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Post by erwin greven » 2 months ago

First 42 Le Mans Entries Revealed: Full Season WEC & Auto Entries Confirmed

ACO opt to reduce number in first tranche - Ginetta LMP1s not selected thus far - IMSA GTLMs must wait

42 of the 60 entries for the 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours have now been confirmed, the ACO revealing the list this year for the first time in a two-stage process.

The ACO initially announced last November that today’s batch would see 50 of the 60 entries confirmed with the balance, plus a 10 car reserve list set to be confirmed on 1 March, following the conclusion of the 2018/19 Asian Le Mans Series on 24 February at Sepang which will see a further 4 Auto entries decided.

Instead, today’s announcement encompasses only the full-season 2018/19 FIA WEC cars, plus the automatic entries from other races and series that have opted to take up that opportunity.

The 42 is composed of 34 full season WEC entries and eight further automatic entries. The ACO has revealed that 75 teams applied.

There are few surprises though the absence of both TRSM Ginetta LMP1 cars ranks as something of a shock for some, the Ginetta factory having recently regained control of the entries from their former customers and was known to have posted a pair of entries for the now AER powered cars.

Of the initial 11 auto entries awarded thus far, eight have opted to take up the opportunity: Toyota, Porsche and Signatech Alpine have not, all three awarded for their racing success at Le Mans last year.

There is no news yet of which of the full season IMSA GTLM cars will be added to the entry – a surprising move at this point from the ACO.

Amongst the confirmations is the first ever privately-entered Ford GT for Keating Motorsports, as revealed yesterday on DSC, Ben Keating telling DSC that “As a third generation Ford dealer with three Ford dealerships in Texas, I am excited to be the first ever GTE Am Ford GT entry. I have a life-long relationship with Ford so rolling out at Le Mans with a Ford GT is going to be a very special moment for me.”

Still to come therefore in the second tranche are the four Asian Le Mans Series Auto entries, plus any additional GTE Pro entrants from the IMSA entry, plus additional LMP2 and/ or GTE entries from the ELMS, Asian Le Mans Series and/ or IMSA – though the likelihood is that the balance will be dominated by full season 2018 ELMS LMP2 squads.

Here, for now, is the confirmed entry list with any notable changes mentioned (driver squads unchanged unless noted):

LMP1

#1 – Rebellion Racing – R-13 Gibson – Michelin – WEC
#3 – Rebellion Racing – R-13 Gibson – Michelin – WEC
#4 – ByKolles Racing Team – ENSO CLM P1/01 – Michelin – WEC – Only Tom Dillman named
#7 – Toyota Gazoo Racing – TS050 HYBRID – Michelin – WEC
#8 – Toyota Gazoo Racing – TS050 HYBRID – Michelin – WEC
#10 – DragonSpeed – BR1 Gibson – Michelin – WEC
#11 – SMP Racing – BR1 AER – Michelin – WEC – Jenson Button confirmed as a returnee
#17 – SMP Racing – BR1 AER – Michelin – WEC

LMP2

#28 – TDS Racing – ORECA 07 Gibson – Dunlop – WEC
#29 – Racing Team Nederland – Dallara P217 – Michelin – WEC – De Vries confirmed for LM debut
#31 – DragonSpeed – ORECA 07 Gibson – Michelin – WEC
#36 – Signatech Alpine – A470 Gibson – Michelin – WEC
#37 – Jackie Chan DC Racing – ORECA 07 Gibson – Dunlop – WEC – Only Heinemeier Hansson named
#38 – Jackie Chan DC Racing – ORECA 07 Gibson – Dunlop – WEC
#50 – Larbre Competition – Ligier JS P217 – Michelin – WEC – Third seat alongside Creed and Ricci open
#43 RLR MSport/Tower Events – ORECA 07 Gibson – Dunlop (Auto Entry ELMS LMP3 Champions) – Farano and Maini named
#26 – G-Drive Racing – ORECA 07 Gibson – Dunlop (Auto entry ELMS Champions) – Only Rusinov named

GTE Pro

#51 – AF Corse – Ferrari 488 GTE EVO – Michelin – WEC – Daniel Serra returns as third driver
#71 – AF Corse – Ferrari 488 GTE EVO – Michelin – WEC – Miguel Molina confirmed as third driver
#66 – Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK – Ford GT – Michelin – WEC – No third driver named alongside Mucke and Pla
#67 – Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK – Ford GT – Michelin – WEC – No third driver named alongside Priaulx and Tincknell
#81 – BMW Team MTEK – BMW M8 GTE – Michelin – WEC – Nicky Catsburg only confirmed driver
#82 – BMW Team MTEK – BMW M8 GTE – Michelin – WEC – Augusto Farfus only confirmed driver
#91 – Porsche GT Team – Porsche 911 RSR – Michelin – WEC
#92 – Porsche GT Team – Porsche 911 RSR – Michelin – WEC
#95 – Aston Martin Racing – Aston Martin Vantage AMR – Michelin – WEC – No third driver named alongside Thiim and Sorensen
#97 – Aston Martin Racing – Aston Martin Vantage AMR – Michelin – WEC – No third driver named alongside Martin and Lynn

