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#1 HistoryFan

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Posted 02 March 2020 - 10:48

62 cars confirmed

 

Let's have a look at the LMP1 class first. It will be the last Le Mans race with LMP1 class.

 

=> 6 cars are less LMP1 than ever (what was the record before?)

=> 3 cars less than 2019 (ByKolles, DragonSpeed and SMP out, LNT in)

=> 1 LMP1 (ByKolles) is at the reserve list. Was there ever a LMP1 car at the reserve list?

=> There are 4 former overall-winners with with Buemi (2), Nakajima (2), Dumas (2), Hartley (1); it could be Guy Smith in a Ginetta, what would make it 5 former overall-winners.

=> There is 1 rookie: Louis Delétraz

 

LMP1

Toyota #7: Kazuki Nakajima, Sébastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley

Toyota #8: Kamui Kobyashi, José María López, Mike Conway

Rebellion-Gibson #1: Bruno Senna, Gustavo Menezes, Norman Nato

Rebellion-Gibson #2: Nathanel Berthon, Romain Dumas, Louis Delétraz

LNT Ginetta-AER #5: Charlie Robertson, Jordan King?, Luca Ghiotto?

LNT Ginetta-AER #6: Michael Simpson, Guy Smith?, Chris Dyson?

 

Driver changes:

Brendon Hartley replaces Fernando Alonso, last time drive Le Mans and LMP1 with Porsche in 2017 and won it

Gustavo Menzes moves from #2 Rebellion to #1 Rebellion to replace André Lotterer, Menezes replaced by former Le Mans winner Romain Dumas

Norman Nato replace Neel Jani at Rebellion (moves up from LMP2)

Louis Delétraz to replace Thomas Laurent and will run his first Le Mans race.

Charlie Robertson and Michael Simpson back with Ginetta, last time raced for them and in Le Mans in 2018

 



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#2 Henri Greuter

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Posted 02 March 2020 - 10:51

Not less LMP1's than ever before if I recall correct, merely equalizing the record

 

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Posted 02 March 2020 - 10:59

And 2017

 

2 Porsches, 3 Toyotas and the Kolles



#4 HistoryFan

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Posted 02 March 2020 - 14:06

would be nice to see Dumas winning the race... :rotfl:



#5 Henri Greuter

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Posted 02 March 2020 - 14:23

would be nice to see Dumas winning the race... :rotfl:


Not as nice as seeing the LMP1's fail miserably and an LMP2 taking the victory after a mighty battle within the class for class victory as well

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Posted 02 March 2020 - 17:31

GT is the only thing worth watching IMO.  But that's just fine as it's awesome.



#7 Henri Greuter

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Posted 02 March 2020 - 18:56

GT is the only thing worth watching IMO.  But that's just fine as it's awesome.

LMP2 with a good large number of cars an become another cracker. That and the GTs are the categories I'll follow.

LPM1, I don't give a single dam'n about that anymore.



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Posted 02 March 2020 - 19:14

Hurray for BoP!

#9 TTM0TION

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Posted 02 March 2020 - 23:06

LMP2 with a good large number of cars an become another cracker. That and the GTs are the categories I'll follow.

LPM1, I don't give a single dam'n about that anymore.

I am much more interested in the LMP2 class with the news of the IMSA/WEC regulations coming together.



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Posted 03 March 2020 - 11:55

I’ll pay attention this year as ‘The Christina’ drives the 81 GEAR Racing 488 GTE Ferrari

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#11 HistoryFan

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Posted 03 March 2020 - 15:04

Not as nice as seeing the LMP1's fail miserably and an LMP2 taking the victory after a mighty battle within the class for class victory as well

 

Flörsch would be nice...
 



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Posted 03 March 2020 - 18:33

Let's have a look at the LMP2 class:

 

=> 4 former LMP2 class winners: Nicolas Lapierre (4), André Negrao (2), Thomas Laurent (1), Ho-Pin Tung (1)

=> 16 rookies so far: Alexandre Cougnaud, Kenta Yamashita, Cody Ware, Adrien Tambay, Colin Noble, Shane van Gisbergen, Daniel Gaunt, Nobuya Yamanaka, Antonin Borga, Alexandre Coigny, Ben Barnicoat, Jack Manchester, Cameron Cassels, Katherine Legge, Sophia Flörsch, Tatiana Calderón

=> Mark Patterson will break the overall record of being the oldest driver in Le Mans history with 68 years (former record holder is Jack Gerber 2013 also with 68 years)

=> there is an all-female line-up with Katherine Legge, Sophia Flörsch and Tatiana Calderón

=> 14 seats still available

 

LMP2 (24 cars)

Signatech-Alpine (Alpine-Gibson): André Negrão, Thomas Laurent, Pierre Ragues

Jackie Chan (Oreca-Gibson): Ho-Pin Tung, Gabriel Aubry, Will Stevens

United Autosport (Oreca-Gibson): Paul di Resta, Filipe Albuquerque, Philip Hanson

IDEC (Oreca-Gibson): Paul-Loup Chatin, Paul Lafargue, Richard Bradley

G-Drive (Aurus-Gibson): Roman Rusinov, James French?, Léonard Hoogenboom?

