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Entry List: 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans

This weekend, the FIA World Endurance Championship has their marquee event, the 24 Hours of Le Mans.  The 8.469-mile Circuit de la Sarthe will be alive with activity all week.  The activity will be focused on the 60 teams that are entered.

The headlining LMP1 class is a bit smaller in 2017.  Audi pulling out of the WEC in the wake of the ongoing Dieselgate scandal means that there are only two factory programs (Porsche and Toyota) left out there.  Toyota has a part-time third car entered that Jose Maria Lopez, who started the season in the full-time No. 7, has been exiled to.  Stéphane Sarrazin, who drove the No. 9 Toyota at Spa last month, replaces Lopez in the No. 7.  Regardless, based on pace from the Test Day, Toyota seems to be the favorite as of now to bring Japan their first overall victory at Le Mans since 1991.

The ByKolles Racing Team No. 4 is the only non-hybrid team entered in the class.  In practice, they are likely to fight it out among the LMP2 teams.

In LMP2, there are 25 teams entered.  Testing has shown that the ORECA 07-Gibsons have a visible advantage over the other three cars in the class.  ORECA 07s (or ORECA 07-based entries) were the top 13 cars during the Test Day.

Riley Motorsports, dubbed Keating Motorsports for Le Mans due to rules that prohibit manufacturers in LMP2, will field the sole Riley Mk. 30-Gibson in the field for IMSA GT Daytona point leaders Jeroen Bleekemolen and Ben Keating, along with Ricky Taylor.  The team was 10 seconds off of the fastest drivers during the Test Day, but more time on the track will help.

GTE-Pro once again has a heavy IMSA presence.  Five of the nine full-time GT Le Mans teams (both Corvette Racing C7.Rs, both Ford GTs and Risi Competizione’s Ferrari 488 GTE) are in the field and should play a role.  Sébastien Bourdais was supposed to be in the No. 68 Ford, but his injuries at Indianapolis have ruled him out.  Tony Kanaan will take his place.

Since the race weekend began, there has been one major driver change.  Former Audi factory racer Lucas di Grassi was scheduled to make his GTE debut in AF Corse’s No. 51 Ferrari 488 GTE alongside regular drivers James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi.  However, di Grassi suffered a broken fibula during last weekend’s Berlin e-Prix that has ruled him out of the race.

Veteran Ferrari racer Michele Rugolo has been tapped to take di Grassi’s place in the No. 51.

GTE-Am also has quite a bit of American influence.  California-based Scuderia Corsa won the class last year with Townsend Bell, Jeff Segal and Bill Sweedler.  This year, Bell and Sweedler are back with Cooper MacNeil bringing his WeatherTech sponsorship to the team.  The team earned a second entry by virtue of winning the GT Daytona championship as well.  Championship drivers Alessandro Balzan and Christina Nielsen are joined by Bret Curtis.

Porsche factory racer Patrick Long is back at Le Mans in a third Proton entry, the No. 93 Porsche, along with Pirelli World Challenge regular Mike Hedlund.  Tracy Krohn is also back in a Ferrari, racing the No. 83 DH Racing 488 GTE along with longtime co-driver Nic Jonsson.

