British Competitors In 24 Hours In Le Mans 2017
On the 17th June 2017, a potential 60 entrants will take on the Le Mans 24 hour challenge. Since the race's conception in 1923, it has held a special place in the hearts of motorsports enthusiasts around the world.
Cars registered to compete include:
- 6 in the most powerful LMP1 class (LMP means Le Mans Prototype used at Le Mans, the FIA World Endurance Championship, WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, European Le Mans Series, and Asian Le Mans Series);
- 25 in the LMP2 class (LMP2 must use a production-based engine, and have a passenger seat);
- 13 in the LMGTE Pro class (Le Mans Gran Touring Endurance formally known as the GT2)
- 16 in the LMGTE Amateur class;
Although there are no British teams or cars competing in the LMP1, Porsche, ByKolles and Toyota cars will have British drivers - Nick Tandy, Oliver Webb, James Rossiter, Mike Conway and Anthony Davidson.
In the LMP2 class, Great Britain is represented by Tockwith Motorsports and their Ligier JS P217-Gibson. The car is being driven by Brits, Nigel Moore and Philip Hanson, along with Indian driver Karun Chandhok. Other British drivers in this class include Ben Hanley (Dragonspeed, USA), Alex Lynn (G-Drive Racing, Russia), Matt Rao (Signatech Alpine, France), Alex Brundle and Oliver Jarvis (both Jackie Chan DC Racing, China), James Winslow and Richard Bradley (both Graff, France).
LMGTE Pro Class
In the LMGTE Pro class, there are 2 British teams competing, each entering 2 cars. The Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team will have 2 Ford GTs on the circuit, with Brits Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell teaming up with Pipo Derani (Brazil) to form on of the two driving teams.
The second British Team is Aston Martin Racing. The two driving teams will have the ultimate pleasure of driving an Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE. One car will be driven by Brits Darren Turner and Jonny Adam, alongside Brazilian Daniel Serra.
LMGTE Amateur Class
In the LMGTE Amateur race, there are five British teams:
- JMW Motorsport, with Brits Robert Smith and Will Stevens driving a Ferrari 488 GTE alonside Dries Vanthoor from Belgium;
- Gulf Racing, with a Porsche 911 RSR driven by Brits Mike Wainwright and Ben Baker, and joined by Aussie Nick Foster;
- TF Sport add another Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE to the grid. Salih Yoluc from Morroco is joined by Brits Euan Hankey and Rob Bell;
- Aston Martin Racing have another V8 Vantage GTE on the grid in the Amateur class;
- The third Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE in the Amateur class is entered by the Beechdean AMR team with an all British crew of Andrew Howard, Ross Gunn and Oliver Bryant;
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Posted by Paul Fears on
30 May 2017 at 12:00 AM
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