20 Le Mans Entries Taken Up?
This is where it gets very interesting….
to take up their guaranteed entries for the Le Mans 24 Hours had
to do so by January 5, and the French newspaper Ouest France
has somehow found the list of those teams that have done so –
writes Claude Foubert.
The newspaper provides
this list of those teams not taking up their places:
Alex Job Racing (2)
The new list of the guaranteed
Le Mans 2004 entries is therefore shown as:
Intersport Lola (2)
Ferrari 550 Maranello (4): (Veloqx-Prodrive Racing, Prodrive, Veloqx-Care
Racing, BMS Scuderia Italia)
Chevrolet Corvette (2)
Ferrari 360 Modena (Risi Competition)
Ferrari 360 Modena (Cirtek Motorsport
Ferrari 360 Modena (JMB Racing)
PK Sport Porsche
Freisinger Porsche (2)
So it looks as though 20 cars are definitely in the race, with the
remaining 30 to be selected in late March / early April.
Most of the
above makes perfect sense: for example no one expected Bentley to
take up its entries, Reinhold Joest is doing other things in 2004,
as is John Nielsen (the DBA sold to Creation Autosportif), while
Dyson Racing and Alex Job Racing seem not to have taken up their
entries. Neither has Henri Pescarolo, Ouest France suggesting
that this is because of the change of engine (Peugeot to Judd),
although perhaps budgetry factors come into play too.
place has popped in and out of the ACO list (of guaranteed entries),
but it now seems that a spot was reserved thanks to FIA GT success
(and not two to BMS Scuderia Italia), and this place has been transferred
to the 900/LMP1 Class Lister Storm LMP.