GTE Am

#54 – Spirit of Race – Ferrari 488 GTE – Michelin – WEC
#56 – Team Project 1 – Porsche 91 RSR – Michelin – WEC
#61 – Clearwater Racing – Ferrari 488 GTE – Michelin – WEC – Griffin, Perez Companc and Cressoni continue
#70 – MR Racing – Ferrari 488 GTE – Michelin – WEC
#77 – Dempsey Proton Racing – Porsche 911 RSR – Michelin – WEC – Only Matt Campbell named
#88 – Dempsey Proton Racing – Porsche 911 RSR – Michelin – WEC – Hoshino returns alongside Roda and Carioli
#86 – Gulf Racing – Porsche 911 RSR – Michelin – WEC
#90 – TF Sport – Aston Martin Vantage GTE – Michelin – WEC – Euan Hankey back in for Jonny Adam
#98 – Aston Martin Racing – Aston Martin Vantage GTE – Michelin – WEC
#85 – Keating Motorsports – Ford GT (Ben Keating winner of Bob Akin Trophy in IMSA) – Bleekemolen, Keating and Fraga the named trio
#84 – JMW Motorsports – Ferrari 488 GTE (Auto Entry – 2nd in GTE class in ELMS) – Cocker only driver
#60 – Kessel Racing – Ferrari 488 GTE (Auto Entry – Winners of GT Class in Michelin Le Mans Cup) – First driver confirmed as Schiavoni
#78 – Proton Competition – Porsche 911 RSR (Auto Entry – Winners of GTE class in ELMS) – Chen only named driver
#99 – Dempsey Proton Racing – Porsche 911 RSR (Auto Entry – Winners of GTE Am at 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours) – Pat Long confirmed as first driver
#62 – WeatherTech Racing – Ferrari 488 GTE (IMSA Nominated Auto Entry) – Cooper MacNeil confirmed
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Post by erwin greven » 2 months ago

Daniel Lloyd wrote:ACO Tweaks Le Mans Safety Car Procedure

ACO to revise its Le Mans safety car, FCY procedures after Porsche’s dominant 2018 win…


The Automobile Club de l’Ouest has revised its approach to safety cars ahead of this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans in response to Porsche’s dominant GTE-Pro victory in 2018.

Full Course Yellows will now be implemented where possible to control the field through incident areas, in a bid not to disrupt cars battling for position and maximize green-flag running.

Safety cars and Slow Zones will continue to be used, but ACO sporting director Vincent Beaumesnil confirmed that FCYs, which restrict the entire field to 80 km/h (50 mph), will become the preferred method of intervention.

Beaumesnil explained that the change of tactic was made to ensure no cars gain an unassailable advantage through a safety car, following consultation with teams about last year’s race.

At Le Mans, three separate safety cars are used because of the length of the 8.5-mile Circuit de la Sarthe, compared with other FIA World Endurance Championship tracks.

Last year, the Porsche 911 RSR of Kevin Estre, Michael Christensen and Laurens Vanthoor benefited from this measure to gain a huge early lead when it pitted shortly before a safety car period that its class rivals all pitted under.

The gap between the cars was exacerbated by the fact that the Porsche had been picked up by the first safety car whereas its competitors had emerged behind the second because they were held by a red light at pit exit.

After the race, multiple GTE-Pro team managers and drivers questioned the procedure that split up the class and ultimately paved the way for Porsche to win by over a lap.

“Among the topics raised, one concerned the GTE-Pro class and the consequences of the safety car intervening early in the race,” said Beaumesnil.

“We gave it a great deal of consideration and came up with some new features for the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans, like a Full Course Yellow.

“We will employ a Full Course Yellow with a different aim and mindset than for other WEC races where it is used in a greater number of instances.

“Le Mans has Slow Zone procedures that will still be frequently used. We studied the cases we have faced in recent years and concluded that a Full Course Yellow would have avoided the deployment of certain Safety Cars.”

Beaumesnil said that a FCY would be the most appropriate course of action for incidents that can be cleaned up “over a short period of time”.

Unlike shorter WEC races, cars that pit under FCY conditions at Le Mans can only accept five seconds of emergency fuel and must return for a second full service once racing resumes.

“Complex situations call for a safety car – a long and impactful process with three such cars – we will now be able to neutralize the track with a Full Course Yellow,” he said.

