The ACO has briefly reopened entry applications for the 24 Hours of Le Mans amid a delay in the publication of the official 62-car entry list.
In a statement, the organizer of the French enduro declared that a two-day window has been opened for teams to apply for new entries, starting at 3 p.m. CET on Monday (9 a.m. ET) and ending at the same time on Wednesday, March 9.
The extraordinary measure has been taken against a backdrop of sporting impacts on Russian organizations and competitors following the country’s invasion of Ukraine.
Russian LMP2 team G-Drive Racing, which was due to field multiple cars at Le Mans, has stated that it will not take part in the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship.
A date for the publication of the Le Mans entry list has not been set.
The ACO’s statement in full reads: “The 90th 24 Hours of Le Mans – the third round of the FIA World Endurance Championship – will take place on 11–12 June 2022.
“The list of the 62 cars and crews invited to compete in the race, scheduled to be revealed last week, will be released at a later date.
“Recent measures taken by international sporting bodies following the invasion of Ukraine by Russian troops affect motorsport teams and drivers.
“The Selection Committee has therefore decided to invite new applications for the 2022 24 Hours of Le Mans for a limited 48-hour period.
“Candidates must file their applications in due form and in accordance with statutory conditions from 3 p.m. on Monday 7 March until 3 p.m. on Wednesday 9 March.”