Photo : FRANCOIS NAVARRO - ACO/NIKON
Once again the Le Mans 24-Hours field will combine quality and quantity. The Automobile Club de l’Ouest Sports Management has received 71 entries, the same number as in 2011, an increase compared to 2012. This is evidence of the continuing high level of interest in a race that will celebrate its 90th anniversary this year.
This remarkable figure sweeps aside the fears that hover over motor sport because of the current economic situation. The Le Mans passion is the strongest yet again, and the raft of entrants who wish to associate their names with the myth reflects this. The most extraordinary fact is that these 71 entries are of top-class quality: all the cars without exception could be on the starting grid of the 2013 Le Mans 24 hours if the sporting regs didn’t limit the number of starters to 56.
It should be underlined that the top category for prototypes, LM P1 and LM P2, and the 56th pit represent 62.5% of the field with 41 cars compared to 30 in LM GTE, which is undergoing a marked renewal.
Just a reminder that the choice of entrants selected for the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours was spread over several major rendez-vous.
The entrants still have a week to wait but one car is already assured of a place: the GreenGT H2! This prototype with an electric engine powered by a fuel cell fed by hydrogen has received the 56th pit invitation, which is destined for a car designed around an innovative technological project. As in 2012 with the revolutionary Nissan DeltaWing, it can take part in practice and the race provided it meets all the safety regulations and performance minima set by the ACO - but outside the overall classification.
The 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours
3rd round of the FIA World Endurance Championship
Dates: 22-23 June 2013
General enclosure tickets: 54 euros (ACO members), 71 Euros (non ACO members).
Free for young people born after 23rd June 1997 accompanied by an adult.
Test day: Sunday 9th June 2013.
Scrutineering: Sunday 16th and Monday 17th June.
Free practice and qualifying: Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th June.
Start of the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours: Saturday 22nd June at 15h00.
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