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Briscoe Returns to Glickenhaus Hypercar Lineup for Le Mans

Ryan Briscoe back in SCG’s driver lineup for 24H Le Mans; full entry list revealed…

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Ryan Briscoe will return to Glickenhaus Racing’s Hypercar driver lineup for the team’s 24 Hours of Le Mans debut, as confirmed on the full entry list for the race on Aug. 21-22.

Briscoe will team up with Richard Westbrook and Romain Dumas in the No. 709 Glickenhaus SCG 007 LMH, reuniting the trio that gave the American constructor its FIA World Endurance Championship debut in the 8 Hours of Portimao last month.

The No. 708 Glickenhaus will be shared by Pipo Derani, Olivier Pla and Franck Mailleux, who joined Westbrook and Dumas in the No. 709 for last weekend’s WEC race at Monza.

The Glickenhaus trios appeared an updated version of the 62-car entry list dated July 20. Team owner Jim Glickenhaus has since verified those lineups to Sportscar365.

Briscoe was on-site supporting the Glickenhaus team at Monza despite being shuffled out of a race seat, as the team rotated through its group of seven contracted drivers.

The 2020 Rolex 24 at Daytona winner, whose last Le Mans outing came in 2019 with the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing GTE-Pro squad, effectively replaces Gustavo Menezes who appeared in the No. 708 at Monza but is not signed up for the 24-hour race.

Other additions to the full Le Mans entry list include reigning Pirelli GT4 America champion Robby Foley and Rodrigo Sales in the JMW Motorsport Ferrari 488 GTE Evo.

Foley, who is a multiple IMSA GT Daytona race winner with BMW outfit Turner Motorsport, is set for his Le Mans debut alongside JMW’s European Le Mans Series regular Sales and French rising star Thomas Neubauer.

Herberth Motorsport has switched from a Ferrari to a Porsche 911 RSR-19 for its Le Mans debut, while Rolf Ineichen and Rolf Bohn have joined Robert Renauer in the lineup.

The German organization is an experienced operator of Porsche GT3 machinery and qualified for the 24-hour race by winning the Asian Le Mans Series title with a 911 GT3 R.

Elsewhere in GTE-Am, Felipe Fernandez Laser and Gianluca Giraudi are set to join Patrick Long in the No. 99 Proton Competition Porsche.

In LMP2, the Racing Team India/Eurasia Ligier JS P217 Gibson now features James Winslow, John Corbett and Tom Cloet, leaving no Indian drivers in the setup.

Ex-Formula 1 competitor Narain Karthikeyan and Arjun Maini were initially listed as drivers of what is now the only Ligier on the grid, following ARC Bratislava’s conversion to an Oreca 07 Gibson. However, neither driver is shown on the updated entry. 

There have been no lineup adjustments in GTE-Pro. Laurens Vanthoor and Earl Bamber have been added to the entry list following their recent confirmation as drivers of the WeatherTech Racing Porsche.

No withdrawals have been made for the 89th running of Le Mans, while none of the four reserve list entries have dropped out.

Of note, Toni Vilander has joined No. 62 AF Corse Ferrari which is on the reserve list. The Finn replaces Sergey Sirotkin who appeared on an earlier version of the entry. Vilander drove that car with Christoph Ulrich and Simon Mann in the 6 Hours of Monza.

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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