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Le Mans, March 25, 2005


The final choice of the field for the 73rd Le Mans 24 Hours has been made. The overall quality of the teams selected for the race on 18th – 19th June will ensure a fierce battle for outright victory; and the struggle for first place in each category will be no less intense.

This total of 50 cars represents 38 different entrants: 10 in LMP 1, 12 in LMP 2, 7 in LM GT1 and 9 in LM GT2. They will all take to the track during the Test Day on 5th June.

The 73rd Le Mans 24 Hours looks like being a very open race to which extra spice will be added by the presence of some newcomers. In addition to the Champion Audis, one-two in the 2005 Sebring 12 Hours, and the French ‘Blue’ Audi running under the Team Oreca colours, the new Dome- Mugen entered by the Jim Gainer International team will be making its Sarthe debut. It will not be the only Japanese representative as one of the two Rollcentre Racing Dallaras is powered by a Nissan engine. Zytek, DBA, Nasamax and Jan Lammers’ team’s Dome are also entered in LMP 1 in addition to the two Pescarolos and the two Courages with Judd power.

Yves Courage is making a welcome return to the LMP 1 Category and his name is well represented in LMP 2 with no fewer than seven C65 prototypes (a total of 9 cars in all for the local constructor). It will be interesting to compare the performances of the different engines and tyres, which vary from one Courage to another. In addition to the C65, winner of its class in the Le Mans Endurance Series in 2004 and more recently in the Sebring 12 Hours, the presence of the new Lolas and the Luchini as well as evolutions from WR and Pilbeam has led to an increase in both quality and quantity in the LMP 2 Category.

In LM GT1 the major attraction of the 2005 Le Mans 24 Hours is the return of Aston Martin (outright winner in 1959 and absent since 1989). The British manufacturer’s season got off to an excellent start with a category victory in the Sebring 12 Hours on Corvette’s home territory. The American make is the current Le Mans GT1 titleholder and will be out for revenge in the Sarthe with its new C6-R (6th generation). In addition to the above- mentioned makes other prestigious entries include no fewer than 5 Ferraris, four 550 Maranellos and one 575 GTC, entered by teams that are accustomed to the topmost step of the rostrum. A Saleen S7R, another American GT, completes the LM GT1 field.

Finally, the LM GT2 Category is more varied than in the past with a couple of Ferrari 360 Modenas, a TVR, and the comeback of the Dutch GT, the Spyker C8 in spyder form, plus the arrival of the new Panoz Esperante. They will be up against a formidable armada of Porsches, which is currently the make to beat in this category.

In addition to the 50 entries, the Selection Committee has also drawn up a reserve list of 8 cars. It will remain valid for withdrawals announced up to 27th May 2005 which will then be replaced by the reserves in their numerical order whatever the category.

2005 will be the first year of the new calendar with the Test Day two weeks before the race itself.


Le Mans 2005 Entry List

LM P1

2 Audi

Champion

3 Audi

Champion

4 Audi

ORECA

5 Dome-Mugen

Jim Garner

7 DBA-Judd

Creation Autosportif

8 Dallara-Nissan

Rollcentre

9 Zytek

Jota/Zytek

10 Dome-Judd

Racing for Holland

12 Courage-Judd

Courage

13 Courage-Judd

Courage

14 Nasamax-Judd

Nasamax

16 Pescarolo-Judd

Pescarolo

17 Pescarolo-Judd

Pescarolo

18 Dallara-Judd R

ollcentre


LM P2

20 Pilbeam-JPX

Bruneau

23 WR

Welter

24 WR-Peugeot

Welter

25 Lola-MG

Mallock

30 Courage-Judd

Kruse

31 Courage-CG

del Bello

32 Lola-AER

Intersport

33 Courage-Judd

Intersport

34 Courage-AER

Miracle

35 Courage-Judd

G-Force

36 Courage-Ford

Belmondo

37 Courage-Ford

Belmondo

39 Lola-AER

Chamberlain

45 Lucchini-Judd

Lucchini


LM GT1

50 Ferrari 550 Maranello

Labre

51 Ferrari 550 Maranello

Scuderia Italia

52 Ferrari 550 Maranello

Scuderia Italia

55 Saleen S7R

ACEMCO

58 Aston Martin DBR9

Aston Martin

59 Aston Martin DBR9

Aston Martin

61 Ferrari 550 Maranello

Cirtek

63 Chevrolet Corvette

C6-R Chevrolet

64 Chevrolet Corvette

C6-R Chevrolet

69 Ferrari 575 GTC

JMB


LM GT2

71 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR

Alex Job

72 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Luc Alphand

77 Panoz

Panoz

78 Panoz

Panoz

90 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR

Flying Lizard

83 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR

Seikel

85 Spyker C8 Spyder

Spyker

89 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR

Sebah

90 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR

White Lightning

92 Ferrari 360 Modena

Cirtek

93 Ferrari 360 Modena

Scuderia Ecosse

95 TVR Tuscan 400R

TVR


Reservefahrzeuge

91 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

T2M Motorsport9 GT2

60 Ferrari 550 Maranello

Labre GT1

11 Dome-Judd

Racing for Holland P1

99 Ferrari 360 Modena

GPC GT2

74 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Narac GT2

65 Saleen S7R Graham

Nash GT1

86 Spyker C8 Spyder

Spyker GT2

75 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Thierry Perrier GT2


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