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Final 14 Cars Confirmed for 24H Le Mans

Final 14 entries for 24H Le Mans announced; IMSA teams confirmed plus ten reserves…

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The final wave of entries for the 24 Hours of Le Mans has been released, bringing the total number of cars for the French endurance classic up to 60.

GTE-Pro entries from Corvette Racing, Risi Competizione, Porsche GT Team and the U.S.-based Ford Chip Ganassi Racing squad have all been accepted.

Chevrolet will return with two Corvette C7.Rs, the No. 63 driven by Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen and Mike Rockenfeller and the No. 64 featuring Tommy Milner, Oliver Gavin and Marcel Fassler.

Risi will bring a third Ferrari 488 GTE onto the grid in addition to the two FIA World Endurance Championship full-season entries from AF Corse, with Stephane Ortelli and Pierre Kaffer named to drive.

Ford and Porsche have both doubled the size of their entries for the second year running to four cars each.

The final entry list includes the four teams that earned automatic invitations for clinching their respective Asian Le Mans Series class titles last weekend.

United Autosports, ARC Bratislava and Inter Europol Competition will each field single Ligier JS P217 Gibsons, while Car Guy Racing is confirmed in the GTE-Am category with a Ferrari 488 GTE.

Other additions in the LMP2 class include Panis-Barthez Competition (Ligier), Algarve Pro Racing (Oreca), Graff (Oreca), Villorba Corse (Dallara) and IDEC Sport (Oreca).

Algarve Pro is the only one of those teams to have named a full three-driver lineup, with Mark Patterson, John Falb and reigning European Le Mans Series champion Pizzitola listed.

Despite rumors of an entry request by Ginetta and possible third SMP Racing BR Engineering BR1 AER, no additions to the LMP1 category, while only three extra cars feature in GTE-Am after the class already made up a quarter of the field following the initial entry release last month.

ELMS teams Spirit of Race and Kessel Racing, which is fielding an all-female driver lineup, complete the pro-am GT class.

Surprises on Reserve List

The other all-female lineup is the Meyer Shank Racing Oreca 07 Gibson, which has been selected as ninth reserve.

Duqueine Engineering holds the first reserve slot with its Oreca, ahead of High Class Racing, United Autosports and Eurasia Motorsport.

French LMP2 teams Panis-Barthez Competition and IDEC Sport take up the next two positions, ahead of the first GTE-Am reserve which is the Ebimotors Porsche 911 RSR.

Team Project 1 and TF Sport, which already have a car each in the field owing to their WEC commitments, are also listed as back-ups. 

A total of 75 entry submissions were made before the Jan. 31 deadline for the 87th running of Le Mans.

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

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