Duqueine (Oreca-Gibson): Tristan Gommendy, Jonathan Hirschi, Konstantin Tereshchenko

Panis (Oreca-Gibson): Julien Canal, Nico Jamin, Timothé Buret?

Graff (Oreca-Gibson): Vincent Capillaire, James Allen, Alexandre Cougnaud

Algarve Pro (Oreca-Gibson): John Falb, Simon Trummer, Henning Enqvist?

High Class (Oreca-Gibson): Anders Fjordbach, Mark Patterson, Kenta Yamashita

Cetillar (Dallara-Gibson): Andrea Belicchi, Roberto Lacorte, Giorgio Sernagiotto

United Autosport (Oreca-Gibson): Alex Brundle, Will Owens, Job van Uiert

Racing Team Netherland (Oreca-Gibson): Giedo van der Garde, Nyck de Vries, Frits van Eerd

Inter Europol (Ligier-Gibson): Jakub Smiechowski, René Binder, Mathias Beche?

DragonSpeed (Oreca-Gibson): Memo Rojas, Ryan Cullen, Pipo Derani

Rick Ware (Riley-Gibson): Cody Ware, Gustas Grinsbergas?, Mark Kvamme?

EuroInternational (Ligier-Gibson): Adrien Tambay, Harrison Newey?, Mikkel Jensen?

Nielsen (Oreca-Gibson): Colin Noble, Anthony Wells? Rob Hodes?

Cool (Oreca-Gibson): Nicolas Lapierre, Antonin Borga, Alexandre Coigny

Jota (Oreca-Gibson): Anthony Davidson, Roberto González, Antonio Felix da Costa

Eurasia (Ligier-Gibson): Shane van Gisbergen, Daniel Gaunt, Nobuya Yamanaka

Richard Mille (Oreca-Gibson): Katherine Legge, Sophia Flörsch, Tatiana Calderón

Carlin (Dallara-Gibson): Ben Barnicoat, Jack Manchester, Harry Tricknell?

Performance Tech (Oreca-Gibson): Cameron Cassels, Kyle Masson? Robert Masson?

 

driver changes:

Pierre Ragues (comes from Duqueine) replaces Pierre Thieret at Signatech-Alpine

Thomas Laurent (comes from LMP1 with Rebellion) replaces Nicolas Lapierre at Signatech-Alpine

Will Stevens (comes from Panis Berthon) replaces Stéphane Richelmi at Jackie Chan

Richard Bradley (last time drove Le Mans for Graff in 2017) raplaces Memo Rojas at IDEC

Tristan Gommendy (comes from Graff) replaces Romain Dumas at Duqueine

Jonathan Hirschi (comes from Graff) replaces Pierre Ragues at Duqueine

Konstantin Tereshchenko (comes from ARC Bratslava) replaces Nico Jamin at Duqueine

Nico Jamin (comes from Duqueine) replaces René Binder at Panis

James Allen (last time drove Le Mans for G-Drive in 2018) replaces Tristan Gommendy at Graff

Alexandre Cougnaud replaces Jonathan Hirschi at Graff

Simon Trummer (last time drove Le Mans for Manor in 2017) replaces Andrea Pizzitola at Algarve Pro

Mark Patterson (last time drove Le Mans for Algare Pro in 2018) replaces Dennis Andersen at High Class

Kenta Yamashita replaces Mathias Beche at High Class

Job van Uitert (comes from G-Drive) replaces Ryan Cullen at United Autosport

René Binder (comes from Panis Berthon) replaces Nigel Moore at Inter Europol

Memo Rojas (comes from IDEC) raplaces Pastor Maldonado at DragonSpeed

Ryan Cullen (comes from United Autosport) raplaces Anthony Davidson at DragonSpeed

Pipo Derani (comes from GTE-Pro at Risi) replaces Roberto González at DragonSpeed

 

9 new entries with Rick Ware, EuroInternational, Nielsen, Cool, Jota, Eurasia, Richard Mille, Carlin, Performance Tech

5 teams not in Le Mans again TDS, Larbre, RLR M Sport, Jackie Chan (1 car less), ARC Bratislava


Edited by HistoryFan, 04 March 2020 - 15:05.


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Posted 04 March 2020 - 02:30

Let's have a look at the LMP2 class:

=> 15 rookies so far: Alexandre Cougnaud, Kenta Yamashita, Cody Ware, Adrien Tambay, Colin Noble, Daniel Gaunt, Nobuya Yamanaka, Antonin Borga, Alexandre Coigny, Ben Barnicoat, Jack Manchester, Cameron Cassels, Katherine Legge, Sophia Flörsch, Tatiana Calderón

Eurasia (Ligier-Gibson): Shane van Gisbergen, Daniel Gaunt, Nobuya Yamanaka

Shane Van Gisbergen is surely a rookie, being his first time at Le Mans?

Edited by krapmeister, 04 March 2020 - 02:34.


#14 HistoryFan

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Posted 04 March 2020 - 15:04

yes you are right. All 3 drivers are rookies. I updated it.



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Posted 04 March 2020 - 15:39

Let's have a look at GT-Pro

 

=> 13 former winners: Daniel Serra (2), Gianmaria Bruni (2), Tommy Milner (2), Richard Lietz (1), James Calado (1), Alessandro Pier Guidi (1), Antonio García (1), Jordan Taylor (1), Michael Christensen (1), Kevin Estre (1), Laurens Vanthoor (1), Sébastien Bourdais (1), Oliver Gavin (1)

=> 0 rookies!

