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Five Entries Withdrawn from LM24

Significant shakeup in entry list for 24 Hours of Le Mans…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

There’s been a significant shakeup in the entry list for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, with the ACO confirming Monday the withdrawal of five cars for the twice-around-the-clock French endurance classic.

Both Millennium Racing Oreca 03 Nissans, as well as two Aston Martin Racing entries and an additional Aston Martin Vantage V8 from Craft Racing will not take part in the race on June 14-15.

ENTRY LIST: 24 Hours of Le Mans

As a result, the remaining five entries on the reserve list have been given confirmed positions on the grid.

The No. 50 Larbre Competition Morgan-Judd, No. 76 IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, No. 79 ProSpeed Competition Porsche, as well as the Caterham-badged No. 42 Greaves Motorsport Zytek Z11SN Nissan and the No. 29 Pegasus Racing Morgan-Nissan are now all in the race.

No additional reserve entries are left on the list, meaning any additional withdrawals would result in a starting grid of less than 56 cars.

Aston Martin Racing’s initial six-car entry has been trimmed down to its four FIA World Endurance Championship season-long entries only, with the No. 89 GTE-Pro and No. 96 GTE-Am entries having been withdrawn.

“We were, earlier this year, given six places on the grid by the ACO,” confirmed AMR team principal John Gaw. “However, after careful consideration, we decided that we want to focus our concentration on coming away with the best possible results for our four works cars.”

Craft Racing’s No. 87 Vantage, meanwhile, will also not take part, with the entry having been awarded to the team for its runner-up finish in the Asian Le Mans Series last year.

The biggest implication, however, comes with the two Millennium entries in LMP2, which were previously forced out of the opening two FIA WEC rounds due to funding delivery issues.

With the UAE-backed effort, run by Britain’s Delta Motorsport, now not participating in the double-points scoring Le Mans round, there are now serious questions over the program’s future.

Additionally, the ACO released Monday the entry list for the Le Mans Test Day on June 1, which also sees 56 cars but with the absence of the No. 79 ProSpeed Porsche and an additional AF Corse Ferrari F458 Italia for Duncan Cameron.

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

12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. mike

    April 28, 2014 at 9:09 am

    So does this mean Chris Dyson will race in the 24?

    • John Dagys

      April 28, 2014 at 9:18 am

      Chris Dyson was confirmed to race Le Mans months ago. He was moved over to the lead Greaves entry when the Caterham-backed one did not initially get a place on the grid.

  2. Davidvdb

    April 28, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Great to see Labre Competition and IMSA Perfomance Matmut back in this years LM24 🙂

  3. Rob

    April 28, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Hi can anyone tell me why OAK Racing will be using the Morgan P2 instead of the Ligier? i thought OnRoak was part of OAK Racing and therefore it looks weird to me that they are using the old car where TDS and OAK Team Asia are running the Ligier. i might be verry wrong 😉

    • John Dagys

      April 28, 2014 at 2:48 pm

      OAK doesn’t have enough Ligiers go to around for the first race. They are going to run a maximum of 3 Ligiers at Le Mans.. One for TDS, one for OAK Team Asia and another likely for G-Drive. They are making sure their top customers are taken care of first.

      • Rob

        April 28, 2014 at 3:00 pm

        ahh that makes some sense i guess 🙂 still its new to me that a manufacturer prefers their costumers to run the car other then themselfs, thx for reply

  4. Sabrean

    April 28, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    So now GTE is looking more like some kind of Porsche-Ferrari spec race. Shame, I preferred the variety when the Vipers and extra Astons were still on the entry. I hope the remaining Corvettes and Astons can take the fight to the masses now, although it looks like the #99 might struggle a bit judging by Silverstone, I hope not though.

    • Anthony Thomas (@djfourmoney)

      April 28, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      Huh? Two Corvettes in Pro, Two Ferrari’s in Pro, well three if you count the Ram car which still ran behind the AF Corsa cars and the two factory Porsche.

      Two Aston Martins remain, hardly a field dominated by one mark.

      • Sabrean

        April 28, 2014 at 8:29 pm

        I was talking about GTE on the whole, just look at GTE overall now – 13 458s, 8 Porsches, 4 Astons and 2 Corvettes. Not as good it was before in terms of variety.

        • CBN4 (@Ginz44)

          April 28, 2014 at 9:21 pm

          If you think about it, it’s a good point. Almost every privateer team running a GTE car in any championship (not just the 24 hours of Le Mans) has either a Porsche 911 or a Ferrari 458. No Z4’s, Vipers, Corvettes and rarely Aston Martins. Hopefully this will change with the new regulations in 2017.

          • Bakkster

            April 29, 2014 at 9:09 am

            Yes, hopefully the new GT rules will give us the same privateer variety even if only some of the teams choose to enter factory teams.

  5. Matt

    April 28, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Hoping the corvettes kick everybody’s ass

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