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Entry List: 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans

This weekend, the FIA World Endurance Championship has their marquee event, the 24 Hours of Le Mans.  The 8.469-mile Circuit de la Sarthe will be alive with activity all week.  The activity will be focused on the 60 teams that are entered.

The headlining LMP1 class is a bit smaller in 2017.  Audi pulling out of the WEC in the wake of the ongoing Dieselgate scandal means that there are only two factory programs (Porsche and Toyota) left out there.  Toyota has a part-time third car entered that Jose Maria Lopez, who started the season in the full-time No. 7, has been exiled to.  Stéphane Sarrazin, who drove the No. 9 Toyota at Spa last month, replaces Lopez in the No. 7.  Regardless, based on pace from the Test Day, Toyota seems to be the favorite as of now to bring Japan their first overall victory at Le Mans since 1991.

The ByKolles Racing Team No. 4 is the only non-hybrid team entered in the class.  In practice, they are likely to fight it out among the LMP2 teams.

In LMP2, there are 25 teams entered.  Testing has shown that the ORECA 07-Gibsons have a visible advantage over the other three cars in the class.  ORECA 07s (or ORECA 07-based entries) were the top 13 cars during the Test Day.

Riley Motorsports, dubbed Keating Motorsports for Le Mans due to rules that prohibit manufacturers in LMP2, will field the sole Riley Mk. 30-Gibson in the field for IMSA GT Daytona point leaders Jeroen Bleekemolen and Ben Keating, along with Ricky Taylor.  The team was 10 seconds off of the fastest drivers during the Test Day, but more time on the track will help.

GTE-Pro once again has a heavy IMSA presence.  Five of the nine full-time GT Le Mans teams (both Corvette Racing C7.Rs, both Ford GTs and Risi Competizione’s Ferrari 488 GTE) are in the field and should play a role.  Sébastien Bourdais was supposed to be in the No. 68 Ford, but his injuries at Indianapolis have ruled him out.  Tony Kanaan will take his place.

Since the race weekend began, there has been one major driver change.  Former Audi factory racer Lucas di Grassi was scheduled to make his GTE debut in AF Corse’s No. 51 Ferrari 488 GTE alongside regular drivers James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi.  However, di Grassi suffered a broken fibula during last weekend’s Berlin e-Prix that has ruled him out of the race.

Veteran Ferrari racer Michele Rugolo has been tapped to take di Grassi’s place in the No. 51.

GTE-Am also has quite a bit of American influence.  California-based Scuderia Corsa won the class last year with Townsend Bell, Jeff Segal and Bill Sweedler.  This year, Bell and Sweedler are back with Cooper MacNeil bringing his WeatherTech sponsorship to the team.  The team earned a second entry by virtue of winning the GT Daytona championship as well.  Championship drivers Alessandro Balzan and Christina Nielsen are joined by Bret Curtis.

Porsche factory racer Patrick Long is back at Le Mans in a third Proton entry, the No. 93 Porsche, along with Pirelli World Challenge regular Mike Hedlund.  Tracy Krohn is also back in a Ferrari, racing the No. 83 DH Racing 488 GTE along with longtime co-driver Nic Jonsson.

