Automobile Club de l’Ouest has revealed the reserve list for the 2021 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
There are a total of four teams on that list.
The first one is AF Corse with an extra Ferrari 488 GTE Evo for the GTE Am category. The car is already fully crewed by Christophe Ulrich, Simon Mann and Sergei Sirotkin, with car number 62.
The second reserve is an extra Algarve Pro Racing car for the LMP2 category. Mark Patterson and Naveen Rao are the named drivers for that car so far. That is a bit strange, since both are Bronze-rated drivers, but you need quite a lot of budget to run at Le Mans – especially if a team needs to enter an extra car compared to what they usually are running during race weekends.
Garage 59 was a part of the Asian Le Mans Series, but narrowly missed out on a Le Mans ticket by a few points. So they have dropped an Aston Martin Vantage GTE Am into the pool of reserves, with Swedish racer Alexander West named as driver.
Last but not least, there is double up on the AF Corse GTE Am front, with car #61. Francesco Piovanetti is listed as the driver of that car. He has done a couple of seasons in the Asian Le Mans Series alongside Ozz Negri Jr, and was part of the 2020 Le Mans too, where they were joined by Come Ledogar. They had probably hoped to be higher up the list, but at least they are on the list.
DragonSpeed had considered entering their old BR1 LMP1 car, but decided against it.
The teams will be called up in this order, in case some of the other teams drop out.
According to our informations, there is at least one team who is struggling with budget. But there is a long time until August, so a lot can happen in those regards.
The full entry list and reserve list can be viewed here.
The 24 Hours of Le Mans 2021 is scheduled for 21-22 August.