= 1 seat still available

 

GTE-Pro (11 cars)

AF Corse Ferrari: Daniel Serra, James Calado, Alessandro Pier Guidi

Porsche: Gianmaria Bruni, Richard Lietz, Frédéric Makowiecki

Porsche: Earl Bamber, Nick Tandy, Matt Campbell

Porsche: Mathieu Jaminet, Patrick Pilet, Julien Andlauer

Corvette: Antonio García, Jordan Taylor, Nick Catsburg

Porsche: Michael Christensen, Kevin Estre, Laurens Vanthoor

Risi Ferrari: Sébastien Bourdais, Olivier Pla, Oliver Jarvis?

Aston Martin: Alex Lynn, Maxim Martin, Harry Tricknell

AF Corse Ferrari: Sam Bird, Davide Rigon, Miguel Molina

Aston Martin: Nicki Thiim, Marco Sørensen, Richard Westbrook

Corvette: Marcel Fässler, Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner

 

Driver changes

Matt Campbell (comes from GTE-Am Dempsey Proton) replaces Patrick Pilet at Porsche

Patrick Pilet (comes from Porsche) replaces Sven Müller at Porsche

Julien Andlauer (comes from GTE-Am Dempsey Proton) raplaces Dennis Olsen at Porsche

Jordan Taylor (last time drove Le Mans for Corvette in 2017) replaces Mike Rockenfeller at Corvette

Nick Catsburg (comes from MTEK BMW) replaces Jan Magnussen at Corvette

Sébastien Bourdais (comes from Ford) replaces Pipo Derani at Risi Ferrari

Olivier Pla (comes from Ford) replaces Jules Gounon at Risi Ferrari

Harry Tricknell (comes from Ford) replaces Jonathan Adam at Aston Martin

Richard Westbrook (comes from Ford) replaces Darren Turner at Aston Martin

 

Withdraws (6): Ford Ganassi (4), MTEK BMW (2)



#16 Izzyeviel

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Posted 04 March 2020 - 16:56

They should let the ByKolles race anyway. Its not like they're gonna last more than 5 laps.



#17 Henri Greuter

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Posted 04 March 2020 - 19:17

They should let the ByKolles race anyway. Its not like they're gonna last more than 5 laps.

And that is exaclty why they should not let the ByKolles in the race! Instead of an early retirement in a sparsely represented category, better add another car of which you know there is a decent chance it will be around at the finish and having participated within the battle for postions...



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Posted 05 March 2020 - 11:02

Let's have a look at the GTE-Am class

 

=> 2 former GTE-Am class winners: Egidio Perfetti (1), Christian Ried (1)

=> 12 rookies: Richard Heistand, Riccardo Pera, Andrew Watson, Morris Chen, Marcos Gomes, Tim Slade, Steffen Göring, Christoph Ulrich, Alexander West, Charles Hollings, Bonamy Grimes, Francesco Piovanetti

=> Emmanuel Collard returns after 2 years away from Le Mans to compete his 24th race what makes him the most experienced driver in the field

=> Iron Lynx has an all-female line-up with Rahel Frey, Michelle Gatting, Manuela Gostner. They drove together for Kessel Racing in last year's race.

=> 16 seats still available

 

GTE-Am (20 cars)

Project 1 Porsche: Egidio Perfetti, Matteo Cairoli, Laurents Hörr?

JMW Ferrari: Richard Heistand, Gunnar Jeanette?, Jeff Segal?

WeatherTech Ferrari: Cooper MacNeil, Toni Vilander?, Jeff Westphal?

Dempsey-Proton-Porsche: Christian Ried, Riccardo Pera, Bret Curtis?

Gulf Porsche: Ben Parker, Michael Wainwright, Andrew Watson

Kessel Ferrari: Nicola Cadai, Wei Lu?, Michael Broniszweski?

MR Ferrari: Olivier Beretta, Motoaki Ishikawa, Kei Cozzolino

TF Aston Martin: Charlie Eastwood, Salih Yoluç, Jonathan Adams

Aston Martin: Paul Dalla Lana, Darren Turner, Ross Gunn

Dempsey-Proton Porsche: Thomas Preining, Adrien de Leener?, Khaled Al Qubaisi?

Dempsey-Proton Porsche: Patrick Long, Michele Beretta?, Will Bamber?

HubAuto Ferrari: Morris Chen, Marcos Gomes, Tim Slade

AF Corse Ferrari: Giancarlo Fisichella, Thomas Flohr, Francesco Castellacci

AF Corse Ferrari: Emmanuel Collard, Nicklas Nielsen, François Perrodo

AF Corse Ferrari: Steffen Göring, Christoph Ulrich, Alexander West

Project 1 Porsche: Jeroem Bleekemolen, Felipe Fraga, Ben Keating

Iron Lynx Ferrari: Rahel Frey, Michelle Gatting, Manuela Gostner

Red River Ferrari: Johnny Mowlem, Charles Hollings, Bonamy Grimes

Luzich Ferrari: Francesco Piovanetti, Fabien Levergne?, Oswaldo Negri jr?

