Le Mans reveals expanded 62-car entry list for 2019 WEC finale

The Le Mans 24 Hours grid will be increased to 62 cars for this year's race with the addition of an extra pair of pitboxes.

Le Mans reveals expanded 62-car entry list for 2019 WEC finale

The High Class Racing and United Autosport LMP2 entries in first and second places on the reserve list will now take part in the race.

Le Mans organiser the Automobile Club de l'Ouest decided to build two temporary garages at the start of the pitlane in time for this year's World Endurance Championship finale on June 15/16.

ACO president Pierre Fillon said: "In February, the selection committee faced a harder task than it has in many years.

"There were 75 applications - all of a high standard - and it was particularly difficult to choose 60, only 60 of them should I say.

"We quickly came to the conclusion that we had to find a way of accepting additional competitors, and our crews confirmed the feasibility of adding two garages to pit lane.

He added that the ACO was "overjoyed" to be able to accept the biggest ever field in the history of the race.

The ACO is also looking at a more permanent solution to expanding the grid.

This is understood to involve the redevelopment of the far end of the pitlane, where semi-permanent boxes have gradually increased the capacity of the grid for Le Mans since the present 48-car pit complex was built for the 1991 race.

The Danish High Class squad, a regular in the European Le Mans Series, has entered a ORECA 07-Gibson for what will be its Le Mans debut under its own name.

Fellow ELMS regulars United Autosports gained its first Le Mans entry for its victory in last winter's Asian Le Mans Series and hit out at the ACO after failing to land a firm second entry.

The line-up in its second Ligier-Gibson JSP217 includes prototype regular Alex Brundle.

2019 Le Mans 24 Hours entries

No. Class Team Car Drivers
1 LMP1 Rebellion Racing Rebellion R13-Gibson Neel Jani, Andre Lotterer, Bruno Senna
3 LMP1 Rebellion Racing Rebellion R13-Gibson Thomas Laurent, Nathanael Berthon, Gustavo Menezes
4 LMP1 ByKolles Racing Team ENSO CLM P1/01-Nissan Tom Dillmann
7 LMP1 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 HYBRID Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, Jose Maria Lopez
8 LMP1 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 HYBRID Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, Fernando Alonso
10 LMP1 DragonSpeed BR Engineering BR1-Gibson Henrik Hedman, Ben Hanley, Renger van der Zande
11 LMP1 SMP Racing BR Engineering BR1-AER Vitaly Petrov, Mikhail Aleshin, Jenson Button
17 LMP1 SMP Racing BR Engineering BR1-AER Stephane Sarrazin, Egor Orudzhev, Sergey Sirotkin
20 LMP2 High Class Racing ORECA 07-Gibson Andres Fjordbach, Dennis Anderson
20 LMP2 United Autosports Ligier JSP217-Gibson Phil Hanson, Filipe Albuquerque
26 LMP2 G-Drive Racing ORECA 07-Gibson Romain Rusinov
28 LMP2 TDS Racing ORECA 07-Gibson Francois Perrodo, Matthieu Vaxiviere, Loic Duval
29 LMP2 Racing Team Nederland Dallara P217 07-Gibson Frits van Eerd, Giedo van der Garde, Nyck de Vries
31 LMP2 DragonSpeed ORECA 07-Gibson Roberto Gonzalez, Pastor Maldonado, Anthony Davidson
26 LMP2 Signatech Alpine Alpine A470-Gibson Nico Lapierre, Andre Negrao, Pierre Thiriet
37 LMP2 Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA 07-Gibson David Heinemeier Hansson
38 LMP2 Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA 07-Gibson Ho-Pin Tung, Stephane Richelmi, Gabriel Aubry
43 LMP2 RLR M Sport ORECA 07-Gibson John Farano
50 LM2 Larbre Competition Ligier JSP217-Gibson Erwin Creed, Romano Ricci
51 GTE Pro AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE Evo Alessandro Pier Guidi, James Calado, Daniel Serra
66 GTE Pro Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford GT Stefan Mucke, Olivier Pla
67 GTE Pro Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford GT Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell
71 GTE Pro AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE Evo Davide Rigon, Sam Bird, Miguel Molina
81 GTE Pro BMW Team MTEK BMW M8 GTE Nicky Catsburg
82 GTE Pro BMW Team MTEK BMW M8 GTE Augusto Frafus
91 GTE Pro Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR Richard Lietz, Gianmaria Bruni, Fred Makowiecki
92 GTE Pro Porsch GT Team Porsche 911 RSR Michael Christensen, Kevin Estre, Laurens Vanthoor
95 GTE Pro Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR Nicki Thiim, Marco Sorensen
97 GTE Pro Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR Maximie Martin, Alex Lynn
54 GTE Am Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GTE Thomas Flohr, Francesco Castellacci, Giancarlo Fisichella
56 GTE Am Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR Jorg Bergmeister, Patrick Lindsey, Egidio Perfetti
61 GTE Am Clearwater Racing Ferarri 488 GTE Luis Perez Companc, Matt Griffin, Matteo Cressoni
62 GTE Am Weathertech Racing Ferrari 488 GTE Cooper Macneil
70 GTE Am MR Racing Ferrari 488 GTE Motoaki Ishikawa, Olivier Beretta, Eddie Cheever
77 GTE Am Dempset-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR Matt Campbell
88 GTE Am Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR Satoshi Hoshino, Gianluca Roda, Matteo Cairoli
99 GTE Am Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR Patrick Long
78 GTE Am Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR Chen
84 GTE Am JMW Motorsport Ferrari 488 GTE Jonny Cocker
85 GTE Am Keating Motorsports Ford GT Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen, Felipe Fraga
86 GTE Am Gulf Racing Porsche 911 RSR Michael Wainwright, Ben Barker
90 GTE Am TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage Salih Yoluc, Eaun Alers-Hankey, Charlie Eastwood
98 GTE Am Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy, Mathias Lauda
60 GTE Am Kessel Racing Ferrari 488 GTE Claudio Schiavoni
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