Ford & Chevy Prepare for Le Mans battle…both Braille lithium equipped
The 2017 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans will be contested by 60 cars, the ACO has announced.
As such, the number of entries will remain the same as last year, when the event returned to a 60-car grid for the first time since 1955.
The entry list was unveiled during ACO’s annual press conference, which was livestreamed on Motorsport.com.
Six LMP1 entrants
The exit of Audi’s works team and Rebellion’s switch from the LMP1 privateer class to LMP2 has left five full-time LMP1 entries for the 2017 edition of the WEC series – two from Porsche, two from Toyota and one from independent entrant ByKolles.
However, for Le Mans, one more works LMP1 machine will be present, with Toyota expanding to a three-car line-up for the prestigious event.
The Japanese marque, which was one lap away from a landmark first-ever Le Mans win when its flagship #5 car broke down, has added a third TS050 Hybrid for the 2017 edition.
LMP2 will again be the highest-represented class on the grid, with 25 entrants – up three compared to 2016.
GTE Pro will be down one entry, with 13 cars featuring – two Porsches, two Aston Martins, two Chevrolets, three Ferraris and another four-car line-up from Ford Chip Ganassi.
GTE Am, which had matched GTE Pro in the number of entries in 2016, will now be contested by 16 cars.