ALMS teams ready for Le Mans assault

February 1, 2013

ALMS teams ready for Le Mans assault

February 1, 2013

_RD58367The field for the 90th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans was announced in France today with a host of new American teams readying themselves for the ultimate challenge in international sportscar racing.

SRT Viper 91Returning to the race for the first time since 2000, the factory Viper squad –  now campaigning under Chrysler’s SRT brand – will return to Circuit de la Sarthe with a pair of entries in the GTE-Pro ranks.

With each team having to nominate one driver prior to the release of the entry list, Marc Goosens and Dominik Farnbacher are listed on the entry list with SRT expected to compete with the same driver line-up as in the ALMS last year.

Extreme Speed Motorsports will make its debut in France with one of its Ferrari F458 Italia machines. Team boss Scott Sharp is named on the entry list as its nominated driver.

Dempsey Racing will return for the first time since 2010 with the team contesting the GTE-AM class in partnership with the Proton Porsche team. Dempsey regulars Patrick Dempsey and Joe Foster will be part of the driver line-up.

Other American-based teams will include the new tie-up between IndyCar squad HVM and Status Racing in P2; last years P2 winners, Florida-based Starworks Motorsport (with reigning ALMS PC champion, Alex Popow driving); Atlanta-based Krohn Racing in GTE-AM alongside the new 8Star Motorsports team which recently ran in the Rolex 24. Both Krohn and 8Star are expected to battle for season honors in the WEC for the GTE-AM class.

Corvette Racing is back with its usual barnstorming two-car assault while Level 5 Motorsports – although not competing in the ALMS this year – will race at Le Mans in P2.

Rebellion Racing – which will run a P1 car in both the ALMS and the WEC this season – has both cars entered for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The full Le Mans line-up features:

24 HOURS OF LE MANS ENTRY LIST

LMP1 (8 entries)

1 – Audi Sport Team Joest* – Audi R18 e-tron quattro – Andre Lotterer
2 – Audi Sport Team Joest* – Audi R18 e-tron quattro – Tom Kristensen
3 – Audi Sport Team Joest – Audi R18 e-tron quattro – Marc Gene
7 – Toyota Racing* – Toyota TS030 Hybrid – Alexander Wurz
8 – Toyota Racing* – Toyota TS030 Hybrid – Anthony Davidson
12 – Rebellion Racing* – Lola B12/60 Toyota – Nicolas Prost
13 – Rebellion Racing – Lola B12/60 Toyota – Neel Jani
21 – Strakka Racing* – HPD ARX-03c – Nick Leventis

LMP2 (22 entries)

24 – OAK Racing* – Morgan-Nissan – Jacques Nicolet
25 – Delta-ADR* – Oreca 03 Nissan – John Martin
26 – G-Drive Racing* – Oreca 03 Nissan – Roman Rusinov
27 – Sebastien Loeb Racing – Oreca 03 Nissan – Franck Montagny
28 – Gulf Racing Middle East* – Lola B12/80 Nissan – Fabien Giroix
29 – Gulf Racing Middle East* – Lola B12/80 Nissan – Frederic Fatien
30 – HVM Status GP* – Lola B12/80 Judd – Jonathan Kennard
31 – Lotus – Lotus T128* – Kevin Weeda
32 – Lotus – Lotus T128* – Thomas Holzer
33 – Level 5 Motorsports – HPD ARX-03b – Scott Tucker
35 – OAK Racing* – Morgan-Nissan – Olivier Pla
36 – Signatech – Oreca 03 Nissan – Franck Mailleux
38 – Jota Sport – Zytek Z11SN Nissan – Simon Dolan
40 – Boutsen Ginon Racing – Oreca 03 Nissan – Koen Wauters
41 – Greaves Motorsport* – Zytek Z11SN Nissan – Christian Zugel
42 – Greaves Motorsport – Zytek Z11SN Nissan – Tom Kimber-Smith
44 – Starworks Motorsport* – HPD ARX-03b – Alex Popow
45 – OAK Racing – Morgan-Nissan – David Heinemeier Hansson
46 – Thiriet by TDS Racing – Oreca 03 Nissan – Pierre Thiriet
47 – KCMG – Morgan-Nissan – Alexandre Imperatori
48 – Murphy Prototoypes – Oreca 03 Nissan – Brendon Hartley
49 – Pecom Racing* – Oreca 03 Nissan – Luis Perez-Companc

GTE-Pro (11 entries)

51 – AF Corse* – Ferrari F458 Italia – Gianmaria Bruni
66 – JMW Motorsport – Ferrari F458 Italia – Tim Sugden
71 – AF Corse* – Ferrari F458 Italia – Olivier Beretta
73 – Corvette Racing – Corvette C6.R – Antonio Garcia
74 – Corvette Racing – Corvette C6.R – Oliver Gavin
91 – Porsche AG Team Manthey* – Porsche 911 RSR – Marc Lieb
92 – Porsche AG Team Manthey* – Porsche 911 RSR – Joerg Bergmeister
93 – SRT Motorsports – SRT Viper GTS-R – Marc Goossens
94 – SRT Motorsports – SRT Viper GTS-R – Dominik Farnbacher
97 – Aston Martin Racing* – Aston Martin Vantage V8 – Darren Turner
99 – Aston Martin Racing* – Aston Martin Vantage V8 – Stefan Mucke

GTE-Am (14 entries)

50 – Larbre Competition* – Corvette C6.R – Patrick Bornhauser
54 – AF Corse – Ferrari F458 Italia – Yannick Mallegol
55 – AF Corse – Ferrari F458 Italia – Piergiuseppe Perazzini
57 – Krohn Racing* – Ferrari F458 Italia – Tracy Krohn
61 – AF Corse* – Ferrari F458 Italia – Jack Gerber
67 – IMSA Performance Matmut – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR – Pascal Gibon
70 – Larbre Competition – Corvette C6.R – Pedro Lamy
76 – IMSA Performance Matmut* – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR – Raymond Narac
77 – Dempsey Racing-Proton – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR – Patrick Dempsey
80 – Extreme Speed Motorsports – Ferrari F458 Italia – Scott Sharp
81 – 8Star Motorsports* – Ferrari F458 Italia – Enzo Potolicchio
88 – Proton Competition* – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR – Christian Reid
95 – Aston Martin Racing* – Aston Martin Vantage V8 – Allan Simonsen
96 – Aston Martin Racing* – Aston Martin Vantage V8 – Rolad Goethe

Unclassified (1 entry)

0 – GreenGT Technologies – GreenGT H2 – Christian Pescatori

LMP Reserve Entrants (6 entries)

34 – Race Performance – Oreca 03 Judd – Michel Frey
43 – Morand Racing – Morgan-Judd – Natacha Gachnang
39 – DKR Engineering – Lola B11/40 Judd – Olivier Porta
37 – Signatech – Oreca/TBA – Pierre Ragues
23 – Delta-ADR – Oreca 03 Nissan – Shinji Nakano
20 – HVM Status GP – Lola B12/80 Judd – Warren Hughes

GTE Reserves (4 entries)

98 – Aston Martin Racing – Aston Martin Vantage V8 – Stuart Hall
75 – Prospeed Competition – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR – Abdulaziz Al Faisal
52 – Ram Racing – Ferrari F458 Italia – Johnny Mowlem
90 – TRG-AMR North America – Aston Martin Vantage V8 – Kevin Buckler

* Denotes full-season FIA WEC entry

 

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