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Final 24H Le Mans Entry List Confirmed

Driver lineups confirmed for next month’s 24 Hours of Le Mans…

Photo: John Dagys

The complete entry list for next month’s 24 Hours of Le Mans has been released by the ACO, featuring finalized driver lineups and confirmation of LMP1 entries from CEFC TRSM Racing, SMP Racing and DragonSpeed.

The status of all three teams had been in question following the FIA World Endurance Championship season-opening round at Spa due to separate incidents.

ENTRY LIST: 24 Hours of Le Mans

In addition to a driver change at Manor, which sees Mike Simpson replace Dean Stoneman, no other changes have been made in LMP1, with both SMP Racing BR Engineering BR1 AERs and the Ginetta-powered BR1 from DragonSpeed confirmed.

LMP2 has seen the lineups of both of the Jackie Chan DC Racing Ligier JS P217 Gibsons finalized, headlined by Ricky Taylor, with Andrea Pizzitola, as expected, confirmed as the third driver in the No. 26 G-Drive Racing Oreca 07 Gibson.

Norman Nato and reigning Asian Le Mans Series champion Harrison Newey are the final two drivers in SMP’s Dallara P217 Gibson.

GTE-Am, meanwhile, sees confirmation of Spencer Pumpelly and Tim Pappas in the No. 99 Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR.

No changes have been made to any lineups in GTE-Pro, despite rumors of Tom Blomqvist potentially gaining a race seat with BMW Team MTEK amid his exit from Formula E.

Two cars, the No. 55 Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GTE of Duncan Cameron, Aaron Scott and Marco Cioci, as well as the Dennis Anderson and Anders Fjordback-listed No. 49 High Class Racing Dallara, remain on the reserve list.

The seven other reserves, including first reserve KCMG, have since been withdrawn.

Several Drivers Added for Test Day

Multiple teams have added drivers to its lineup for the Le Mans Test Day, which is set to run on June 3.

Toyota test and reserve driver Anthony Davidson is listed in both of the Toyota TS050 Hybrids, as well as Fernando Alonso and Jose Maria Lopez. 

Wayne Boyd is listed in the two United Autosports Ligiers, with Ryan Cullen and Matt McMurry in the No. 25 Algarve Pro Racing Ligier.

Alexandre Imperatori, who subbed for Jean-Eric Vergne in the European Le Mans Series season-opener at Paul Ricard last month, meanwhile, is a fourth driver in the No. 26 G-Drive Oreca.

The No. 39 Graff-SO24 Oreca, meanwhile, lists Alexandre Cougnaud as an additional driver, with Nick Yelloly as a fourth in the No. 56 Team Project 1 Porsche in GTE-Am.

Porsche, meanwhile, will utilize Dirk Werner in both of its Nos. 92 and 93 entries for the test.

Several drivers, including Sebastien Bourdais, Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon, are absent due to IndyCar commitments at Detroit that weekend, while both Augusto Farfus and Phillip Eng will be on DTM duty at the Hungaroring.

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

23 Comments

23 Comments

  1. Jon

    May 17, 2018 at 9:45 am

    So, if the 8 crashes or has a mechanical early on, does Alonso get to do a few stints in the 7 and still win?

    • Bird

      May 17, 2018 at 3:21 pm

      I don’t think drivers switching cars is allowed at Le Mans like at the Nurburgring

  2. Jenner

    May 17, 2018 at 9:50 am

    We know a Cadillac, Acura, or Mazda won’t win.

    • Passenger

      May 18, 2018 at 2:40 am

      Where is Nissan ?

  3. Andy Flinn

    May 17, 2018 at 10:31 am

    Jenner, certainly not in LMP2.

    They ALL have the same Gibson mandated spec engine.

    • Jenner

      May 17, 2018 at 11:21 am

      I apologize, I can be an idiot sometimes!

      • Jenner

        May 17, 2018 at 11:41 am

        Fake Jenner.

        Guess IMSA fans can’t stand that the Crown Jewel of Sportcar racing is happening soon and they have to resort to impersonating someone’s name on fan forums from their mom’s basement. John knows who your fake Grand Am ass is.

        Enjoy the “spectacle” they call the Detroit GP, b/c that what it is. It’s in GM and Ford’s backyard and Corvette and GT40 aren’t even going to be there. HA!!