GEAR Ferrari: Christina Nielsen, Fabio Babini?, Erik Maris?

 

Driver changes

Matteo Cairoli (comes from Dempsey-Proton Porsche) replaces Jörg Bergmeister at Project 1

Richard Heistand replaces Rodrigo Baptista at JMW Ferrari

Riccardo Pera replaces Matt Campell at Dempsey-Proton Porsche

Andrew Watson replaces Thomas Preining at Gulf Porsche

Nicola Cadai (last drove Le Mans in 2012 for AF Corse Ferrari) replaces Rahel Frey at Kessel

Kei Cozzolino (comes from Car Guy Ferrari) replaces Eddie Cheever III

Jonathan Adams (comes from Aston Martin GTE-Pro) replaces Euan Hankey

Darren Turner (comes from Aston Martin GTE-Pro) replaces Pedro Lamy

Ross Gunn (last drove Le Mans for Beechdean Aston Martin in 2017) replaces Mathias Lauda

Thomas Preining (comes from Gulf Porsche) replaces Matteo Cairola

 

New teams (9): HubAuto, AF Corse (3 addional cars), Project Porsche (1 addional car), Iron Lynx, Red River, Luzich, Gear

Withdraw (6): Car Guy, Proton, Clearwater, Spirit of Race, Kessel (1 car less), Keating



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Posted 05 March 2020 - 14:44

Thanks for that HistoryFan….appreciate your work.

 

One possible correction is I may:

 

Let's have a look at the LMP2 class:

 

James Allen (last time drove Le Mans for G-Drive in 2018) replaces Tristan Gommendy at Graff

 

 

The 2018 #40 'G-Drive' team was actually run on their behalf by Graff. James Allen was a Graff driver in 2017 & 2018.

 

https://sportscar365...e-dispensation/

 

Allen spent 2019 with DragonSpeed racing, but was not chosen for their Le Mans line-up and is returning to his previous team. 



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Posted 05 March 2020 - 14:51

perfect thanks!



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Posted 06 March 2020 - 15:15

We also have an innovative car in this year's race with 3 handicaped drivers. All 3 are rookies.

 

Innovative Car:

SRT41 Oreca-Gibson LMP2: Takuma Aoki, Nigel Bailly, Snoussi Ben Moussa



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Posted 06 March 2020 - 15:49

We also have an innovative car in this year's race with 3 handicaped drivers. All 3 are rookies.

 

Innovative Car:

SRT41 Oreca-Gibson LMP2: Takuma Aoki, Nigel Bailly, Snoussi Ben Moussa

 

This is naturally inspirational, however have a little difficulty in understanding how Bailly and Moussa are qualified as drivers at the Le Mans 24 hour race.

 

:cool:



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Posted 06 March 2020 - 15:49

It is a shame that LMP1 has been allowed to fall away - Toyota have stuck with it whilst Porsche and Audi have gone all PR electric. I thought I read somewhere that Toyota were concentraing on other non-fossil zero carbon man-made fuels (?)

Toyota's without BoP are awesome to watch but such a thin field of LMP1's does nobody any good.

 

It would be good if an LMP2 could race for the Le Mans win as that class is pretty open at present - my favorite is the Racing Team Nederland entry.



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Posted 17 April 2020 - 15:11

With SRT41 pulls out and Spirit of Race joins the grid, there are some updates for GTE-Am class:

 

=> 2 former GTE-Am class winners: Egidio Perfetti (1), Christian Ried (1)

=> 12 rookies: Richard Heistand, Riccardo Pera, Andrew Watson, Morris Chen, Marcos Gomes, Tim Slade, Steffen Göring, Christoph Ulrich, Alexander West, Charles Hollings, Bonamy Grimes, Francesco Piovanetti

=> Emmanuel Collard returns after 2 years away from Le Mans to compete his 24th race what makes him the most experienced driver in the field

=> Iron Lynx has an all-female line-up with Rahel Frey, Michelle Gatting, Manuela Gostner. They drove together for Kessel Racing in last year's race.

=> 16 seats still available

 

GTE-Am (21 cars)

Project 1 Porsche: Egidio Perfetti, Matteo Cairoli, Laurents Hörr?

JMW Ferrari: Richard Heistand, Gunnar Jeanette?, Jeff Segal?

WeatherTech Ferrari: Cooper MacNeil, Toni Vilander?, Jeff Westphal?

Dempsey-Proton-Porsche: Christian Ried, Riccardo Pera, Bret Curtis?

Gulf Porsche: Ben Parker, Michael Wainwright, Andrew Watson

Kessel Ferrari: Nicola Cadai, Wei Lu?, Michael Broniszweski?

MR Ferrari: Olivier Beretta, Motoaki Ishikawa, Kei Cozzolino

TF Aston Martin: Charlie Eastwood, Salih Yoluç, Jonathan Adams

Spirit of Racing Ferrari: Duncan Cameron, Matt Griffin, Aaron Scott

Aston Martin: Paul Dalla Lana, Darren Turner, Ross Gunn

Dempsey-Proton Porsche: Thomas Preining, Adrien de Leener?, Khaled Al Qubaisi?

