2017 Le Mans 24h entry list - 60 cars on the grid

February 3, 2017
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Ian McLeigh

  • 2016 Le Mans 24h grid

Sixty cars would be on the grid for the 85th running of the 24 hours of Le Mans, the world’s greatest endurance race which will take place at the French Circuit de la Sarthe on June 17-18, 2017. Automobile Club de l’Ouest and FIA revealed the provisional entry list more than four months before the race, together with lists of teams that would participate full season in the FIA WEC and ELMS championships.

Sixty-car grid was set last year for the first time since tragical 1955 race and organisers repeat that number again for this year’s edition. The entry list comprises 6 LMP1 prototypes, 25 LMP2s, 13 GTE Pro crews and 16 GTE Am teams.

2016 Le Mans winner

Of 2016 winners, only Neel Jani will participate in the 2017 edition of Le Mans 24h

Six LMP1 entrants, Neel Jani as only defending winner

LMP1 as a top class dropped to five full-time entrants for the 2017 WEC season. Toyota added one more car to increase its chances for Le Mans victory which Japanese team dramatically lost last year. There were no suprises among the names of Porsche and Toyota factory LMP1 drivers so the biggest novelty at the revelation of the entry list was return of Robert Kubica to full-time circuit racing. The former Formula One start spent few years as commited rally driver and now enters endurance racing as a member of By Kolles Racing, ready to drive new CLM P1/01-Nissan prototype.

Of three last year’s winner, only Neel Jani will try to defend its crown in the #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid, sharing the car with former winners Andre Lotterer and Nick Tandy. Jani’s last year’s teammates Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb are out of team, same as 2015 world champ Mark Webber, who will serve as a Grand Marshal.

2016 Le Mans, Ford GT

Ford is returning to Le Mans with four cars

25 LMP2 prototypes and 29 GT cars

In the LMP2 class, last year’s winners Nicolas Lapierre and Stephane Richelmi are returning, but separated in two Signatech Alpine cars. The biggest ever LMP2 grid comprises of thirteen Oreca 07 prototypes and six Ligier JS P217 cars. The rest are three Dallara P217s, two Alpine A470s (rebranded Oreca) and one Riley Mk30. All LMP2 prototypes are powered by Gibson engines.

In the GTE Pro field, Ford will defend last year’s victory with four cars, against three Ferrari, two Porsches and two Aston Martins. Two Scuderia Corsa’s Ferrari will be on the grid to defend team’s last year’s GTE Am victory. There will be eight Ferraris in total, against four Porsches, three Aston Martins and one Chevrolet Corvette.

