A cracking field announced ‏for 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours

Today in Paris the Automobile Club de l’Ouest announced the list of 56 cars invited to take part in the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours on 13-14 June, and unveiled the poster and the advertisement for the event. The field entered for the 83rd event promises a hotly-contested race, and choosing a winner in each of the four categories is like looking for a needle in a haystack!

The start of the 83rd Le Mans 24 Hours will be given at 15h00 on Saturday 13th June. Fifty-six cars will take part in the blue riband event on the FIA World Endurance calendar, the third round of the championship, divided up into four categories: 14 LM P1s (Le Mans Prototype 1) 20 LM P2s (Le Mans prototype 2), 9 LM GTE Pros and 13 LM GTE Ams.

In LM P1 the big news is the return of Nissan with three of its spectacular GTR-LM NISMOs. The car was presented last Sunday in the United States. Thus, the Renault-Nissan tandem will take on Audi, Porsche and Toyota in the battle for outright victory. It will be a German-Japanese duel with two German manufacturers up against two from the land of the rising sun, each one using a different technology, proof of the validity of the regulations introduced by the ACO in 2014. Completing the LM P1 field are three privately-entered cars from Rebellion Racing (2) and TeamByKolles. A total of six manufacturers will go head to head in LM P1.

Eight different makes of chassis will go at it hammer and tongs in LM P2 making up a field of 20 cars, once again the biggest in the race. Jota Sport, which will be back with an up-dated version of the winning car in 2014 (now called the Gibson 015S-Nissan), will have a tough job on its hands to repeat last year’s feat as it will be up against newcomers like the HPD ARX-O4bs and the Oreca 05s. Ligier, which made its Le Mans comeback in 2014, will be the best-represented make in the category with five cars.

Once again thrilling scraps will take place in LM GTE Pro and GTE Am. In GTE Pro Corvette, victorious in last month’s Daytona Rolex 24 Hours, is hoping to beat Ferrari at Le Mans, as the Italian make won the GTE Pro category in last year’s 24 Hours. Aston Martin and Porsche harbour the same ambitions.

In GTE Am Aston Martin will be out to achieve a repeat of its 2014 victory, but to do so the English make will have to fend off top teams like AF Corse, JMW Motorsport and SMP Racing. Back for the fourth time is American actor, Patrick Dempsey, at the wheel of a Porsche entered by the Dempsey Proton Racing team for the third year on the bounce.

Thus, the field for the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours breaks down into 34 prototypes and 22 GTs made by 17 different makes from the biggest car groups in the world, ranging from the competition versions of the most beautiful GT cars on the market to the best builders of racing chassis.

The 31 teams entered represent 13 different nationalities and the highest numbers of cars come from Germany (11), Great Britain and the United States (9), Japan (6) and Russia, Italy and France (5) respectively further proof of the incredible appeal of the race.

The list of reserves comprises seven teams combining LM Ps and LM GTEs, which will be allowed to race in the order on the list should there be any withdrawals.

During this press conference the Automobile Club de l’Ouest also unveiled a couple of vital communications tools, the 2015 Le Mans 24-Hours poster and the advertisement which will be used in the buildup to the 83rd event on 13-14 June.

Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest: “Once again the field for the Le Mans 24 Hours consists of fifty-six top-quality cars. We’re delighted to welcome a new manufacturer with the arrival of Nissan, which is proof of the immense appeal of our event for the major motor car manufacturers. Viewing things from a wider perspective, the fact that we have teams from thirteen different nationalities again shows the international appeal of our race. We’re very proud that the major countries in the motor industry and car culture in general provide the highest number of representatives, and it confirms yet again the link between our race, the car industry and the everyday motorist’s car of tomorrow.”

Vincent Beaumesnil, Automobile Club de l’Ouest’s Sport Manager: “Every year the selection committee for the Le Mans 24 Hours is finding it increasingly difficult to establish the list of entries. Things are really looking up in the prototype categories with more top-level teams arriving. In GTE Pro the quality of the manufacturers entered guarantees yet another incredibly closely-fought race, and in GTE Am the overall high level of preparation and involvement is very impressive. From a technical and sporting point of view we’re expecting to see a level never before achieved: it’s going to be a great race.”