Entry List: 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans

ClassTeamDrivers Car
LMP11 - Porsche LMP TeamNeel Jani
André Lotterer
Nick Tandy
Porsche 919 Hybrid
LMP12 - Porsche LMP TeamEarl Bamber
Timo Bernhard
Brendon Hartley
Porsche 919 Hybrid
LMP1 (non-hybrid)4 - ByKolles Racing TeamMarco Bononomi
Dominik Kraihamer
Oliver Webb
LMP17 - Toyota GAZOO RacingMike Conway
Kamui Kobayashi
Stéphane Sarrazin
Toyota TS050-Hybrid
LMP18 - Toyota GAZOO RacingSébastien Buemi
Antony Davidson
Kazuki Nakajima
Toyota TS050-Hybrid
LMP19 - Toyota GAZOO RacingYuni Kunimoto
Nicolas Lapierre
Jose Maria Lopez
Toyota TS050-Hybrid
LMP213 - Valliante RebellionMathias Beche
David Heinemeier Hansson
Nelson Piquet Jr.
ORECA 07-Gibson
LMP217 - IDEC Sport RacingPatrice Lafargue
Paul Lafargue
David Zollinger
Ligier JS P217-Gibson
LMP221 - DragonSpeed 10 StarBen Hanley
Henrik Hedman
Felix Rosenqvist
ORECA 07-Gibson
LMP222 - G-Drive Racing (DragonSpeed)José Gutierrez
Ryo Hirakawa
Memo Rojas
ORECA 07-Gibson
LMP223 - Panis Barthez RacingFabien Barthez
Nathaniël Berthon
Timothé Buret
Ligier JS P217-Gibson
LMP224 - CEFC Manor TRS RacingTor Graves
Jonathan Hirschi
Jean-Eric Vergne
ORECA 07-Gibson
LMP225 - CEFC Manor TRS RacingRoberto Gonzalez
Vitaly Petrov
Simon Trummer
ORECA 07-Gibson
LMP226 - G-Drive RacingAlex Lynn
Roman Rusinov
Pierre Thiriet
ORECA 07-Gibson
LMP227 - SMP RacingMikhail Aleshin
Victor Shaytar
Sergey Sirotkin
Dallara P217-Gibson
LMP228 - TDS RacingEmmanuel Collard
François Perrodo
Matthieu Vaxiviere
ORECA 07-Gibson
LMP229 - Racing Team NederlandRubens Barrichello
Jan Lammers
Frits van Eerd
Dallara P217-Gibson
LMP231 - Vaillante RebellionJulien Canal
Nicolas Prost
Bruno Senna
ORECA 07-Gibson
LMP232 - United AutosportsFilipe Albuquerque
Hugo de Sadeleer
William Owen
Ligier JS P217-Gibson
LMP233 - Eurasia MotorsportErik Maris
Jacques Nicolet
Pierre Nicolet
Ligier JS P217-Gibson
LMP234 - Tockwith MotorsportsKarun Chandhok
Phil Hanson
Nigel Moore
Ligier JS P217-Gibson
LMP235 - Signatech Alpine MatmutAndré Negrao
Nelson Panciatici
Pierre Ragues
Alpine A470-Gibson
LMP236 - Signatech Alpine MatmutRomain Dumas
Gustavo Menezes
Matthew Rao
Alpine A470-Gibson
LMP237 - Jackie Chan DC RacingAlex Brundle
David Cheng
Tristan Gommendy
ORECA 07-Gibson
LMP238 - Jackie Chan DC RacingOliver Jarvis
Thomas Laurent
Ho-Pin Tung
ORECA 07-Gibson
LMP239 - GRAFFEnzo Guibbert
Eric Trouillet
James Winslow
ORECA 07-Gibson
LMP240 - GRAFFJames Allen
Richard Bradley
Franck Matelli
ORECA 07-Gibson
LMP243 - Keating MotorsportsJeroen Bleekmolen
Ben Keating
Ricky Taylor
Riley Mk. 30-Gibson
LMP245 - Algarve Pro RacingVincent Capillare
Matt McMurry
Mark Patterson
Ligier JS P217-Gibson
LMP247 - Cetilar Villorba CorseAndrea Belicchi
Roberto Lacorte
Giorgio Sernagiotto
Dallara P217-Gibson
LMP249 - ARC BratislavaRik Bruekers
Konstantins Calko
Miroslav Konopka
Ligier JS P217-Gibson
GTE-Am50 - Larbre CompetitionRomain Brandela
Christian Philippon
Fernando Rees
