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62 Car Entry For Centenary 24 Hours Of Le Mans Revealed, 16 Hypercars

The full 62 car entry for the centenary running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans from Saturday 10 June to Sunday 11 June has been announced.

The line-up totals 16 Hypercars, 24 LMP2s, 21 LMGTE Am cars and one ‘Innovative Car’.

There are also ten teams on the reserve list.

Hypercar: 16 Cars

  • #2 CADILLAC RACING: Cadillac V-Series.R – Earl Bamber, Alex Lynn, Richard Westbrook
  • #3 CADILLAC RACING: Cadillac V-Series.R – Sebastiien Bourdais, Renger van der Zande, Scott Dixon
  • #4 FLOYD VANWALL RACING TEAM: Vanwall Vandervell 680 – Jacques Villeneuve, Tom Dillmann, Esteban Guerrieri
  • #5 PORSCHE PENSKE MOTORSPORT: Porsche 963 Hybrid – Dane Cameron, Michael Christensen, Frederic Makowiecki
  • #6 PORSCHE PENSKE MOTORSPORT: Porsche 963 Hybrid – Kevin Estre, Andre Lotterer, Laurens Vanthoor
  • #7 TOYOTA GAZOO RACING: Toyota GR010-Hybrid – Mike Conway, Jose Maria Lopez, Kamui Kobayashi
  • #8 TOYOTA GAZOO RACING: Toyota GR010-Hybrid – Sebastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley, Ryo Hirakawa
  • #38 HERTZ TEAM JOTA: Porsche 963 – Will Stevens, Yifei Ye, Antonio Felix Da Costa
  • #50 FERRARI AF CORSE: Ferrari 499P – Antonio Fuoco, Miguel Molina, Nicklas Nielsen
  • #51 FERRARI AF CORSE: Ferrari 499P – Alessandro Pier Guidi, James calado, Antonio Giovanazzi
  • #75 PORSCHE PENSKE MOTORSPORT: Porsche 963 Hybrid – Felipe Nasr, TBA, TBA
  • #93 PEUGEOT TOTALENERGIES: Peugeot 9X8 – Paul di Resta, Mikkel Jense, Jean-Eric Vergne
  • #94 PEUGEOT TOTALENERGIES: Peugeot 9X8 – Loic Duval, Gustavo Menezes, Nico Muller
  • #311 ACTION EXPRESS RACING: Cadillac V-Series.R – Pipo Derani, Alexander Sims, Jack Aitken
  • #708 GLICKENHAUS RACING: Glickenhaus SCG 007C – Roman Dumas, TBA, TBA
  • #709 GLICKENHAUS RACING: Glickenhaus SCG 007C – Franck Mailleux, TBA, TBA

This year the Hypercar class arrives with a bang after two transitional seasons.

A 16 car entry is the highest number of race entries in the top class at Le Mans since 2011 when there were 17 LMP1s!

Seven manufacturers are represented: Ferrari, Porsche, Peugeot, Cadillac, Vanwall, Glickenhaus and Toyota with Ferrari, Porsche, Cadillac and Vanwall all posting the Le Mans debuts for their new-generation cars.

From the 13 full-season WEC cars 12 are entered with Proton Competition opting to delay their WEC Porsche 963 programme.

The additional four cars include two Cadillacs (adding to the single full season WEC car, Action Express are set to make their Le Mans debut via an automatic invitation from IMSA with their car numbered #311 (their regular IMSA #31 is already allocated to a Team WRT LMP2) whilst the factory Cadillac Racing squad run by Chip Ganassi Racing add their full-season IMSA car to the entry.

Notably, Cadillac has confirmed that their top class cars in both IMSA and WEC competition will henceforth be called the Cadillac V-Series.R, the brand dispensing with the previous V.LMDH model name.

Glickenhaus also add an additional car, the US-flagged team again fielding a pair of their SCG007C machines after taking a podium finish in 2022.

And Porsche adds a third factory-run 963 to their full-season pair in WEC, the #75 car joins the full season #5 & #6.

The only car flagged by a team as a likely entry that does not feature is the second ‘Vanwall Vandervell 680’ trailed by Colin Kolles though it is not known at present whether the team opted not to enter the car or whether it was simply not selected.

Toyota will be aiming for a sixth consecutive win but others too are looking for landmark results with Porsche targeting its 20th overall victory, while Ferrari returns to the top tier at Le Mans after a 50-year hiatus in search of their tenth victory!

Peugeot will be looking to add a fourth win to their roll of honour 15 years after the marque’s last success.

LMP2: 24 Cars, All Oreca 07 Gibson

There will be 24 teams on the LMP2 grid, eight of which are LMP2 Pro-Am entries featuring at least one bronze-ranked driver Pro-Am cars are listed in italics below).

11 arrive via the full-season WEC entry list plus a further five with automatic invitations via successes in the European and Asian Le Mans Series and IMSA’s Weathertech Sportscar Championship.

