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Dunlop Le Mans

ELMS Entry List Announced

A 29 car entry is a fine start for the relaunched European Le Mans Series and some might say nothing more than a miracle after the epic failure of the Series last year.
 
The headlining LMP2 class features 11 cars with some familiar names from last season, including the defending Champions Thiriet by TDS Racing in their Oreca Nissan, with similar machines entered by fellow returnees Boutsen Ginion, Murphy Prototypes (who confirm Brendan Hartley in their car) and Sebastien Loeb racing (who name Franck Montagny and Nicholas Marroc in their Michelin-tyred Oreca).
 
There are a pair of Nissan-engined Zyteks too, for Greaves Motorsport and Jota Sport, and Race Performance are back after missing the season after Le Mans last year with their Judd-engined Oreca.

They are joined by a single WEC refugee, a single car entry from Signatech whose campaign is split between the World championship and European Series this year.
 
There are three additions to the LMP2 ‘family’, with a pair of Judd-engined cars, a Lola for DKR Engineering (with Olivier Porta named as a driver) and a Morgan chassis with ex-FIA GT1 driver Natacha Gachnang the first nomination.

Finally, there’s the ex-RML AD group HPD now entered by OREX Competition, with Dean Stirling a named driver.
 
LMPC currently features a trio of Oreca FLM 09s awaiting arrive-and-drive customers. We’ll have an update on that programme in the coming days.
 
LMGTE (which in the ELMS operates to GTE Am rules) has a very respectable ten cars listed, with no fewer than six Ferrari 458 GTs - two for RAM racing and a further pair for AF Corse, with single cars for JMW Motorsport and Kessel racing (the latter pair with Dunlop tyres).
 
There is a trio of Porsches too with Autorlando, ProSpeed and IMSA Performance fielding a car apiece, while Larbre field a solo Corvette alongside their similar WEC programme.
 
GTE then is back to what should be a healthy level of competition for 2013
 
The new for 2013 GTC class (for GT3 machinery) numbers five cars:
 
Peter Kox fields a Lamborghini in a new eponymous team, with Autorlando fielding a GTC Porsche alongside their GTE entry.
 
AF Corse enter a further pair of GTC 458s alongside their GTEs too and there is a solo Audi R8 LMS for MOMO Megatron DF1, aka the oft promised (and never yet raced) Downforce One team; this the team that has variously been involved with Olivia Newton John’s nephew and Pamela Anderson in previous years.  I’d (for now at least), call that 28!
 
GG

2013 European Le Mans Series - Entry List
 No.ClassTTeamDriverCar
11LMP2DThiriet by TDS RacingPierre Thiriet
TBA
TBA
Oreca 03 Nissan
23LMP2DGreaves MotorsportTBA
TBA
TBA
Zytek Z11SN Nissan
34LMP2DBoutsen Ginion RacingTBA
TBA
TBA
Oreca 03 Nissan
418LMP2
DMurphy PrototypesBrendan Hartley
TBA
TBA
Oreca 03 Nissan
527LMP2MSebastien Loeb RacingFranck Montagny
Nicolas Marroc
TBA
Oreca 03 Nissan
634LMP2DRace PerformanceMichel Frey
Patric Niederhauser
TBA
Oreca 03 Judd
736LMP2MSignatechPierre Ragues
TBA
TBA
Oreca 03 Nissan
834LMP2DJota SportSimon Dolan
Oliver Turvey
Zytek Z11SN Nissan
939LMP2DDKR EngineeringOlivier Porta
TBA
TBA
Lola B11/40 Judd
1043LMP2DMorand RacingNatacha Gachnang
TBA
Morgan Judd
1144LMP2
DOREX CompetitionDean Stirling
TBA
TBA
HPD ARX-03b Honda
1247LMPC Team Endurance ChallengeTBA
TBA
TBA
Formula Le Mans Oreca 09
1348LMPC
 Team Endurance ChallengeTBA
TBA
TBA
Formula Le Mans Oreca 09
1449LMPC Team Endurance ChallengeTBA
TBA
TBA
Formula Le Mans Oreca 09
1552LMGTE
MRAM RacingJohnny Mowlem
Matt Griffin
Ferrari 458 Italia
1653LMGTEMRAM RacingGunnar Jeanette
TBA
Ferrari 458 Italia
1754LMGTE
MAF CorseYannick Mallegol
Jean-Marc Bachelier
Howard Blank
Ferrari 458 Italia
1855LMGTEMAF CorseTBA
TBA
TBA
Ferrari 458 Italia
1956LMGTE
DJMW MotorsportTBA
TBA
TBA
Ferrari 458 Italia
2057LMGTEMIMSA Performance MatmutPatrice Milesi
TBA
TBA
Porsche 997 GT3 RSR
2170LMGTEMLarbre CompetitionTBA
TBA
TBA
Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1
2275LMGTE
MProSopeed CompetitionTBA
TBA
TBA
Porsche 997 GT3 RSR
2384LMGTE Autorlando SportTBA
TBA
TBA
Porsche 997 GT3 RSR
2488LMGTE DKessel RacingMichael Broniszewski
Philipp Peter
Ferrari 458 Italia
2560GTC Kox RacingPeter Kox
Nico Pronk
Lamborghini Gallardo LP600 GT3
2662GTC
 AF CorseMads Rasmussen
Cedric Sbirazzuoli
Ferrari 458 Italia GT3
2763GTC AF CorseTBA
TBA
TBA
Ferrari 458 Italia GT3
2864GTC Autorlando SportTBA
TBA
TBA
Porsche 911 GT3 R
2965GTC
 MOMO Megatron DF1TBA
TBA
TBA
Audi R8 LMS