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Third Toyota added for Le Mans and Spa

08.02.2017

In a reversal compared to previous years, Toyota Gazoo Racing will field a three car team in this year's Le Mans 24 hours and Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps as part of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship.

With the shock departure of rivals Audi from the series leaving Porsche as the sole factory supported marque in the LMP1 class, the Japanese brand has entered a third TS050 Hybrid for former World Touring Car champion Jose Maria Lopez, GP2 and Indycar star Mike Conway, and former Sauber Formula 1 pilot Kamui Kobayashi.

The two remaining TS050's will once again be driven by Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Anthony Davidson, with former WRC and F1 driver Stéphane Sarrazin so far the only confirmed entry for the team's third car.

Brought back to life in 2011 as a replacement for the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, the nine-round 2017 season will commence on April 16th at Silverstone followed by Spa (6 May), Le Mans (17-18 June), the Nurburgring (16 July), Autodromo Hermanos Rodriquez in Mexico (3 September), Circuit of the Americas (16 September), Fuji (15 October), Shanghai (5 November) and Bahrain (18 November).

 

Le Mans 24 hours

Meanwhile, Le Mans organisers, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO), have released the preliminary entry list for the 85th running of the French classic, with a number of drivers still to be announced.

 

LMP 1

No 

Team

Car

Drivers

1

  Porsche Team

Porsche 919 Hybrid

Neel Jani
Andre Lotterer
Nick Tandy

2

 Porsche Team

Porsche 919 Hybrid

Brendon Hartley
Timo Bernhard
Earl Bamber

4

 ByKolles Racing Team

ENSO CLM P1/01-Nismo

Robert Kubica
Oliver Webb
TBA

7

 Toyota Gazoo Racing

Toyota TS050 Hybrid

Mike Conway
Kamui Kobayashi
Jose Maria Lopez

8

 Toyota Gazoo Racing

Toyota TS050 Hybrid

 Anthony Davidsson
 Sebastien Buemi
 Kazuki Nakajima

9

 Toyota Gazoo Racing

Toyota TS050 Hybrid

Stephane Sarrazin
TBA
TBA

LMP2

13

  Vaillante Rebellion

Oreca 07-Gibson

Nelson Piquet
Mathias Beche
David Heinemeier Hansson

17

 IDEC Sport Racing

Ligier JS P217-Gibson

Patrice Lafargue
Paul Lafargue
TBA

21

 Dragonspeed

Oreca 07-Gibson

Henrik Hedman
Ben Hanley
TBA

22

 G-Drive Racing

Oreca 07-Gibson

Memo Rojas
TBA
TBA

23

 Panis Barthez Competition

Ligier JS P17-Gibson

Fabien Barthez
Timothe Buret
TBA

24

 CEFC Manor TRS Racing

Oreca 07-Gibson

Tor Graves
TBA
TBA

25

 CEFC Manor TRS Racing

Oreca 07-Gibson

Roberto Gonzalez
TBA
TBA 

26

 G-Drive Racing

Oreca 07-Gibson

Roman Rusinov
Pierre Thiriet
TBA

27

 SMP Racing

Dallara P217-Gibson

Mikhail Aleshin
TBA
TBA

28

TDS Racing

Oreca 07-Gibson

Emmanuel Collard
Francois Perrodo
Matthieu Vaxiviere

29

 Racing Team Nederland

Dallara P217-Gibson

Rubens Barrichello
Jan Lammers
Frits van Eerd

31

  Vaillante Rebellion

Oreca 07-Gibson

Nicolas Prost
Bruno Senna
Julien Canal

32

 United Autosports

Ligier JS P217-Gibson

Will Owen
Hugo de Sadeleer
TBA

33

 Eurasia Motorsport

Ligier JS P217-Gibson

Chris Hoy
TBA
TBA

34

 Tockwith Motorsports

Ligier JS P217-Gibson

Nigel Moore
Philip Hanson
TBA

 

