The entry list for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans has been updated once again, and sadly with a few teams dropping out.
The current list has 59 entrants.
Thunderhead Carlin Racing has dropped out of the LMP2 entry list. The team was originally planned to run both the European Le Mans Series and the 24 hours race, but their ELMS programme has been put on pause, and the team hasn’t run any of the first two rounds and isn’t on the entry list for the third round this weekend either.
Kessel Racing has dropped out of GTE Am. They, unfortunately, were not able to find enough drivers for their car.
But Iron Lynx has added a third Ferrari in the field, which will be run by Rino Mastronardi, Matteo Cressoni and Andrea Piccini. Mastronardi is racing for the team in the Michelin Le Mans Cup, where he shares the car with the brother of Andrea, Giacomo. But Giacomo is also team boss for the outfit, so it would take too much focus to race, while being team boss for 24 hours too. Andrea will jump from his regular ELMS #60 to #75, while he will be replaced by Paolo Ruberti.
JMW Motorsport Ferrari #66 has finally got their pairing announced, which has sprung a bit of surprise. Richard Heistand has been announced for the team since day one, and he will be joined by young Maxwell Root and Le Mans veteran Jan Magnussen. Root has done Porsche Cup in the USA for a couple of years, but the 21-year-old doesn’t have much other racing experience than that. Magnussen has been to Le Mans 22 times, but has only started the race 21 times, since he crashed the car heavily in 2015, and the Corvette Racing team had no spare car, and they had to pack up Thursday evening. Magnussen was originally slated to be the lead driver on the High Class Racing entry for their ELMS car, but that car was not able to find the drivers nor the funding, so that deal fell through.
The full list can be found here
The 24 Hours of Le Mans will be run on 19-20 September 2020.