Le Mans reveals expanded 62-car entry list for 2019 WEC finale

Gary Watkins
Autosport
Le Mans reveals expanded 62-car entry list
Le Mans reveals expanded 62-car entry list

The Le Mans 24 Hours grid will be increased to 62 cars for this year's race with the addition of an extra pair of pitboxes.

The High Class Racing and United Autosport LMP2 entries in first and second places on the reserve list will now take part in the race.

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Le Mans organiser the Automobile Club de l'Ouest decided to build two temporary garages at the start of the pitlane in time for this year's World Endurance Championship finale on June 15/16.

ACO president Pierre Fillon said: "In February, the selection committee faced a harder task than it has in many years.

"There were 75 applications - all of a high standard - and it was particularly difficult to choose 60, only 60 of them should I say.

"We quickly came to the conclusion that we had to find a way of accepting additional competitors, and our crews confirmed the feasibility of adding two garages to pit lane.

He added that the ACO was "overjoyed" to be able to accept the biggest ever field in the history of the race.

Le Mans reveals expanded 62-car entry list
Le Mans reveals expanded 62-car entry list

The ACO is also looking at a more permanent solution to expanding the grid.

This is understood to involve the redevelopment of the far end of the pitlane, where semi-permanent boxes have gradually increased the capacity of the grid for Le Mans since the present 48-car pit complex was built for the 1991 race.

The Danish High Class squad, a regular in the European Le Mans Series, has entered a ORECA 07-Gibson for what will be its Le Mans debut under its own name.

Fellow ELMS regulars United Autosports gained its first Le Mans entry for its victory in last winter's Asian Le Mans Series and hit out at the ACO after failing to land a firm second entry.

The line-up in its second Ligier-Gibson JSP217 includes prototype regular Alex Brundle.

2019 Le Mans 24 Hours entries

No.

Class

Team

Car

Drivers

1

LMP1

Rebellion Racing

Rebellion R13-Gibson

Neel Jani, Andre Lotterer, Bruno Senna

3

LMP1

Rebellion Racing

Rebellion R13-Gibson

Thomas Laurent, Nathanael Berthon, Gustavo Menezes

4

LMP1

ByKolles Racing Team

ENSO CLM P1/01-Nissan

Tom Dillmann

7

LMP1

Toyota Gazoo Racing

Toyota TS050 HYBRID

Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, Jose Maria Lopez

8

LMP1

Toyota Gazoo Racing

Toyota TS050 HYBRID

Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, Fernando Alonso

10

LMP1

DragonSpeed

BR Engineering BR1-Gibson

Henrik Hedman, Ben Hanley, Renger van der Zande

11

LMP1

SMP Racing

BR Engineering BR1-AER

Vitaly Petrov, Mikhail Aleshin, Jenson Button

17

LMP1

SMP Racing

BR Engineering BR1-AER

Stephane Sarrazin, Egor Orudzhev, Sergey Sirotkin

20

LMP2

High Class Racing

ORECA 07-Gibson

Andres Fjordbach, Dennis Anderson

20

LMP2

United Autosports

Ligier JSP217-Gibson

Phil Hanson, Filipe Albuquerque

26

LMP2

G-Drive Racing

ORECA 07-Gibson

Romain Rusinov

28

LMP2

TDS Racing

ORECA 07-Gibson

Francois Perrodo, Matthieu Vaxiviere, Loic Duval

29

LMP2

Racing Team Nederland

Dallara P217 07-Gibson

Frits van Eerd, Giedo van der Garde, Nyck de Vries

31

LMP2

DragonSpeed

ORECA 07-Gibson

Roberto Gonzalez, Pastor Maldonado, Anthony Davidson

26

LMP2

Signatech Alpine

Alpine A470-Gibson

Nico Lapierre, Andre Negrao, Pierre Thiriet

37

LMP2

Jackie Chan DC Racing

ORECA 07-Gibson

David Heinemeier Hansson

38

LMP2

Jackie Chan DC Racing

ORECA 07-Gibson

Ho-Pin Tung, Stephane Richelmi, Gabriel Aubry

43

LMP2

RLR M Sport

ORECA 07-Gibson

John Farano

50

LM2

Larbre Competition

Ligier JSP217-Gibson

Erwin Creed, Romano Ricci

51

GTE Pro

AF Corse

Ferrari 488 GTE Evo

Alessandro Pier Guidi, James Calado, Daniel Serra

66

GTE Pro

Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK

Ford GT

Stefan Mucke, Olivier Pla

67

GTE Pro

Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK

Ford GT

Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell

71

GTE Pro

AF Corse

Ferrari 488 GTE Evo

Davide Rigon, Sam Bird, Miguel Molina

81

GTE Pro

BMW Team MTEK

BMW M8 GTE

Nicky Catsburg

82

GTE Pro

BMW Team MTEK

BMW M8 GTE

Augusto Frafus

91

GTE Pro

Porsche GT Team

Porsche 911 RSR

Richard Lietz, Gianmaria Bruni, Fred Makowiecki

92

GTE Pro

Porsch GT Team

Porsche 911 RSR

Michael Christensen, Kevin Estre, Laurens Vanthoor

95

GTE Pro

Aston Martin Racing

Aston Martin Vantage AMR

Nicki Thiim, Marco Sorensen

97

GTE Pro

Aston Martin Racing

Aston Martin Vantage AMR

Maximie Martin, Alex Lynn

54

GTE Am

Spirit of Race

Ferrari 488 GTE

Thomas Flohr, Francesco Castellacci, Giancarlo Fisichella

56

GTE Am

Team Project 1

Porsche 911 RSR

Jorg Bergmeister, Patrick Lindsey, Egidio Perfetti

61

GTE Am

Clearwater Racing

Ferarri 488 GTE

Luis Perez Companc, Matt Griffin, Matteo Cressoni

62

GTE Am

Weathertech Racing

Ferrari 488 GTE

Cooper Macneil

70

GTE Am

MR Racing

Ferrari 488 GTE

Motoaki Ishikawa, Olivier Beretta, Eddie Cheever

77

GTE Am

Dempset-Proton Racing

Porsche 911 RSR

Matt Campbell

88

GTE Am

Dempsey-Proton Racing

Porsche 911 RSR

Satoshi Hoshino, Gianluca Roda, Matteo Cairoli

99

GTE Am

Dempsey-Proton Racing

Porsche 911 RSR

Patrick Long

78

GTE Am

Proton Competition

Porsche 911 RSR

Chen

84

GTE Am

JMW Motorsport

Ferrari 488 GTE

Jonny Cocker

85

GTE Am

Keating Motorsports

Ford GT

Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen, Felipe Fraga

86

GTE Am

Gulf Racing

Porsche 911 RSR

Michael Wainwright, Ben Barker

90

GTE Am

TF Sport

Aston Martin Vantage

Salih Yoluc, Eaun Alers-Hankey, Charlie Eastwood

98

GTE Am

Aston Martin Racing

Aston Martin Vantage

Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy, Mathias Lauda

60

GTE Am

Kessel Racing

Ferrari 488 GTE

Claudio Schiavoni

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