For the first time at Le Mans the entire class is composed of ORECA 07 chassis, all powered by Gibson Engineering’s 4.2 litre GK428 normally aspirated V8.

  • #9 PREMA RACING: Bent Viscaal, Juan Manuel Correa, Filip Ugran
  • #10 VECTOR SPORT: Ryan Cullen, TBA, TBA
  • #13 TOWER MOTORSPORT: John Farano, TBA, TBA
  • #14 NIELSEN RACING: Rodrigo Sales, Mathias Beche, Ben Hanley
  • #22 UNITED AUTOSPORTS: Philip Hanson, Filipe Albuquerque,
  • #23 UNITED AUTOSPORTS: Joshua Pierson, Tom Blomqvist, Oliver Jarvis
  • #28 JOTA: David Heinemeier Hansson, Oliver Rasmussen, Pietro Fittipaldi
  • #30 DUQUEINE TEAM: Neel Jani, Rene Binder, Nico Pino
  • #31 TEAM WRT: Sean Gelael, TBA, TBA
  • #34 INTER EUROPOL COMPETITION: Jakub Smiechowski, Albert Costa, Fabio Scherer
  • #35 ALPINE ELF TEAM: Andre Negrao, TBA, TBA
  • #36 ALPINE ELF TEAM: Matthieu Vaxiviere, TBA, TBA
  • #37 COOL RACING: Alexandre Coigny, Nico Lapierre, Malthe Jakobsen
  • #39 GRAFF RACING: Francois Heriau, TBA, TBA
  • #41 TEAM WRT: Rui Andrade, TBA, TBA
  • #43 DKR ENGINEERING: Tom van Rompuy, TBA, TBA
  • #45 ALGARVE PRO RACING: George Kurtz, James Allen, Colin Braun
  • #47 COOL RACING: Reshad de Gerus, Vladislav Lomko
  • #48 IDEC SPORT: Paul Lafargue, Paul Loup Chatin, Laurents Hörr
  • #63 PREMA RACING: Doriane Pin, Danii Kvyat, Mirko Bortolotti
  • #65 PANIS RACING: Job van Uitert, Tijmwn van der Helm, Manuel Maldonado
  • #80 AF CORSE: Francois Perrodo, Ben Barnicoat, Norman Nato
  • #923 RACING TEAM TURKEY: Salih Yoluc, TBA, TBA

LMGTE Am: 21 Cars

The final Le Mans 24 Hours for GTE cars before the new LM GT3 class takes the reins in 2024, the LMGTE Am class welcomes 21 cars after the GTE Pro class was discontinued at the end of the 2022 WEC season

Eight Porsche 911 RSR-19s, seven Ferrari 488 GTE-EVOs, five Aston Martin Vantage AMRs and one Chevrolet Corvette C8.R will form the grid.

Notable storylines here include Walkenhorst Motorsport opting for a Ferrari 488 GTE in their entry numbered #100 after winning an auto-invitation via success in the Asian Le Mans Series this month, so no fan-favourite return for the ‘big-boi’ BMW M8 GTE!

JMW Motorsport continues their long run at Le Mans with the seventh and final appearance of their Ferrari 488 at the 24 Hours (the same car won on its race debut at Le Mans in 2017 and has featured every year since!) and look out for something very special indeed from the all-French-crewed #72 Aston Martin somewhat closer to the big race!

  • #16 PROTON COMPETITION: Porsche 911 RSR – Ryan Hardwick, Zacharie Robichon, TBA
  • #21 AF CORSE: Ferrari 488 GTE – Simon Mann, Stefano Constantini, Ulysse de Pauw
  • #25 ORT BY TF: Aston Martin Vantage AMR – Ahmad Al Harthy, TBA, TBA
  • #33 CORVETTE RACING: Chevrolet Corvette C8.R – Ben Keating, Nico Varrone, Nicky Catsburg
  • #54 AF CORSE: Ferrari 488 GTE – Thomas Flöhr, Francesco Castelacci, Davide Rigon
  • #55 GMB MOTORSPORT: Aston Martin Vantage AMR – Gustav Birch, KasperJensen, Jens Reno Muller
  • #56 PROJECT 1 AO: Porsche 911 RSR – PJ Hyett, Gunnar Jeannette, Matteo Cairoli
  • #57 KESSEL RACING: Ferrari 488 GTE – Takeshi Kimura, Gregory Huffaker, Daniel Serra
  • #60 IRON LYNX: Porsche 911 RSR – Claudio Schiavoni, TBA, TBA
  • #66 JMW MOTORSPORT: Ferrari 488 GTE – Thomas Neubauer, TBA, TBA
  • #72 TF SPORT: Aston Martin Vantage AMR – Arnold Robin, Maxime Robin, Valentin Haase-Clot
  • #74 KESSEL RACING: Ferrari 488 GTE – David Fumanelli, TBA, TBA
  • #77 DEMPSEY-PROTON RACING: Porsche 911 RSR – Christian Ried, TBA, TBA
  • #83 RICHARD MILLE AF CORSE: Ferrari 488 GTE – Lilou Wadoux, Alessio Rovera, Luis Perez Companc
  • #85 IRON DAMES: Porsche 911 RSR – Sarah Bovy, Rahel Frey, Michelle Gatting
  • #86 GR RACING: Porsche 911 RSR – Mike Wainwright, TBA, TBA
  • #88 PROTON COMPETITION: Porsche 911 RSR – Gianmaria Bruni, TBA, TBA
  • #98 NORTHWEST AMR: Aston Martin Vantage AMR – Paul Dalla Lana, TBA, TBA
  • #100 WALKENHORST MOTORSPORT: Ferrari 488 GTE – Chandler Hull, TBA, TBA
  • #777 D’STATION RACING: Aston Martin Vantage AMR – Satoshi Hoshino, Tomonobu Fujii, Charlie Fagg
  • #911 PROTON COMPETITION: Porsche 911 RSR – Michael Fassbender, Richard Lietz, TBA

