23 More Le Mans Entries Added
The ACO has released the next batch of entries for the 2006 Le Mans 24 Hours – in effect 22 more to add to the 16 already guaranteed / accepted.

That needs a slight clarification though, because the Convers Team Ferrari 550 entry has effectively become the Convers Team MenX Ferrari, so really there are 23 new additions to the list (of 15), because the Convers MenX Ferrari hasn't occupied the guaranteed entry of the Convers Team 550.

This was the list as of the middle of January:

LM P1
Pescarolo Sport Pescarolo Judd
Pescarolo Sport Pescarolo Judd
Zytek Motorsport Zytek 04S (now hybrid)

LM P2
RML Lola MG
Paul Belmondo Racing Courage C65 (C75)
Intersport Racing Lola B05/40 AER
Miracle Motorsports Courage C65

GT1
Corvette Racing Corvette C6.R
Corvette Racing Corvette C6.R
Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin DBR9
ACEMCO Motorsports Saleen S7R
BMS Scuderia Ferrari 550 Maranello
Convers Team Ferrari 550 Maranello (now Convers Team MenX)

GT2
White Lightning Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
Sebah Automotive Porsche 911 GT3 RS
Scuderia Ecosse Ferrari 360 (now a 430)

To these we can add the following:

LMP1
Lister Storm Racing Lister Storm

LMP2
Binnie Motorsports Lola Zytek B05/40
Chamberlain-Synergy Lola B05/40
Paul Belmondo Racing Courage C75 AER
G-Force Racing Courage C65 Judd
Barazi Epsilon Courage C65 AER
Pierre Bruneau Pilbeam MP92 Judd
Gerard Welter WR Peugeot

The 'intrigue' (for want of a better word) is the entry of the Chamberlain-Synergy Lola B05/40 in LMP2 (see below).

GT1
Luc Alphand Aventures Corvette C5-R
Aston Martin Racing DBR9
Russian Age Racing Ferrari 550
Russian Age Racing Aston Martin DBR9
JLOC Lamorghini Murcielago
Larbre Competition Ferrari 550

GT2
Multimatic Motorsport Team Panoz Esperante
Team Taisan Advan Porsche 911 GT3-RSR
Gordon Racing Team 911 GT3-RSR
Spyker Squaron Spyker C8 Spyder (x2)
Flying Lizard Motorsports 911 GT3-RSR
Team LNT Panoz Esperante
IMSA Performance Matmut (Narac) 911 GT3-RSR.

So there are 12 more entries to be confirmed, which will be announced after the Sebring 12 Hours. In addition, eight reserve entries will also be announced (which will take up any entries which are not taken up by May 26). In 2007, 55 cars will be eligible to start the race.

So any conclusions to be drawn from the latest list? The Binnie Lola Zytek receives an entry this year - while so far, only slightly surprisingly, there's no sign of any Audi R10s or a Lola B06/10 (homologation yet to take place for the new chassis [plural] and/or the fact that thus far, neither has participated in a race). No 'new hybrids' either - Creation, Jota, ProTran - just the single factory Zytek (that already had an entry). Other notable omissions, so far, include the Racing for Holland Dome Mugen hybrid, the new Courage C70s, the new Radicals and the C65s from del Bello and Kruse.

Essentially, the new prototypes have not been included yet.

The LMP1 Class is seriously short of numbers so far, while LMP2 still needs some to be added (based on probable entry numbers in each class).

Hans van Rennes (team manager at Spyker Squadron) didn’t know that Spyker had two entries until we told him, and he was almost speechless with delight. Only one Multimatic Team Panoz entry so far, no TVR entry yet (leaving just four marques in GT2 at the moment), while GT1 sees six different models in the line-up already (C5-R, C6.R, Lamborghini Murcielago, Ferrari 550, Aston Martin DBR9 and Saleen S7R). The Lamborghini is the newcomer, while Rob Schirle's Russian Age Racing receives two entries (a 550 and a DBR9).

So far, no sign of an ORECA Saleen on the GT1 list, or a GruppeM entry in GT2.

79 applications were made to race at Le Mans this year (16 LMP1s, 18 LMP2s, 19 GT1s and 26 GT2s).

 

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