The ACO has announced an updated entry list for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The COVID-19 situation has taken another bite off the entry list, so we have used up the 10 original reserves, that actually were ready to race. Several of those have also called their participation off.
That gives us a current list of 60 cars entered for this year’s race.
The LMP1 category has lost one of the Team LNT Ginetta cars, which was slated to be raced by Charlie Robertson, Ben Hanley and Egor Orudzhev. The second car with Michael Simpson, Guy Smith and Chris Dyson is still on the list.
The LMP2 category had lost Rick Ware Racing #12, which should have raced the only Riley MK30 in the field. They won their spot through the Asian Le Mans Series, but there has been a bit of a problem between Cody Ware and the family team, combined with the uncertainty regarding Americans allowed into Europe. That’s the same thing surrounding Performance Tech, who also opted to pull out. They won their spot by being the best LMP2 team in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship last year.
High Class Racing #20 was one of the reserves, with Jan Magnussen next to the car, but the team have opted to just enter their FIA WEC car #33 with Kenta Yamashita, Anders Fjordbach and Mark Patterson.
DragonSpeed got their second car on the list. Felix Rosenqvist is named as one of the drivers, but he will most likely be busy that weekend in the NTT IndyCar Series, and that is most likely first priority for the Swede, who claimed his first Indycar victory last time out.
GEAR Racing is definitely gone from GTE Pro. Christina Nielsen was listed as the driver in the GTE Am category, before the entry moved up to Pro due to the lack of female Bronze rated drivers. GEAR already had some issues with their IMSA programme, where they broke up the collaboration with GRT Grasser Racing Team after just a single race, but there should be something for them in the USA on their way.
The GTE Am category has grown, with Team Project 1 Porsche getting their third car into the field, and Iron Lynx Ferrari getting their second car onto the grid.
The current list is still provisional, since there are two months until the race, and a lot of things can happen with the opening or closing of the borders.