Dempsey-Proton Porsche: Patrick Long, Michele Beretta?, Will Bamber?

HubAuto Ferrari: Morris Chen, Marcos Gomes, Tim Slade

AF Corse Ferrari: Giancarlo Fisichella, Thomas Flohr, Francesco Castellacci

AF Corse Ferrari: Emmanuel Collard, Nicklas Nielsen, François Perrodo

AF Corse Ferrari: Steffen Göring, Christoph Ulrich, Alexander West

Project 1 Porsche: Jeroem Bleekemolen, Felipe Fraga, Ben Keating

Iron Lynx Ferrari: Rahel Frey, Michelle Gatting, Manuela Gostner

Red River Ferrari: Johnny Mowlem, Charles Hollings, Bonamy Grimes

Luzich Ferrari: Francesco Piovanetti, Fabien Levergne?, Oswaldo Negri jr?

GEAR Ferrari: Christina Nielsen, Fabio Babini?, Erik Maris?

 

Driver changes

Matteo Cairoli (comes from Dempsey-Proton Porsche) replaces Jörg Bergmeister at Project 1

Richard Heistand replaces Rodrigo Baptista at JMW Ferrari

Riccardo Pera replaces Matt Campell at Dempsey-Proton Porsche

Andrew Watson replaces Thomas Preining at Gulf Porsche

Nicola Cadai (last drove Le Mans in 2012 for AF Corse Ferrari) replaces Rahel Frey at Kessel

Kei Cozzolino (comes from Car Guy Ferrari) replaces Eddie Cheever III

Jonathan Adams (comes from Aston Martin GTE-Pro) replaces Euan Hankey

Darren Turner (comes from Aston Martin GTE-Pro) replaces Pedro Lamy

Ross Gunn (last drove Le Mans for Beechdean Aston Martin in 2017) replaces Mathias Lauda

Thomas Preining (comes from Gulf Porsche) replaces Matteo Cairola

Aaron Scott (last drove Le Mans for Spirit of Race 2017) replaces Thomas Flohr at Spirit of Race

Matt Griffin (comes from Clearwater) replaces Giancarlo Fisichella at Spirit of Race

Duncan Cameron (last drove Le Mans for Spirit of Race 2017) replaces Francesco Castellacci at Spirit of Race.

 

New teams (9): HubAuto, AF Corse (3 addional cars), Project Porsche (1 addional car), Iron Lynx, Red River, Luzich, Gear

Withdraw (5): Car Guy, Proton, Clearwater, Kessel (1 car less), Keating



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Posted 18 May 2020 - 08:19

4 cars pulled out of 24h Le Mans in GTE-Pro class (2 Corvette, 2 Porsche):

 

=> 13 former winners: Daniel Serra (2), Gianmaria Bruni (2), Tommy Milner (2), Richard Lietz (1), James Calado (1), Alessandro Pier Guidi (1), Antonio García (1), Jordan Taylor (1), Michael Christensen (1), Kevin Estre (1), Laurens Vanthoor (1), Sébastien Bourdais (1), Oliver Gavin (1)

=> 0 rookies!

= 1 seat still available

=> only 3 manufactures in the top GTE-Pro class, we last time had that in 2009 with Aston Martin, Corvette and Lamborghini.

 

GTE-Pro (7 cars)

AF Corse Ferrari: Daniel Serra, James Calado, Alessandro Pier Guidi

Porsche: Gianmaria Bruni, Richard Lietz, Frédéric Makowiecki

Porsche: Michael Christensen, Kevin Estre, Laurens Vanthoor

Risi Ferrari: Sébastien Bourdais, Olivier Pla, Oliver Jarvis?

Aston Martin: Alex Lynn, Maxim Martin, Harry Tricknell

AF Corse Ferrari: Sam Bird, Davide Rigon, Miguel Molina

Aston Martin: Nicki Thiim, Marco Sørensen, Richard Westbrook

 

Driver changes

Sébastien Bourdais (comes from Ford) replaces Pipo Derani at Risi Ferrari

Olivier Pla (comes from Ford) replaces Jules Gounon at Risi Ferrari

Harry Tricknell (comes from Ford) replaces Jonathan Adam at Aston Martin

Richard Westbrook (comes from Ford) replaces Darren Turner at Aston Martin

 

Withdraws (6): Ford Ganassi (4), MTEK BMW (2), Porsche (2), Corvette



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Posted 18 May 2020 - 08:29

2 more cars on LMP2 list

 

=> 4 former LMP2 class winners: Nicolas Lapierre (4), André Negrao (2), Thomas Laurent (1), Ho-Pin Tung (1)

=> 16 rookies so far: Alexandre Cougnaud, Kenta Yamashita, Cody Ware, Adrien Tambay, Colin Noble, Shane van Gisbergen, Daniel Gaunt, Nobuya Yamanaka, Antonin Borga, Alexandre Coigny, Ben Barnicoat, Jack Manchester, Cameron Cassels, Katherine Legge, Sophia Flörsch, Tatiana Calderón

=> Mark Patterson will break the overall record of being the oldest driver in Le Mans history with 68 years (former record holder is Jack Gerber 2013 also with 68 years)

=> there is an all-female line-up with Katherine Legge, Sophia Flörsch and Tatiana Calderón

=> 18 seats still available

=> Magnussen will go in his 22nd 24h Le Mans race.