        • Jenner

          May 17, 2018 at 1:17 pm

          Lol, you’re a troll and all your comments about racing are negative. So expect this to continue! I’m sure John and all the real racing fans are sick of your crybaby ass too!

          • Jenner

            May 17, 2018 at 5:14 pm

            Hey Fake Jenner, we can’t have a opinion? You’re expressing yours.

            I read on another fan forum where IMSA fan was laughing at Fittipaldi’s broken legs. Real classy IMSA fans. What next? IMSA fans rooting for a race car to go into the grandstands?

  4. Anonymous

    May 17, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    There must be some good financial news coming out of Manor Racing otherwise those two G60 P1’s would have been withdrawn already! I really hope what happened in Spa doesn’t happen at La Sarthe.

  5. welp

    May 17, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    Toyota will win the most boring Le Mans in history as they pace the rebellions and go just fast enough in lock step to win without risking anything. Yawn.

    • Arnold

      May 17, 2018 at 12:57 pm

      Even if it is boring in LMP1 (which it may be, but it could always throw a curveball), there’s a 17 factory-backed car grid in GTE Pro. That’ll be mental. The prototypes are just a bonus to that.

      • Max

        May 17, 2018 at 2:16 pm

        Yea, this might be the first LeMans where I’ve been in the “I’m more excited about GTE” camp. Honestly a repeat of last year where everyone in LMP1 is unreliable and we get an LMP2 v.s. LMP1-L fight is the only way Prototype is going to be anything more than a car show.

    • Michal Baranowski

      May 17, 2018 at 1:49 pm

      Toyota’s win isn’t that granted. Judging on their “luck” at Le Mans throughout the history of the race, they can come up again with some misfortunates and bang, Rebellion will take the glory. Let’s remind, that during race at Spa earlier this month, leading Toyota #8 had to slow down in order to save their gearbox which started acting up – after 6 hours. And Le Mans is 24-hour race.

      Same thing with Peugeot in the past. They always seemed way, way faster than Audis (5 seconds of difference in 2008’s qualifying !!!), and yet Audi always somehow managed to come up as winners.

      To sum up – there is not such thing as predictable at Le Mans. We have to wait and see.

    • Johannes275

      May 17, 2018 at 3:41 pm

      “most boring Le Mans in history.”

      Learn what that is, you uneducated ignoramus. Hint hint: It doesn’t exist!

      • Scott Taylor

        May 29, 2018 at 9:20 pm

        @Johannes275 Cringe

  6. KW

    May 17, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    No big surprises with the last confirmed entries, although I would have liked to see some (e.g., I was hoping SMP would bring Daniil Kvyat in their LMP2 entry). I guess that the second Manor entry is still more than insecure; otherwise the second Spirit of Race Ferrari entry wouldn’t be that “ready to go” with a confirmed lineup. And I’m also not sure if we will see the Dragonspeed BR1 if the issue which caused the Spa accident is not solved.

  7. David Chaste

    May 17, 2018 at 11:51 pm

    Toyota winning wont be boring. They deserve it. And no one is talking down audi for whipping up on Pescarolo before Peugeot came along.

    • tubeframessuck

      May 25, 2018 at 9:55 pm

      No Toyota doesn’t deserve it.

      They should be embarrassed. It’s like the 18 year old playing on a Pee Wee team.

  8. Passenger

    May 18, 2018 at 2:45 am

    Wow, lot of Porsche RSR and 488 in GT class and I dont see team AAi in list.

    • Mike D

      May 18, 2018 at 9:46 pm

      AAI chose not to use their automatic entries at the entry deadline in February.

      They don’t really have a suitable car anyway, unless they want to convert one of their 488’s from GT3 to GTE.

  9. GridS2Plaza

    May 18, 2018 at 9:47 am

    LMP1 is a footnote for this race. With the numbers in the other 3 classes, P2 and all of the GT cars should make for exciting racing in those classes.

    It is not hard to pull against Toyota for another one of their classic failures at Lemans.

    For all of Rebellion’s time participating in P1 against the factories when no one else did it would be fitting to see them pull off an overall victory.

    The only other question is will any of the new P1 cars make it to the finish. I’m thinking most, if not all, don’t even make it to the 12 hour mark.

  10. E. Raab

    May 22, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    The REAL race with be in GT Pro/Am and LMP2, considering Toyota only has to show up by itself this year to ‘win’ le Mans by itself.

    Ervin Raab

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