Le Mans, WEC, ELMS entry lists are out

February 9, 2018

Le Mans, WEC, ELMS entry lists are out

February 9, 2018

Entry lists are out for the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans, FIA World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series. Both the Le Mans and WEC entry lists were released today, while the ELMS entry came out Thursday.

The WEC’s transitional “Super Season” will run eight events between 2018 and 2019. Competitors will race twice at both Le Mans and the preceding 6 Hours of Spa.

This gives Le Mans an even more unique designation beyond its hallmark status on the endurance racing calendar. It will be both the second and last rounds of the season.

Unsurprisingly, there’s been a bevy of interest from teams and manufacturers in the race. Here are a look at the respective lists.

Le Mans

This year’s 2018 Le Mans will feature a 60-car grid, split evenly between 30 prototype and 30 GTE cars. Some 24 extra cars will join the 36 full-season WEC cars.

Michelin is listed at least 38 cars (10 LMP1, 3 LMP2, 17 GTE-Pro and 8 GTE-Am), with a number of teams yet to declare their tire partner for the race.

The GTE-Pro grid sees the largest amount of IMSA representation. IMSA regulars Corvette Racing, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing and Porsche GT Team add six additional cars, and an additional AF Corse pro class Ferrari could feature some IMSA regular drivers – Toni Vilander is the first nominated driver there.

The Keating Motorsports Ferrari takes up one of IMSA’s automatic invites in GTE-Am, with Ben Keating and Jeroen Bleekemolen its first confirmed drivers. JDC-Miller Motorsports, another team which received an automatic invite, isn’t listed. Scuderia Corsa and Brian Alder’s team are listed as reserve entries.

The full entry list is linked here.

WEC

A 36-car FIA WEC entry list features 10 LMP1, 7 LMP2, 10 GTE-Pro and 9 GTE-Am cars. Michelin is listed for 28 of those 36 cars (10 LMP1, 1 LMP2, 10 GTE-Pro and 7 GTE-Am) at the moment.

A handful of IMSA regulars join this list, although a date change for the 6 Hours of Fuji from October 21 to October 14 will hurt some sports car regulars who’d committed to both the FIA WEC and IMSA’s Patron Endurance Cup. It now pits Fuji against IMSA’s Motul Petit Le Mans.

This change helps Toyota’s Fernando Alonso to avoid a clash with Formula 1’s United States Grand Prix on October 21 and frees him up to run all FIA WEC races.

Here’s the WEC entry list.

ELMS

The ELMS list, released Thursday, features a prototype-heavy field with 17 LMP2 and 18 LMP3 cars to make up 35 of the 41 cars. Six GTE entries split three apiece between Ferrari and Porsche complete the roster.

Five LMP2 cars (No. 21 DragonSpeed and No. 29 Duqueine Oreca 07s, No. 23 Panis Barthez and Nos. 27 and 28 IDEC Sport Ligier JS P217s) will run on Michelin tires. The entire LMP3 field runs on Michelin tires.

Several of the 17 LMP2 cars also received a Le Mans invitation. The full entry list is linked here.

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