 

LMP2 (26 cars)

Signatech-Alpine (Alpine-Gibson): André Negrão, Thomas Laurent, Pierre Ragues

Jackie Chan (Oreca-Gibson): Ho-Pin Tung, Gabriel Aubry, Will Stevens

United Autosport (Oreca-Gibson): Paul di Resta, Filipe Albuquerque, Philip Hanson

IDEC (Oreca-Gibson): Paul-Loup Chatin, Paul Lafargue, Richard Bradley

G-Drive (Aurus-Gibson): Roman Rusinov, James French?, Léonard Hoogenboom?

Duqueine (Oreca-Gibson): Tristan Gommendy, Jonathan Hirschi, Konstantin Tereshchenko

Panis (Oreca-Gibson): Julien Canal, Nico Jamin, Timothé Buret?

Graff (Oreca-Gibson): Vincent Capillaire, James Allen, Alexandre Cougnaud

Algarve Pro (Oreca-Gibson): John Falb, Simon Trummer, Henning Enqvist?

High Class (Oreca-Gibson): Anders Fjordbach, Mark Patterson, Kenta Yamashita

Cetillar (Dallara-Gibson): Andrea Belicchi, Roberto Lacorte, Giorgio Sernagiotto

United Autosport (Oreca-Gibson): Alex Brundle, Will Owens, Job van Uiert

Racing Team Netherland (Oreca-Gibson): Giedo van der Garde, Nyck de Vries, Frits van Eerd

Inter Europol (Ligier-Gibson): Jakub Smiechowski, René Binder, Mathias Beche?

DragonSpeed (Oreca-Gibson): Memo Rojas, Ryan Cullen, Pipo Derani

Rick Ware (Riley-Gibson): Cody Ware, Gustas Grinsbergas?, Mark Kvamme?

EuroInternational (Ligier-Gibson): Adrien Tambay, Harrison Newey?, Mikkel Jensen?

Nielsen (Oreca-Gibson): Colin Noble, Anthony Wells? Rob Hodes?

Cool (Oreca-Gibson): Nicolas Lapierre, Antonin Borga, Alexandre Coigny

Jota (Oreca-Gibson): Anthony Davidson, Roberto González, Antonio Felix da Costa

Eurasia (Ligier-Gibson): Shane van Gisbergen, Daniel Gaunt, Nobuya Yamanaka

Richard Mille (Oreca-Gibson): Katherine Legge, Sophia Flörsch, Tatiana Calderón

Carlin (Dallara-Gibson): Ben Barnicoat, Jack Manchester, Harry Tricknell?

Performance Tech (Oreca-Gibson): Cameron Cassels, Kyle Masson? Robert Masson?

IDEC (Oreca-Gibson): Patrice Lafargue, Stéphane Adler?, William Cavailhes?

High Class (Oreca-Gibson): Jan Magnussen, Dennis Andersen?, Antonio Garcia?

 

driver changes:

Pierre Ragues (comes from Duqueine) replaces Pierre Thieret at Signatech-Alpine

Thomas Laurent (comes from LMP1 with Rebellion) replaces Nicolas Lapierre at Signatech-Alpine

Will Stevens (comes from Panis Berthon) replaces Stéphane Richelmi at Jackie Chan

Richard Bradley (last time drove Le Mans for Graff in 2017) raplaces Memo Rojas at IDEC

Tristan Gommendy (comes from Graff) replaces Romain Dumas at Duqueine

Jonathan Hirschi (comes from Graff) replaces Pierre Ragues at Duqueine

Konstantin Tereshchenko (comes from ARC Bratslava) replaces Nico Jamin at Duqueine

Nico Jamin (comes from Duqueine) replaces René Binder at Panis

James Allen (last time drove Le Mans for G-Drive in 2018) replaces Tristan Gommendy at Graff

Alexandre Cougnaud replaces Jonathan Hirschi at Graff

Simon Trummer (last time drove Le Mans for Manor in 2017) replaces Andrea Pizzitola at Algarve Pro

Mark Patterson (last time drove Le Mans for Algare Pro in 2018) replaces Dennis Andersen at High Class

Kenta Yamashita replaces Mathias Beche at High Class

Job van Uitert (comes from G-Drive) replaces Ryan Cullen at United Autosport

René Binder (comes from Panis Berthon) replaces Nigel Moore at Inter Europol

Memo Rojas (comes from IDEC) raplaces Pastor Maldonado at DragonSpeed

Ryan Cullen (comes from United Autosport) raplaces Anthony Davidson at DragonSpeed

Pipo Derani (comes from GTE-Pro at Risi) replaces Roberto González at DragonSpeed

 

11 new entries with Rick Ware, EuroInternational, Nielsen, Cool, Jota, Eurasia, Richard Mille, Carlin, Performance Tech, IDEC, High Class

5 teams not in Le Mans again TDS, Larbre, RLR M Sport, Jackie Chan (1 car less), ARC Bratislava


Edited by HistoryFan, 18 May 2020 - 08:29.