35

 Signatech Alpine

Alpine A470-Gibson

Stephane Richelmi
TBA
TBA

36

 Signatech Alpine

Alpine A470-Gibson

Nicolas Lapierre
TBA
TBA

37

 Jackie Chan DC Racing

Oreca 07-Gibson

David Cheng
TBA
TBA

38

 Jackie Chan DC Racing

Oreca 07-Gibson

Ho-Pin Tung
TBA
TBA

39

 Graff

Oreca 07-Gibson

James Allen
TBA
TBA

40

 Graff

Oreca 07-Gibson

Enzo Guibbert
TBA
TBA

43

 Keating Motorsports

Riley Mk.30-Gibson

Ben Keating
TBA
TBA

45

 Algarve Pro Racing

Ligier JS P217-Gibson

Mark Patterson
TBA
TBA

47

 Cetilar Villorba Corse

Dallara P217-Gibson

Roberto Lacorte
Giorgio Sernagiotto
Andrea Belicchi

49

 ARC Bratislava

Oreca 07-Gibson

Miroslav Konopka
Konstantin Calkos
TBA

LMGTE-Pro

51

 AF Corse

Ferrari 488 GTE

James Calado
TBA
TBA

63

 Corvette Racing

Chevrolet Corvette C7-R

Jan Magnussen
TBA
TBA

64

 Corvette Racing

Chevrolet Corvette C7-R

Oliver Gavin
TBA
TBA

66

 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing

Ford GT

Stefan Mucke
Olivier Pla
Billy Johnson

67

 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing

Ford GT

Andy Priaulx
Harry Tincknell
Pipo Derani

68

 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing

Ford GT

Joey Hand
Dirk Muller
Sebastien Bouardais

69

 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing

Ford GT

Ryan Briscoe
Richard Westbrook
Scott Dixon

71

 AF Corse

Ferrari 488 GTE

Sam Bird
Davide Rigom
TBA

82

 Risi Competizione

Ferrari 488 GTE

Toni Vilander
TBA
TBA

91

 Porsche GT Team

Porsche 911 RSR

Richard Lietz
TBA
TBA

92

 Porsche GT Team

Porsche 911 RSR

Michael Christensen
TBA
TBA

95

 Aston Martin Racing

Aston Martin Vantage GTE

Nicki Thiim
Marco Sorensen
TBA

97

 Aston Martin Racing

Aston Martin Vantage GTE

Darren Turner
Jonny Adam
TBA

LMGT-Am

50

 Larbre Compétition

Chevrolet Corvette C7-R

Ricky Taylor
TBA
TBA

54

  Spirit of Race

Ferrari 488 GTE

Thomas Flohr
Francesco Castellacci
TBA

55

  Spirit of Race

Ferrari 488 GTE

Duncan Cameron
TBA
TBA

60

 Clearwater Racing

Ferrari 488 GTE

Matt Griffin
Keita Sawa
TBA

61

 Clearwater Racing

Ferrari 488 GTE

Weng Sun Mok
TBA
TBA

62

 Scuderia Corse

Ferrari 488 GTE

Cooper MacNeil
Bill Sweedler
Townsend Bell

65

 Scuderia Corse

Ferrari 488 GTE

Christina Nielsen
Alessandro Balzan
Bret Curtis

77

 Dempsey-Proton Racing

Porsche 911 RSR

Christian Ried
TBA
TBA

83

 DH Racing

Ferrari 488 GTE

Riccardo Ragazzi
TBA
TBA

84

 JMW Motorsport

Ferrari 488 GTE

Robert Smith
TBA
TBA

86

 Gulf Racing

Porsche 911 RSR

Mike Wainwright
TBA
TBA

88

 Proton Competition

Porsche 911 RSR

Wolf Henzler
TBA
TBA

90

 TF Sport

Aston Martin Vantage GTE

Salih Yoluc
Euan Hankey
Rob Bell

93

 Proton Competition

Porsche 911 RSR

Patrick Long
TBA
TBA

98

 Aston Martin Racing

Aston Martin Vantage GTE

Paul Dalla Lana
Mathias Lauda
Pedro Lamy

99

 Aston Martin Racing

Aston Martin Vantage GTE

Andrew Howard
TBA
TBA

 

 

 

Article written by Autodealer
08.02.2017
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