Entry List

1 TOYOTA RACING JPN MICHELIN TOYOTA TS 040 - HYBRID Hybrid Anthony DAVIDSON GBR P2 TOYOTA RACING JPN MICHELIN TOYOTA TS 040 - HYBRID Hybrid Alexander WURZ AUT P4 TEAM BYKOLLES AUT MICHELIN CLM P1/01 - AER Simon TRUMMER CHE G7 AUDI SPORT TEAM JOEST DEU MICHELIN AUDI R18 E-TRON QUATTRO Hybrid Marcel FÄSSLER CHE P8 AUDI SPORT TEAM JOEST DEU MICHELIN AUDI R18 E-TRON QUATTRO Hybrid Lucas DI GRASSI BRA P9 AUDI SPORT TEAM JOEST DEU MICHELIN AUDI R18 E-TRON QUATTRO Hybrid Filipe ALBUQUERQUE PRT P12 REBELLION RACING CHE MICHELIN REBELLION R-ONE - AER Nicolas PROST FRA P13 REBELLION RACING CHE MICHELIN REBELLION R-ONE - AER Mathias BECHE CHE P17 PORSCHE TEAM DEU MICHELIN PORSCHE 919 HYBRID Hybrid Timo BERNHARD DEU P18 PORSCHE TEAM DEU MICHELIN PORSCHE 919 HYBRID Hybrid Romain DUMAS FRA P19 PORSCHE TEAM DEU MICHELIN PORSCHE 919 HYBRID Hybrid Nicolas HÜLKENBERG DEU P21 NISSAN MOTORSPORTS JPN MICHELIN NISSAN GT-R LM NISMO Hybrid Tsugio MATSUDA JPN P22 NISSAN MOTORSPORTS JPN MICHELIN NISSAN GT-R LM NISMO Hybrid Harry TINCKNELL GBR G23 NISSAN MOTORSPORTS JPN MICHELIN NISSAN GT-R LM NISMO Hybrid Olivier PLA FRA PN° LM P2 TYRES CAR DESIGNATED DRIVER NAT 2026 G-DRIVE RACING RUS DUNLOP LIGIER JS P2 - NISSAN Roman RUSINOV RUS G27 SMP RACING RUS BR01 - NISSAN Mikhail ALESHIN RUS P28 G-DRIVE RACING RUS DUNLOP LIGIER JS P2 - NISSAN Gustavo YACAMAN COL G29 PEGASUS RACING DEU DUNLOP MORGAN - NISSAN Léo ROUSSEL FRA S30 EXTREME SPEED MOTORSPORTS USA DUNLOP HPD ARX-04b - HONDA Scott SHARP USA P31 EXTREME SPEED MOTORSPORTS USA DUNLOP HPD ARX-04b - HONDA Ed BROWN USA S34 OAK RACING FRA DUNLOP LIGIER JS P2 - NISSAN Ho Pin TUNG NLD G35 OAK RACING FRA DUNLOP LIGIER JS P2 - NISSAN Jacques NICOLET FRA B36 SIGNATECH ALPINE FRA DUNLOP ALPINE A450B - NISSAN Nelson PANCIATICI FRA P37 SMP RACING RUS BR01 - NISSAN Maurizio MEDIANI ITA G38 JOTA SPORT GBR DUNLOP GIBSON 015S - NISSAN Simon DOLAN GBR S39 TEAM SARD MORAND JPN DUNLOP MORGAN EVO - SARD Christian KLIEN AUT P40 KROHN RACING USA LIGIER JS P2 - JUDD Tracy KROHN USA B41 GREAVES MOTORSPORT GBR DUNLOP GIBSON 015S - NISSAN John MOWLEM GBR P42 STRAKKA RACING GBR MICHELIN STRAKKA DOME S103 - NISSAN Nick LEVENTIS GBR S43 TEAM SARD MORAND CHE DUNLOP MORGAN EVO - SARD Pierre RAGUES FRA S45 IBANEZ RACING SMR DUNLOP ORECA 03R - NISSAN José IBANEZ FRA B46 THIRIET BY TDS RACING FRA DUNLOP ORECA 05 - NISSAN Pierre THIRIET FRA S47 KCMG HKG DUNLOP ORECA 05 - NISSAN Matthew HOWSON GBR S48 MURPHY PROTOTYPES IRL DUNLOP ORECA 03R - NISSAN Greg MURPHY IRLN° LM GTE Pro TYRES CAR DESIGNATED DRIVER NAT 951 AF CORSE ITA MICHELIN FERRARI 458 ITALIA Giammaria BRUNI ITA P63 CORVETTE RACING - GM USA MICHELIN CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7R Jan MAGNUSSEN DNK P64 CORVETTE RACING - GM USA MICHELIN CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7R Oliver GAVIN GBR P71 AF CORSE ITA MICHELIN FERRARI 458 ITALIA Davide RIGON ITA P91 PORSCHE TEAM MANTHEY DEU MICHELIN PORSCHE 911 RSR Richard