Entry List: 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans

Class Team Drivers Car
LMP1 1 - Porsche LMP Team Neel Jani
André Lotterer
Nick Tandy
Porsche 919 Hybrid
LMP1 2 - Porsche LMP Team Earl Bamber
Timo Bernhard
Brendon Hartley
Porsche 919 Hybrid
LMP1 (non-hybrid) 4 - ByKolles Racing Team Marco Bononomi
Dominik Kraihamer
Oliver Webb
LMP1 7 - Toyota GAZOO Racing Mike Conway
Kamui Kobayashi
Stéphane Sarrazin
Toyota TS050-Hybrid
LMP1 8 - Toyota GAZOO Racing Sébastien Buemi
Antony Davidson
Kazuki Nakajima
Toyota TS050-Hybrid
LMP1 9 - Toyota GAZOO Racing Yuni Kunimoto
Nicolas Lapierre
Jose Maria Lopez
Toyota TS050-Hybrid
LMP2 13 - Valliante Rebellion Mathias Beche
David Heinemeier Hansson
Nelson Piquet Jr.
ORECA 07-Gibson
LMP2 17 - IDEC Sport Racing Patrice Lafargue
Paul Lafargue
David Zollinger
Ligier JS P217-Gibson
LMP2 21 - DragonSpeed 10 Star Ben Hanley
Henrik Hedman
Felix Rosenqvist
ORECA 07-Gibson
LMP2 22 - G-Drive Racing (DragonSpeed) José Gutierrez
Ryo Hirakawa
Memo Rojas
ORECA 07-Gibson
LMP2 23 - Panis Barthez Racing Fabien Barthez
Nathaniël Berthon
Timothé Buret
Ligier JS P217-Gibson
LMP2 24 - CEFC Manor TRS Racing Tor Graves
Jonathan Hirschi
Jean-Eric Vergne
ORECA 07-Gibson
LMP2 25 - CEFC Manor TRS Racing Roberto Gonzalez
Vitaly Petrov
Simon Trummer
ORECA 07-Gibson
LMP2 26 - G-Drive Racing Alex Lynn
Roman Rusinov
Pierre Thiriet
ORECA 07-Gibson
LMP2 27 - SMP Racing Mikhail Aleshin
Victor Shaytar
Sergey Sirotkin
Dallara P217-Gibson
LMP2 28 - TDS Racing Emmanuel Collard
François Perrodo
Matthieu Vaxiviere
ORECA 07-Gibson
LMP2 29 - Racing Team Nederland Rubens Barrichello
Jan Lammers
Frits van Eerd
Dallara P217-Gibson
LMP2 31 - Vaillante Rebellion Julien Canal
Nicolas Prost
Bruno Senna
ORECA 07-Gibson
LMP2 32 - United Autosports Filipe Albuquerque
Hugo de Sadeleer
William Owen
Ligier JS P217-Gibson
LMP2 33 - Eurasia Motorsport Erik Maris
Jacques Nicolet
Pierre Nicolet
Ligier JS P217-Gibson
LMP2 34 - Tockwith Motorsports Karun Chandhok
Phil Hanson
Nigel Moore
Ligier JS P217-Gibson
LMP2 35 - Signatech Alpine Matmut André Negrao
Nelson Panciatici
Pierre Ragues
Alpine A470-Gibson
LMP2 36 - Signatech Alpine Matmut Romain Dumas
Gustavo Menezes
Matthew Rao
Alpine A470-Gibson
LMP2 37 - Jackie Chan DC Racing Alex Brundle
David Cheng
Tristan Gommendy
ORECA 07-Gibson
LMP2 38 - Jackie Chan DC Racing Oliver Jarvis
Thomas Laurent
Ho-Pin Tung
ORECA 07-Gibson
LMP2 39 - GRAFF Enzo Guibbert
Eric Trouillet
James Winslow
ORECA 07-Gibson
LMP2 40 - GRAFF James Allen
Richard Bradley
Franck Matelli
ORECA 07-Gibson
LMP2 43 - Keating Motorsports Jeroen Bleekmolen
Ben Keating
Ricky Taylor
Riley Mk. 30-Gibson
LMP2 45 - Algarve Pro Racing Vincent Capillare
Matt McMurry
Mark Patterson
Ligier JS P217-Gibson
LMP2 47 - Cetilar Villorba Corse Andrea Belicchi
Roberto Lacorte
Giorgio Sernagiotto
Dallara P217-Gibson