#27 HistoryFan

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Posted 18 May 2020 - 08:33

One more GTE-Am car:

 

=> 2 former GTE-Am class winners: Egidio Perfetti (1), Christian Ried (1)

=> 12 rookies: Richard Heistand, Riccardo Pera, Andrew Watson, Morris Chen, Marcos Gomes, Tim Slade, Steffen Göring, Christoph Ulrich, Alexander West, Charles Hollings, Bonamy Grimes, Francesco Piovanetti

=> Emmanuel Collard returns after 2 years away from Le Mans to compete his 24th race what makes him the most experienced driver in the field

=> Iron Lynx has an all-female line-up with Rahel Frey, Michelle Gatting, Manuela Gostner. They drove together for Kessel Racing in last year's race.

=> 16 seats still available

 

GTE-Am (22 cars)

Project 1 Porsche: Egidio Perfetti, Matteo Cairoli, Laurents Hörr?

JMW Ferrari: Richard Heistand, Gunnar Jeanette?, Jeff Segal?

WeatherTech Ferrari: Cooper MacNeil, Toni Vilander?, Jeff Westphal?

Dempsey-Proton-Porsche: Christian Ried, Riccardo Pera, Bret Curtis?

Gulf Porsche: Ben Parker, Michael Wainwright, Andrew Watson

Kessel Ferrari: Nicola Cadai, Wei Lu?, Michael Broniszweski?

MR Ferrari: Olivier Beretta, Motoaki Ishikawa, Kei Cozzolino

TF Aston Martin: Charlie Eastwood, Salih Yoluç, Jonathan Adams

Spirit of Racing Ferrari: Duncan Cameron, Matt Griffin, Aaron Scott

Aston Martin: Paul Dalla Lana, Darren Turner, Ross Gunn

Dempsey-Proton Porsche: Thomas Preining, Adrien de Leener?, Khaled Al Qubaisi?

Dempsey-Proton Porsche: Patrick Long, Michele Beretta?, Will Bamber?

HubAuto Ferrari: Morris Chen, Marcos Gomes, Tim Slade

AF Corse Ferrari: Giancarlo Fisichella, Thomas Flohr, Francesco Castellacci

AF Corse Ferrari: Emmanuel Collard, Nicklas Nielsen, François Perrodo

AF Corse Ferrari: Steffen Göring, Christoph Ulrich, Alexander West

Project 1 Porsche: Jeroem Bleekemolen, Felipe Fraga, Ben Keating

Iron Lynx Ferrari: Rahel Frey, Michelle Gatting, Manuela Gostner

Red River Ferrari: Johnny Mowlem, Charles Hollings, Bonamy Grimes

Luzich Ferrari: Francesco Piovanetti, Fabien Levergne?, Oswaldo Negri jr?

GEAR Ferrari: Christina Nielsen, Fabio Babini?, Erik Maris?

Proton Porsche: Dennis Olsen, Julien Andlauer?, Matt Campbell?

 

Driver changes

Matteo Cairoli (comes from Dempsey-Proton Porsche) replaces Jörg Bergmeister at Project 1

Richard Heistand replaces Rodrigo Baptista at JMW Ferrari

Riccardo Pera replaces Matt Campell at Dempsey-Proton Porsche

Andrew Watson replaces Thomas Preining at Gulf Porsche

Nicola Cadai (last drove Le Mans in 2012 for AF Corse Ferrari) replaces Rahel Frey at Kessel

Kei Cozzolino (comes from Car Guy Ferrari) replaces Eddie Cheever III

Jonathan Adams (comes from Aston Martin GTE-Pro) replaces Euan Hankey

Darren Turner (comes from Aston Martin GTE-Pro) replaces Pedro Lamy

Ross Gunn (last drove Le Mans for Beechdean Aston Martin in 2017) replaces Mathias Lauda

Thomas Preining (comes from Gulf Porsche) replaces Matteo Cairola

Aaron Scott (last drove Le Mans for Spirit of Race 2017) replaces Thomas Flohr at Spirit of Race

Matt Griffin (comes from Clearwater) replaces Giancarlo Fisichella at Spirit of Race

Duncan Cameron (last drove Le Mans for Spirit of Race 2017) replaces Francesco Castellacci at Spirit of Race.

Dennis Olsen (comes from GTE-Pro at Porsche) replaces Vincent Abril at Proton Porsche.

 

New teams (9): HubAuto, AF Corse (3 addional cars), Project Porsche (1 addional car), Iron Lynx, Red River, Luzich, Gear

Withdraw (4): Car Guy, Clearwater, Kessel (1 car less), Keating



#28 BRG

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Posted 18 May 2020 - 12:00

Wow, HistoryFan, you musty have been really at a loose end to put together all that info!



#29 king_crud

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Posted 18 May 2020 - 17:55

Even though i have tickets i still don't think it's going to happen

#30 HistoryFan

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Posted 19 May 2020 - 13:17

not with spectators but as ghost race - why not?



#31 KWSN - DSM

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Posted 19 May 2020 - 13:42

I think the no spectators will not happen to the extent it is being touted now - Le Mans is huge, would be one of the places where you could spectate while separated from others. Not sure how is in Europe however me living in New Jersey, which is one of the hard hit states in the US, people have started re-opening on their own - Use see people on the streets, you see cars, you see traffic much more packed than was in the beginning, you see more and more not using masks... Politicians are driven by the public sentiment, there will be elections in November... standing at the polls looking as if you overreacted will be just as bad as having under estimated - Cuomo yesterday said New York were open for professional sports, no spectators... I am not sure that will hold. Once Football season start in September, and the Pandemic is a fading memory people will want to go watch the games.

