans Series, alongside fellow series champions G-Drive Racing (LMP2) and United Autosports (LMP3, for use in LMP2).

ELMS GTE runners-up TF Sport has secured an invite, with Michelin Le Mans Cup champions Ebimotors securing an invite for GTE-Am.

Additional invites will come from champions in the Asian Le Mans Series, with a pair of invites from IMSA yet to be formally announced.

However, Sportscar365 understands those invites have been given to JDC-Miller Motorsports (LMP2) and Ben Keating (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

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Change it up

    December 11, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Would be nice to see Acura or Lexus get into GT-Am. Would be interesting to see a Japanese luxury brand only sold in America race in France.

    • Michal Baranowski

      December 11, 2017 at 11:45 am

      GT3 cars are not permitted in WEC, so no place for Lexus or Acura.

      • Blaneysellstrashbags@Ring24

        December 11, 2017 at 1:02 pm

        Help me out here…I thought the GT Am class in IMSA was pretty much a GT3 car?

        • Tim

          December 11, 2017 at 1:17 pm

          Correct. IMSA’s GT Am class (GTD) is GT3 cars. However WEC and there for Lemans GT Am class is 1 year old GTE cars.

  2. Luc

    December 11, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Lexus is sold in Europe. Acura NSX is sold as Honda NSX

  3. Michael Sørensen

    December 11, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    GT3 cars are mostly very different to GTE. Ferrari 488 can be converted quite easily but the others no… the closest Acura / Lexus will get is the ‘Road to Le Mans’ race on Sunday morning…

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