LMP11Porsche TeamPorsche 919 HybridNeel Jani, Andre Lotterer, Nick Tandy
2Porsche Team Porsche 919 HybridBrendon Hartley, Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber
4ByKolles RacingENSO CLM P1/01-NissanRobert Kubica, Oliver Webb
7Toyota Gazoo RacingToyota TS050 HybridMike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, Jose Maria Lopez
8Toyota Gazoo RacingToyota TS050 HybridAnthony Davidson, Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima
9Toyota Gazoo RacingToyota TS050 Hybrid Stephane Sarrazin
LMP213Vaillante RebellionOreca 07-GibsonNelson Piquet, Mathias Beche, David Heinemeier Hansson
17IDEC Sport RacingLigier JS P217-GibsonPatrice Lafargue
21DragonspeedOreca 07-GibsonHenrik Hedman, Ben Hanley
22G-Drive RacingOreca 07-GibsonMemo Rojas
23Panis-Barthez CompetitionLigier JS P217-GibsonFabien Barthez, Timothe Buret
24CEFC Manor TRS RacingOreca 07-GibsonTor Graves
25CEFC Manor TRS RacingOreca 07-GibsonRoberto Gonzalez
26G-Drive RacingOreca 07-GibsonRoman Rusinov, Pierre Thiriet
27SMP RacingDallara P217 - GibsonMikhail Aleshin
28TDS RacingOreca 07-GibsonFrancois Perrodo, Emmanuel Collard, Matthieu Vaxiviere
29Racing Team NederlandDallara P217 - GibsonJan Lammers, Rubens Barrichello, Frits van Eerd
31Vaillante RebellionOreca 07-GibsonNicolas Prost, Bruno Senna, Julien Canal
32United AutosportsLigier JS P217-GibsonWilliam Owen, Hugo de Sadeleer
33Eurasia MotorsportLigier JS P217-GibsonChris Hoy
34Tockwith MotorsportsLigier JS P217-GibsonNigel Moore
35Signatech Alpine MatmutAlpine A470-GibsonStephane Richelmi
36Signatech Alpine MatmutAlpine A470-GibsonNicolas Lapierre
37Jackie Chan DC RacingOreca 07-GibsonDavid Cheng
38Jackie Chan DC RacingOreca 07-GibsonHo-Pin Tung
39GraffOreca 07-GibsonJames Allen
40GraffOreca 07-GibsonEnzo Guibbert
43Keating MotorsportsRiley MK30-GibsonBen Keating
45Algarve Pro RacingLigier JS P217-GibsonMark Patterson
47Cetilar Villorba CorseDallara P217-GibsonRoberto Lacorte
49ARC BratislavaOreca 07-GibsonMiroslav Konopka
LMGTE Pro51AF CorseFerrari 488 GTEJames Calado
63Corvette Racing - GMCorvette C7.RAntonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen, Mike Rockenfeller
64Corvette Racing - GMCorvette C7.ROliver Gavin, Tommy Milner, Marcel Fassler
66Ford Chip Ganassi Team UKFord GTStefan Mucke, Olivier Pla, Billy Johnson
67Ford Chip Ganassi Team UKFord GTAndy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell, Pipo Derani
68Ford Chip Ganassi Team USAFord GTJoey Hand, Dirk Muller, Sebastien Bouardais
69Ford Chip Ganassi Team USAFord GTRyan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook, Scott Dixon
71AF CorseFerrari 488 GTESam Bird, Davide Rigon
82Risi CompetizioneFerrari 488 GTEToni Vilander, Giancarlo Fisichella
91Porsche GT TeamPorsche 911 RSRRichard Lietz
92Porsche GT TeamPorsche 911 RSRMichael Christensen
95Aston Martin RacingAston Martin Vantage GTENicki Thiim, Marco Sorensen
97Aston Martin RacingAston Martin Vantage GTEDarren Turner, Jonny Adam
LMGTE Am50Larbre CompetitionChevrolet Corvette C7-Z06Ricky Taylor
54Spirit of RaceFerrari 488 GTEThomas Flohr, Francesco Castellacci
55Spirit of RaceFerrari 488 GTEDuncan Cameron
60Clearwater RacingFerrari 488 GTEMatt Griffin, Keita Sawa
61Clearwater RacingFerrari 488 GTEWeng Sun Mok
62Scuderia CorsaFerrari 488 GTECooper Mac Neil
65Scuderia CorsaFerrari 488 GTEChristina Nielsen
77Dempsey-Proton RacingPorsche 911 RSRChristian Ried
83DH RacingFerrari 488 GTERiccardo Ragazzi
84JMW MotorsportFerrari 488 GTERobert Smith
86Gulf RacingPorsche 911 RSRMike Wainwright
88Proton CompetitionPorsche 911 RSRWolf Henzler
90TF SportAston Martin Vantage GTESalih Yoluc, Euan Hankey, Rob Bell
93Proton CompetitionPorsche 911 RSRPatrick Long
98Aston Martin RacingAston Martin Vantage GTEPaul Dalla Lana, Mathias Lauda, Pedro Lamy
98Beechdean AMRAston Martin Vantage GTEAndrew Howard

Photos: Porsche, lemans.org,

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