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Final Seats Confirmed for Le Mans

Seats filled at G-Drive, Graff, Ferrari and Porsche for 24H Le Mans…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

All but one seat for the 24 Hours of Le Mans has now been confirmed, following the release of the nearly completed entry list by the ACO on Tuesday.

A number of changes have been made since the initial release of the 60-car entry list, although for the second consecutive year, there have been no withdrawals.

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In addition to Toyota Gazoo Racing’s driver shakeup, which sees Jose Maria Lopez and Stephane Sarrazin swap cars for Le Mans, ByKolles Racing’s lineup of Oliver Webb, James Rossiter and Dominik Kraihamer have been confirmed for its LMP1 entry.

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship driver Jose Gutierrez, meanwhile, has been confirmed as the final driver in the No. 22 G-Drive Racing Oreca 07 Gibson in LMP2, taking the seat occupied by Leo Roussel in the team’s European Le Mans Series effort.

Both of the Graff Racing Orecas, meanwhile, will retain its ELMS lineups of Enzo Guibbert, Eric Trouillet, James Winslow (No. 39) and James Allen, Franck Matelli and Richard Bradley (No. 40).

Ferrari factory drivers Olivier Beretta and Andrea Bertolini, meanwhile, have been confirmed in the No. 54 Spirit of Race and No. 83 DH Racing Ferrari 488 GTE entries, respectively, with Beretta filling the seat of Miguel Molina, who moves to the No. 71 AF Corse Ferrari in GTE-Pro for the race.

Five of the six drivers for Proton Competition’s two Le Mans-only entries, also in GTE-Am, have been set, with Patrick Long set to be joined by Abdulaziz Al Faisal and Mike Hedlund in the No. 93 Porsche 911 RSR and Nick Yelloly and Stephane Lemeret the only two confirmed drivers in the No. 88 car so far.

Porsche factory driver Wolf Henzler was initially the nominated driver for the Proton entry but is understood to no longer be in the mix.

Proton’s fourth Porsche, entered under the Mentos-Proton Racing banner, remains as the lone remaining reserve entry, although is increasingly unlikely to compete in the French endurance classic.

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. Mike S.

    May 16, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Go Risi!!! Go Scuderia Corsa in GT-AM. Go Chevy and Aston. Tired of Fords and they have a reckoning coming (and not because I am anti-Ford person). Karma is waiting

  2. DC

    May 16, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    Was afraid Pat Long would be left without a LeMans ride. Glad he got one and continue the streak. Go Pat Go!!

  3. Jenner

    May 17, 2017 at 12:17 am

    So if WTR put the Gibson motor back in and swapped bodywork back to the stock Dallara, would they be on the entry list for the Greatest Sportscar race in the World?

    I wonder how they would compete against all the other P2’s. There’s some pretty well prepared teams over there in Europe. Some good drivers too.

    • Travis McBee

      May 17, 2017 at 1:21 am

      They could do Max, Ricky and Jordan due to the drivers ratings! If only lol

      • David Chaste

        May 17, 2017 at 3:01 am

        A beast of a lineup. But the setup of a imsa P2 could trip them up. The engine, electronics, set gear ratios, tires, and race strategies are different. This happened when highcroft came to lemans and was a heavy favorite. The imsa p2 setup was completely different to the lemans setup and they never tried it in testing. Strakka with the same car and a gentleman driver outclassed them.

  4. KW

    May 17, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    No big surprises here, maybe except the fact that Nick Yelloly is getting his Le Mans debut. Small mistake in the article: Graff did not retain the same lineup as in the ELMS series, as James Winslow is replacing Pierre Petit for Le Mans. I expect Egidio Perfetti to move from the 4th Proton entry on the reserve list to the #93 entry, as the third driver has to be “Bronze”.
    Great to have such a strong LMP2 field, but I hope for a better LMP1 field in 2018 instead of lots of GTE-Am cars.

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