 

I do not expect a ghost race at Le Mans, but I have been wrong before.

 

:cool:



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Posted 19 May 2020 - 14:23

Le Mans without spectators is surely not Le Mans? :confused:  :o



#33 king_crud

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Posted 19 May 2020 - 18:12

I think the no spectators will not happen to the extent it is being touted now - Le Mans is huge, would be one of the places where you could spectate while separated from others. Not sure how is in Europe however me living in New Jersey, which is one of the hard hit states in the US, people have started re-opening on their own - Use see people on the streets, you see cars, you see traffic much more packed than was in the beginning, you see more and more not using masks... Politicians are driven by the public sentiment, there will be elections in November... standing at the polls looking as if you overreacted will be just as bad as having under estimated - Cuomo yesterday said New York were open for professional sports, no spectators... I am not sure that will hold. Once Football season start in September, and the Pandemic is a fading memory people will want to go watch the games.

I do not expect a ghost race at Le Mans, but I have been wrong before.

:cool:


You do realise spectators are only allowed at about a quarter of the circuit or less, and there's 250k of them? It's a busy busy place

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Posted 19 May 2020 - 18:52

You do realise spectators are only allowed at about a quarter of the circuit or less, and there's 250k of them? It's a busy busy place

 

I was not thinking regular size crowds - The open areas by the camp sites, you can spread out there... Close the grand stands... I am sure you can get at least 30.000 in there without it becoming too crowded.

 

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Posted 19 May 2020 - 19:31

Ah ok, i don't think that would work in reality though. It should be an all or nothing thing, the 250k spectators and what they bring together is what creates the great atmosphere. Either do it properly or not at all

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Posted 19 May 2020 - 19:59

Ah ok, i don't think that would work in reality though. It should be an all or nothing thing, the 250k spectators and what they bring together is what creates the great atmosphere. Either do it properly or not at all

 

Thats easily said, when YOU don't need to get the income created by the race.



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Posted 19 May 2020 - 20:16

Historyfan: I don't think I saw you mention that the ByKolles team is now featured on the LMP1 list with Tom Dillmann as their lead driver



#38 king_crud

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Posted 19 May 2020 - 20:40

Thats easily said, when YOU don't need to get the income created by the race.


So where is the income coming from without a crowd?

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Posted 20 May 2020 - 13:34

Historyfan: I don't think I saw you mention that the ByKolles team is now featured on the LMP1 list with Tom Dillmann as their lead driver

yes, I din't updated the LMP1 list so far.

 

They already had tests last week, but I don't know who drove the car alongside Dillmann.



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Posted 12 June 2020 - 17:39

I should have been in Le Mans this weekend.

 

Well I have given up on going to the race this year - too many risks - and deferred my booking to next year.

 

Grief that means I will have to suffer the Eurosport coverage for this years race.



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Posted 12 June 2020 - 20:04

I should have been in Le Mans this weekend.

Well I have given up on going to the race this year - too many risks - and deferred my booking to next year.

Grief that means I will have to suffer the Eurosport coverage for this years race.


I generally quite enjoy Eurosports coverage of Le Mans

#42 William Hunt

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Posted 13 June 2020 - 03:40

Does anyone actually still believe that the 24h race will still happen this year? They're not going to run it without fans. Maybe later as their current planned date...



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Posted 13 June 2020 - 05:23

Does anyone actually still believe that the 24h race will still happen this year? They're not going to run it without fans. Maybe later as their current planned date...


Pretty sure they said they don’t want to run without fans but would if required.

It would serve a pretty big blow to the race if it weren’t held this year - and any later in the year would mean a lot more darkness...

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Posted 13 June 2020 - 05:51

Maybe even snow!



#45 king_crud

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Posted 13 June 2020 - 06:47

I too was meant to be there. I'm still meant to be going on September but i don't believe it will happen

#46 king_crud

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Posted 17 June 2020 - 18:18

Had photos pop up on my photo app from 2 years ago today, when i was last at Le Mans. I watched a few videos i recorded when there. Now I'm pumped for September, i so didn't want to get my hopes up but now they're up, will be gutted if it's cancelled

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Posted 30 June 2020 - 09:50

https://www.lemans.o...nsibility/53979

Announcement from ACO today. ACO members and people who already have tickets will be allowed, no more ticket sales. Not sure what this will reduce the crowd to.

#48 milestone 11

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Posted 17 July 2020 - 15:01

Start brought forward to 14.30 local time. Hyperpole quali.

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Posted 17 July 2020 - 21:33

http://www.dailyspor...s-24-hours.html

As mentioned in the coronavirus thread. I'm reconsidering my attendance, will probably defer to next year

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Posted 18 July 2020 - 06:40

60k fans stuffed in 12 5000 pockets. Aside from the risk of virus transmission it sounds like a rubbish way to witness Le Mans - and as anyone that has been knows - At Le Mans Half the point is everything that goes on beside the cars racing on track and that won’t be a thing this year.