Innovative Car

Garage 56, reserved for an innovative car running outside the official classification, will host a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 entered by the Hendrick Motorsports team, on its maiden appearance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

This is a heavily modified version of the Next Gen NASCAR that competed in the 2022 Cup Series. The car will be symbolically numbered #24 and will be driven by Jenson Button, former Formula One World Champion, Mike Rockenfeller, 2010 Le Mans 24 Hours winner and Jimmie Johnson, seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion.

  • #24 HENDRICK MOTORSPORT – Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 – Jimmie Johnson, Jenson Button, Mike Rockenfeller

2023 Provisional Entry List – 24 Hours of Le Mans >>

10 cars are listed on a reserve list and will be selected to join the entry proper if and when any car from any class withdraws.

Reserve List – 10 Cars

  • 1st Reserve GTE Am #555 Spirit of Race: Ferrari 488 GTE EVO – Duncan Cameron, Matt Griffin, David Perel
  • 2nd Reserve LMP2 #81 Dragonspeed USA: Oreca 07 Gibson – Henrik Hedman, Juan Pablo Montoya, Sebastien Montoya
  • 3rd Reserve GTE Am #82 Risi Competizione: Ferrari 488 GTE EVO – Toni Vilander, TBA, TBA
  • 4th Reserve LMP2 #15 Nielsen Racing: Oreca 07 Gibson – Tony Wells, Matt Bell, TBA
  • 5th Reserve GTE Am #46 Team Project 1: Porsche 911 RSR – Timo Glock, TBA, TBA
  • 6th Reserve LMP2 #44 ARC Bratislava: Oreca 07 Gibson – Miro Konopka, TBA, TBA
  • 7th Reserve GTE Am #52 Formula Racing: Ferrari 488 GTE EVO – Johnny Laursen, Conrad Laursen, TBA
  • 8th Reserve GTE Am #95 TF Sport: Aston Martin Vantage AMR – John Hartshorne, Jonny Adam, TBA
  • 9th Reserve GTE Am #59 Garage 59: Ferrari 488 GTE EVO – Alexander West, TBA, TBA
  • 10th Reserve GTE Am #27 Heart of Racing: Aston Martin Vantage AMR – Ian James, TBA, TBA

Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest: The 24 Hours of Le Mans is poised to celebrate its 100th anniversary in June, in what will be the fourth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship. In addition to the extraordinary entertainment programme, the Centenary will also be celebrated on track, where we can expect a series of spectacular clashes. To witness the Centenary of such an iconic race is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Few events can boast such longevity and offer what promises to be one of the greatest sporting occasions in history.

Mohammed Ben Sulayem, FIA President: The 24 Hours of Le Mans race is one of the biggest and greatest motor sport events in history as well as the traditional focal point of the FIA World Endurance Championship season. With the race celebrating its centenary and owing to the incredibly strong entry, it will be even more special this year. I would therefore like to wish the event organisers, the promoter, the fans, the competitors and teams; and all the FIA staff involved the best of luck with what will surely be an event to remember!

Richard Mille, FIA Endurance Commission President: The build-up for this year’s edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans starts today and the entry promises that there’s plenty to look forward to. The Hypercar class reached and impressive 16 cars, which is the highest seen in the top class at Le Mans in over a decade. This is exactly what we envisaged in the early days of developing the Hypercar concept. I cannot wait for the event to start with the traditional parade in the old town at Le Mans. This will be a very unique celebration of motor sport and endurance racing.

Frédéric Lequien, FIA WEC CEO: The entry list for this year’s centenary edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which forms round four of the FIA WEC, is incredible. The history, passion and atmosphere at Le Mans is truly unique and we are excited to celebrate 100 years of this iconic race alongside the ACO. It is always a highlight of the WEC calendar for our teams and drivers to compete at Le Mans and this year will be very special indeed.

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