LMP2 49 - ARC Bratislava Rik Bruekers
Konstantins Calko
Miroslav Konopka
Ligier JS P217-Gibson
GTE-Am 50 - Larbre Competition Romain Brandela
Christian Philippon
Fernando Rees
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
GTE-Pro 51 - AF Corse James Calado
Lucas Di Grassi
Alessandro Pier Guidi
Ferrari 488 GT3
GTE-Am 54 - Spirit of Race Olivier Beretta
Francesco Castellacci
Thomas Flohr
Ferrari 488 GTE
GTE-Am 55 - Spirit of Race Duncan Cameron
Marco Cioci
Aaron Scott
Ferrari 488 GTE
GTE-Am 60 - Clearwater Racing Hiroki Katoh
Àlvaro Parente
Richard Wee
Ferrari 488 GTE
GTE-Am 61 - Clearwater Racing Matt Griffin
Weng-Sun Mok
Keita Sawa
Ferrari 488 GTE
GTE-Am 62 - Scuderia Corsa Townsend Bell
Cooper MacNeil
Bill Sweedler
Ferrari 488 GTE
GTE-Pro 63 - Corvette Racing Antonio Garcia
Jan Magnussen
Jordan Taylor
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
GTE-Pro 64 - Corvette Racing Marcel Fässler
Oliver Gavin
Tommy Milner
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
GTE-Am 65 - Scuderia Corsa Alessandro Balzan
Bret Curtis
Christina Nielsen
Ferrari 488 GTE
GTE-Pro 66 - Ford Chip Ganassi Racing UK Billy Johnson
Stefan Mücke
Olivier Pla
Ford GT
GTE-Pro 67 - Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Pipo Derani
Andy Priaulx
Harry Tincknell
Ford GT
GTE-Pro 68 - Ford Chip Ganassi Racing USA Joey Hand
Tony Kanaan
Dirk Müller
Ford GT
GTE-Pro 69 - Ford Chip Ganassi Racing USA Ryan Briscoe
Scott Dixon
Richard Westbrook
Ford GT
GTE-Pro 71 - AF Corse Sam Bird
Miguel Molina
Davide Rigon
Ferrari 488 GTE
GTE-Am 77 - Dempsey-Proton Racing Matteo Cairoli
Marvin Dienst
Christian Ried
Porsche 911 RSR (2015)
GTE-Pro 82 - Risi Competizione Giancarlo Fisichella
Pierre Kaffer
Toni Vilander
Ferrari 488 GTE
GTE-Am 83 - DH Racing Andrea Bertolini
Nic Jönsson
Tracy Krohn
Ferrari 488 GTE
GTE-Am 84 - JMW Motorsport Robert Smith
Will Stevens
Dries Vanthoor
Ferrari 488 GTE
GTE-Am 86 - Gulf Racing Ben Barker
Nick Foster
Michael Wainwright
Porsche 911 RSR (2015)
GTE-Am 88 - Proton Competition Khaled Al-Qubaisi
Klaus Bachler
Stéphane Lemeret
Porsche 911 RSR (2015)
GTE-Am 90 - TF Sport Rob Bell
Euan Hankey
Salih Yoluc
Aston Martin Vantage
GTE-Pro 91 - Porsche GT Team Richard Lietz
Frédéric Makowiecki
Patrick Pilet
Porsche 911 RSR
GTE-Pro 92 - Porsche GT Team Michael Christensen
Kevin Estre
Dirk Werner
Porsche 911 RSR
GTE-Am 93 - Proton Competition Abdulaziz Turki Al-Faisal
Mike Hedlund
Patrick Long
Porsche 911 RSR (2015)
GTE-Pro 95 - Aston Martin Racing Marco Sørensen
Richie Stanaway
Nicki Thiim
Aston Martin Vantage
GTE-Pro 97 - Aston Martin Racing Jonny Adam
Daniel Serra
Darren Turner
Aston Martin Vantage
GTE-Am 98 - Aston Martin Racing Paul Dalla Lana
Pedro Lamy
Mathias Lauda
Aston Martin Vantage
GTE-Am 99 - Beechdean AMR Oliver Bryant
Ross Gunn
Andrew Howard
Aston Martin Vantage

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