The First Group Of Le Mans Invitations
The Guaranteed Entries

The ACO has confirmed the first 24 entries to be invited to compete in the 75th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours.

The ACO’s release makes it clear that the first two in each category at Le Mans and in the Le Mans Series receive an automatic entry, while for the ALMS it is the first team in each category plus the winner at Petit Le Mans.

Corvette Racing’s third place at PLM is rewarded with an entry because of the “non conformité” of the Aston Martins that finished 1-2 in that event.

For reasons that aren’t yet clear, the GT2 winner at PLM doesn’t receive a guaranteed entry. “… La Porsche 911 GT3 RSR gagnante de la catégorie LM GT2 ayant disputé l’epreuve sous derogation technique…” So Risi Competizione receives two entries - because the P/WL Porsche somehow failed its post-race technical inspection? Correction: the proper translation is that "the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR victorious in the LM GT2 Category in the “Petit Le Mans” raced in the event under a technical waiver ...."

Whether all these 24 accept their places remains to be seen.

The ACO has released this list a month sooner than it did before the 74th running of the race.

LMP1
Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R10 1st Le Mans 24 Hours
Pescarolo Sport Pescarolo Judd 2nd Le Mans 24 Hours
Pescarolo Sport Pescarolo Judd 1st Le Mans Series
Creation Autosportif 2nd Le Mans Series
Audi Sport North America Audi R10 1st PLM
Audi Sport North America Audi R10 (R8) 1st ALMS

LMP2
RML MG Lola EX 264 1st Le Mans 24 Hours
Binnie Motorsports Lola B05/42 Zytek 2nd Le Mans 24 Hours
Barazi-Epsilon Courage C65 AER 1st Le Mans Series
RML MG Lola EX 264 2nd Le Mans Series
Penske Motorsports 1st PLM
Penske Motorsports 1st ALMS

GT1
Corvette Racing Corvette C6.R 1st Le Mans 24 Hours
Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin DBR9 2nd Le Mans 24 Hours
Aston Martin Racing Larbre Aston Martin DBR9 1st Le Mans Series
Convers Team MenX Ferrari 550 Maranello 2nd Le Mans Series
Corvette Racing Corvette C6.R 3rd PLM
Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin DBR9 2nd ALMS

GT2
Team LNT Panoz Esperante 1st Le Mans 24 Hours
Seikel Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3-RSR 2nd Le Mans 24 Hours
Autorlando Sport Porsche 911 GT3-RSR 1st Le Mans Series
Team LNT Panoz Esperante 2nd Le Mans Series
Risi Competizione Ferrari 430 GT 2nd PLM
Risi Competizione Ferrari 430 GT 1st ALMS

 

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