LIETZ AUT P92 PORSCHE TEAM MANTHEY DEU MICHELIN PORSCHE 911 RSR Patrick PILET FRA P95 ASTON MARTIN RACING GBR MICHELIN ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE V8 Marco SøRENSEN DNK97 ASTON MARTIN RACING GBR MICHELIN ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE V8 Darren TURNER GBR P99 ASTON MARTIN RACING V8 GBR MICHELIN ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE V8 Fernando REES BRA GN° LM GTE Am TYRES CAR DESIGNATED DRIVER NAT 1350 LARBRE COMPETITION FRA MICHELIN CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7R Gianluca RODA ITA B55 AF CORSE ITA MICHELIN FERRARI 458 ITALIA Duncan Russel CAMERON GBR B61 AF CORSE ITA MICHELIN FERRARI 458 ITALIA Peter Ashley MANN USA B62 SCUDERIA CORSA USA FERRARI 458 ITALIA William SWEEDLER USA B66 JMW MOTORSPORT GBR DUNLOP FERRARI 458 ITALIA George RICHARDSON GBR S67 TEAM AAI TWN MICHELIN PORSCHE 911 GT3 RSR (997) Jun-San CHEN TWN B68 TEAM AAI TWN MICHELIN PORSCHE 911 GT3 RSR (997) Han-Chen CHEN TWN B72 SMP RACING RUS FERRARI 458 ITALIA Victor SHAITAR RUS S77 DEMPSEY-PROTON RACING DEU MICHELIN PORSCHE 911 RSR Patrick DEMPSEY USA B83 AF CORSE ITA MICHELIN FERRARI 458 ITALIA François PERRODO FRA B88 ABU DHABI-PROTON RACING DEU MICHELIN PORSCHE 911 RSR Christian RIED DEU B96 ASTON MARTIN RACING GBR MICHELIN ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE V8 Roald GOETHE DEU B98 ASTON MARTIN RACING GBR MICHELIN ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE V8 Paul DALLA LANA CAN BN° RESERVE CARS TYRES CAR DESIGNATED DRIVER NAT 7R1 53 RILEY MOTORSPORTS-TI AUTO USA MICHELIN SRT VIPER GTS-R Jeroen BLEEKEMOLEN NLD PR2 49 KCMG HKG DUNLOP ORECA 03R - NISSAN Alexandre IMPERATORI CHE GR3 60 FORMULA RACING DNK MICHELIN FERRARI 458 ITALIA Johnny LAURSEN DNK BR4 86 GULF RACING UK GBR MICHELIN PORSCHE 911 RSR Michael WAINWRIGHT GBR BR5 25 ALGARVE PRO RACING PRT DUNLOP LIGIER JS P2 - NISSAN Rudof MUNEMANN GBR BR6 65 PROTON COMPETITION DEU MICHELIN PORSCHE 911 RSR Wolf HENZLER DEU PR7 44 IBANEZ RACING SMR DUNLOP ORECA 03R - NISSAN Pierre PERRET FRA B

Categorisation - P : Platinum - G : Gold - S : Silver - B : Bronze Le Mans 

Practical informationThe 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours83rd running3rd round of the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship

Dates : 13-14 June 2015

General enclosure ticket price: 56,25 euros (ACO members) 75 euros (non ACO members).

Free for young people born after 14th June 1999 accompanied by an adult.

Test day: Sunday 31st May 2015.

Scrutineering and administrative checks: Sunday 7th and Monday 8th June 2015.

Free practice and qualifying: Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th June 2015.

Start of the 83rd Le Mans 24 Hours: Saturday 13th June 2015 at 15h00.

Information: www.24h-lemans.com

Facebook: 24 Heures du Mans – ACO Official

Twitter: @24hoursoflemans Hashtag : #LM24

WebTV : Lemans-tv.com


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