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
GTE-Pro51 - AF CorseJames Calado
Lucas Di Grassi
Alessandro Pier Guidi
Ferrari 488 GT3
GTE-Am54 - Spirit of RaceOlivier Beretta
Francesco Castellacci
Thomas Flohr
Ferrari 488 GTE
GTE-Am55 - Spirit of RaceDuncan Cameron
Marco Cioci
Aaron Scott
Ferrari 488 GTE
GTE-Am60 - Clearwater RacingHiroki Katoh
Àlvaro Parente
Richard Wee
Ferrari 488 GTE
GTE-Am61 - Clearwater RacingMatt Griffin
Weng-Sun Mok
Keita Sawa
Ferrari 488 GTE
GTE-Am62 - Scuderia CorsaTownsend Bell
Cooper MacNeil
Bill Sweedler
Ferrari 488 GTE
GTE-Pro63 - Corvette RacingAntonio Garcia
Jan Magnussen
Jordan Taylor
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
GTE-Pro64 - Corvette RacingMarcel Fässler
Oliver Gavin
Tommy Milner
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
GTE-Am65 - Scuderia CorsaAlessandro Balzan
Bret Curtis
Christina Nielsen
Ferrari 488 GTE
GTE-Pro66 - Ford Chip Ganassi Racing UKBilly Johnson
Stefan Mücke
Olivier Pla
Ford GT
GTE-Pro67 - Ford Chip Ganassi RacingPipo Derani
Andy Priaulx
Harry Tincknell
Ford GT
GTE-Pro68 - Ford Chip Ganassi Racing USAJoey Hand
Tony Kanaan
Dirk Müller
Ford GT
GTE-Pro69 - Ford Chip Ganassi Racing USARyan Briscoe
Scott Dixon
Richard Westbrook
Ford GT
GTE-Pro71 - AF CorseSam Bird
Miguel Molina
Davide Rigon
Ferrari 488 GTE
GTE-Am77 - Dempsey-Proton RacingMatteo Cairoli
Marvin Dienst
Christian Ried
Porsche 911 RSR (2015)
GTE-Pro82 - Risi CompetizioneGiancarlo Fisichella
Pierre Kaffer
Toni Vilander
Ferrari 488 GTE
GTE-Am83 - DH RacingAndrea Bertolini
Nic Jönsson
Tracy Krohn
Ferrari 488 GTE
GTE-Am84 - JMW MotorsportRobert Smith
Will Stevens
Dries Vanthoor
Ferrari 488 GTE
GTE-Am86 - Gulf RacingBen Barker
Nick Foster
Michael Wainwright
Porsche 911 RSR (2015)
GTE-Am88 - Proton CompetitionKhaled Al-Qubaisi
Klaus Bachler
Stéphane Lemeret
Porsche 911 RSR (2015)
GTE-Am90 - TF SportRob Bell
Euan Hankey
Salih Yoluc
Aston Martin Vantage
GTE-Pro91 - Porsche GT TeamRichard Lietz
Frédéric Makowiecki
Patrick Pilet
Porsche 911 RSR
GTE-Pro92 - Porsche GT TeamMichael Christensen
Kevin Estre
Dirk Werner
Porsche 911 RSR
GTE-Am93 - Proton CompetitionAbdulaziz Turki Al-Faisal
Mike Hedlund
Patrick Long
Porsche 911 RSR (2015)
GTE-Pro95 - Aston Martin RacingMarco Sørensen
Richie Stanaway
Nicki Thiim
Aston Martin Vantage
GTE-Pro97 - Aston Martin RacingJonny Adam
Daniel Serra
Darren Turner
Aston Martin Vantage
GTE-Am98 - Aston Martin RacingPaul Dalla Lana
Pedro Lamy
Mathias Lauda
Aston Martin Vantage
GTE-Am99 - Beechdean AMROliver Bryant
Ross Gunn
Andrew Howard
Aston Martin Vantage

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Phil Allaway has three primary roles at Frontstretch. He's the manager of the site's FREE e-mail newsletter that publishes Monday-Friday and occasionally on weekends. He keeps TV broadcasters honest with weekly editions of Couch Potato Tuesday and serves as the site's Sports Car racing editor.

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