“This will potentially allow for a speedy resolution to the situation and the restarting of the race as quickly as possible without the complexities of the safety car.”

The ACO has also changed its Le Mans pit-exit procedure during safety car periods to ensure cars remain in the same group for when the race returns to green.

“What happened last year in GTE had a definite impact on the outcome of the race,” said Beaumesnil.

“They had no choice but to wait [in the pits]. The analysis conducted with the teams caused us to modify the beginning of the procedure: unlike in 2018, cars already in pit lane when the safety car is brought out will not be blocked at the exit of pit lane when trying to return to the track until after the passage of the second safety car.

“Once those cars are back out, the safety car rules return to normal and cars may only exit the pit lane behind a safety car and the cars trailing it.”
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Post by erwin greven » 1 month ago

2019 Le Mans 24 Hours Entry Complete After Final 14 Cars Announced
Lots of surprises, 10 reserves also now listed, full list at the bottom

1 March 2019, 1:04 PM

The field is now set for the 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours, the ACO today announcing the final 14 entries in the second phase new-for-2019 system to release the entry list.

This comes after last weekend’s Asian Le Mans finale, where the final four automatic invitations to the race were handed out to United Autosports, Car Guy, Inter Europol and ARC Bratislava.

The 14 cars announced today and the 10 reserves are:
[I added the earlier confirmed entries too in this list. Marked in blue text]


LMP1

#1 – Rebellion Racing – R-13 Gibson – Michelin – WEC
#3 – Rebellion Racing – R-13 Gibson – Michelin – WEC
#4 – ByKolles Racing Team – ENSO CLM P1/01 – Michelin – WEC – Only Tom Dillman named
#7 – Toyota Gazoo Racing – TS050 HYBRID – Michelin – WEC
#8 – Toyota Gazoo Racing – TS050 HYBRID – Michelin – WEC
#10 – DragonSpeed – BR1 Gibson – Michelin – WEC
#11 – SMP Racing – BR1 AER – Michelin – WEC – Jenson Button confirmed as a returnee
#17 – SMP Racing – BR1 AER – Michelin – WEC


LMP2
#28 – TDS Racing – ORECA 07 Gibson – Dunlop – WEC
#29 – Racing Team Nederland – Dallara P217 – Michelin – WEC – De Vries confirmed for LM debut
#31 – DragonSpeed – ORECA 07 Gibson – Michelin – WEC
#36 – Signatech Alpine – A470 Gibson – Michelin – WEC
#37 – Jackie Chan DC Racing – ORECA 07 Gibson – Dunlop – WEC – Only Heinemeier Hansson named
#38 – Jackie Chan DC Racing – ORECA 07 Gibson – Dunlop – WEC
#50 – Larbre Competition – Ligier JS P217 – Michelin – WEC – Third seat alongside Creed and Ricci open
#43 RLR MSport/Tower Events – ORECA 07 Gibson – Dunlop (Auto Entry ELMS LMP3 Champions) – Farano and Maini named
#26 – G-Drive Racing – ORECA 07 Gibson – Dunlop (Auto entry ELMS Champions) – Only Rusinov named


Added:
#47 – Cetilar Racing Villorba Corse – Dallara P217 – ELMS 2018, WEC 2019/20 – Roberto Lacorte
#25 – Algarve Pro Racing – ORECA 07 – Dunlop – ELMS – Mark Patterson, Andrea Pizzitola, John Falb
#23 – Panis Barthez – Ligier JS P217 – Michelin – ELMS – Rene Binder
#39 – GRAFF – ORECA 07 – Dunlop – ELMS – Tristan Gommendy
#48 – IDEC Sport – ORECA 07 – Michelin – ELMS – P Lafargue


GTE Pro

#51 – AF Corse – Ferrari 488 GTE EVO – Michelin – WEC – Daniel Serra returns as third driver
#71 – AF Corse – Ferrari 488 GTE EVO – Michelin – WEC – Miguel Molina confirmed as third driver
#66 – Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK – Ford GT – Michelin – WEC – No third driver named alongside Mucke and Pla
#67 – Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK – Ford GT – Michelin – WEC – No third driver named alongside Priaulx and Tincknell
#81 – BMW Team MTEK – BMW M8 GTE – Michelin – WEC – Nicky Catsburg only confirmed driver
#82 – BMW Team MTEK – BMW M8 GTE – Michelin – WEC – Augusto Farfus only confirmed driver
#91 – Porsche GT Team – Porsche 911 RSR – Michelin – WEC
#92 – Porsche GT Team – Porsche 911 RSR – Michelin – WEC
#95 – Aston Martin Racing – Aston Martin Vantage AMR – Michelin – WEC – No third driver named alongside Thiim and Sorensen
#97 – Aston Martin Racing – Aston Martin Vantage AMR – Michelin – WEC – No third driver named alongside Martin and Lynn


