ACO announces 77-car entry

The promoters of the Le Mans 24 Hour race, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest, has announced a preliminary entry list containing 77 cars - five more than last year. The final list, which will be whittled down to 50 cars and six reserves all invited to take part in preliminary practice on April 25, will be announced after the Sebring 12 Hour race on March 20/21

ACO announces 77-car entry

The list contains 40 prototype entries, 27 LMP 1s and 13 LMP 2s. The GT category has attracted 37 cars, including 14 LM GTS and 23 LM GT entries.

"With another five cars, our choice has been made all the more difficult," said Daniel Poissenot, sporting director for the ACO.

For 2005, the ACO has revised its entry policy so that 45 of the 50 invited entries will be announced at the start of the year, while the ACO's Selection Committee will name the remaining five after Sebring. The prequalified 45 will include eight entries from the 2004 Le Mans 24 Hours, eight from the ALMS, eight from the 2004 Le Mans Endurance Series and 21 announced by the Selection Committee after the opening date for entries.


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