Thursday, 17 May 2018

Le Mans: The list of 60 teams invited to present cars and drivers for scrutineering and administrative checks

Just 30 days are left before the 86th 24 Hours of Le Mans.  The Automobile Club has now announced the list of competitors requested to undergo the mandatory pre-race checks on 10 and 11 June.  At this moment the Dragonspeed BR1 and both Ginetta's are on the entry list, fingers crossed those three cars will be on the grid next month ! 

The sixty teams who are invited for this years' 24 Hours of Le Mans  are divided into four classes: 10 cars will run in LMP1, including 2 Hybrids, 20 in LMP2, 17 in LMGTE Pro and 13 in LMGTE Am.  Authorisation to race is subject to these mandatory pre-race checks. Given the glittering line-up, this year’s race (16-17 June) promises to be more exciting than ever. Major manufacturers Toyota, Ferrari, Ford, Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin, BMW and Chevrolet will all be on the grid.

2 cars remain on the reserve car list at the moment: the #54 Spirit of Race Ferrari (GTE AM) of Duncan Cameron, Aaron Scott and Mario Cioci and the #49 High Class Racing Dallara (LMP2) of Anders Fjordback and Dennis Andersen. The Danish team moving up the list, as KCMG was supposed to be second reserve with an entry for the LMP2 class.

As for the crews, the race clearly holds an attraction for Formula One drivers. Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso is contesting the entire World Endurance Championship this season. The Spaniard will not be the only Le Mans rookie from Formula One. He is joined by 2009 world champion Jenson Button, Spanish Grand Prix winner Pastor Maldonado and Juan Pablo Montoya, winner of seven Grand Prix and the Indy 500. Yet more of this year’s drivers have Formula One backgrounds, namely Jean-Eric Vergne, Felipe Nasr, André Lotterer, Kamui Kobayashi, Kazuki Nakajima, Sébastien Buemi, Vitaly Petrov, Stéphane Sarrazin, Paul di Resta, Jan Magnussen, Sébastien Bourdais, Giancarlo Fisichella, Olivier Beretta, Jan Lammers, Bruno Senna and Pedro Lamy.

Le Mans also remains popular with the stars of American sportscar series. Ryan Briscoe and Indy 500 winners Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon will be joining Sébastien Bourdais and Juan Pablo Montoya. Finally, a host of former Le Mans overall winners are back to try their luck again: André Lotterer, Neel Jani, Loïc Duval, Mike Rockenfeller, Marcel Fässler, Nick Tandy, Earl Bamber, Romain Dumas, Jan Lammers and Timo Bernhard. Also on the grid of this 86th edition are winners of the championships such as the WEC, the ELMS and the ALMS that make up the endurance pyramid devised by the ACO.

A week before the scrutineering sessions, many drivers will have the opportunity to test their form on the iconic Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans at the Test Day on 3 June

24 Hours of Le Mans entry list
Test day entry list

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