Added:
#63 – Corvette Racing – Corvette C7.R – Michelin – IMSA – Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia, Mike Rockenfeller
#64 – Corvette Racing – Corvette C7.R – Michelin – IMSA – Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner, Marcel Fassler
#68 – Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA – Ford GT – Michelin – IMSA – Joey Hand, Dirk Muller, Sebastien Bourdais
#69 – Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA – Ford GT – Michelin – IMSA – Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook, Scott Dixon
#89 – Risi Competizione – Ferrari 488 GTE – Michelin – IMSA – Stephane Ortelli, Pierre Kaffer
#93 – Porsche GT Team – Porsche 911 RSR – Michelin – IMSA – Patrick Pilet, Earl Bamber, Nick Tandy
#95 – Porsche GT Team – Porsche 911 RSR – Michelin – IMSA – Sven Muller, Matthieu Jaminet, Dennis Olsen


GTE Am

#54 – Spirit of Race – Ferrari 488 GTE – Michelin – WEC
#56 – Team Project 1 – Porsche 91 RSR – Michelin – WEC
#61 – Clearwater Racing – Ferrari 488 GTE – Michelin – WEC – Griffin, Perez Companc and Cressoni continue
#70 – MR Racing – Ferrari 488 GTE – Michelin – WEC
#77 – Dempsey Proton Racing – Porsche 911 RSR – Michelin – WEC – Only Matt Campbell named
#88 – Dempsey Proton Racing – Porsche 911 RSR – Michelin – WEC – Hoshino returns alongside Roda and Carioli
#86 – Gulf Racing – Porsche 911 RSR – Michelin – WEC
#90 – TF Sport – Aston Martin Vantage GTE – Michelin – WEC – Euan Hankey back in for Jonny Adam
#98 – Aston Martin Racing – Aston Martin Vantage GTE – Michelin – WEC
#85 – Keating Motorsports – Ford GT (Ben Keating winner of Bob Akin Trophy in IMSA) – Bleekemolen, Keating and Fraga the named trio
#84 – JMW Motorsports – Ferrari 488 GTE (Auto Entry – 2nd in GTE class in ELMS) – Cocker only driver
#60 – Kessel Racing – Ferrari 488 GTE (Auto Entry – Winners of GT Class in Michelin Le Mans Cup) – First driver confirmed as Schiavoni
#78 – Proton Competition – Porsche 911 RSR (Auto Entry – Winners of GTE class in ELMS) – Chen only named driver
#99 – Dempsey Proton Racing – Porsche 911 RSR (Auto Entry – Winners of GTE Am at 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours) – Pat Long confirmed as first driver
#62 – WeatherTech Racing – Ferrari 488 GTE (IMSA Nominated Auto Entry) – Cooper MacNeil confirmed


Added:
#55 – Spirit of Race – Ferrari 488 GTE – ELMS – Duncan Cameron, Aaron Scott
#83 – Kessel Racing – Ferrari 488 GTE – ELMS – Manuela Gostner, Rahel Frey, Michelle Gatting


Reserves

1. #30 – Duquiene Engineering – ORECA 07 – Michelin – ELMS
2. #20 – High Class Racing – ORECA 07 – Dunlop – ELMS
3. #32 – United Autosports – Ligier JS P217 – Michelin – ELMS
4. #33 – Eurasia – Ligier JS P217 – Asian Le Mans
5. #24 – Panis Barthez – Ligier JS P217 – Michelin – ELMS
6. #27 – IDEC Sport – Ligier JS P217 – Michelin – ELMS
7. #80 – Ebimotors – Porsche 911 RSR – ELMS
8. #58 – Project 1 – Porsche 911 RSR – ELMS
9. #44 – Meyer Shank Racing – ORECA 07
10. #79 – TF Sport/Red River Sport – Aston Martin Vantage AMR
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Post by Everso Biggyballies » 1 month ago

Thanks @erwin greven for the updates. Happy to see JB returning. Hopefully it will be better than last year.

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Post by erwin greven » 3 weeks ago

Le Mans entry loses a Ferrari GT, adds a P2

The Le Mans list features one key omission — the Swiss-flagged No. 55 Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GTE being withdrawn from the GTE Am class. Last year the car was driven in the ELMS by Aaron Scott, Duncan Cameron and Matt Griffin, Cameron and came close to winning the title.

With the Ferrari taken off the list, Duqueine Engineering’s ORECA 07 Gibson — which was first reserve — has been given the green light to compete, bringing the LMP2 class total to 18 cars.

The grid now breaks down as follows:

8 LMP1s
18 LMP2s (instead of 17)
17 LMGTE Pros
17 LMGTE Ams (instead of 18)
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Post by Cheeveer » 3 weeks ago

The fewer AM cars the better
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