Le Mans: Class breakdown by car

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This year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans features a bevy of different manufacturers and chassis/engine combinations.

There’s 27 prototypes, split between 9 LMP1 and 17 LMP2 plus the experimental Nissan ZEOD-RC, and 28 GTE cars, split 9-19 between GTE-Pro and GT-Am.

Here’s a breakdown by car:

LMP1 (9): 

  • 3 Audi R18 e-tron quattros, LMP1-H (Nos. 1, 2, 3)
  • 2 Toyota TS040 Hybrids, LMP1-H (Nos. 7, 8)
  • 2 Porsche 919 Hybrids, LMP1-H (Nos. 14, 20)
  • 2 Rebellion R-One Toyotas, LMP1-L (Nos. 12, 13)

LMP2 (17):

  • 5 Oreca 03 Nissans (Nos. 24, 27, 37, 47, 48)
  • 3 Zytek Z11 SN Nissans (Nos. 38, 41, 42)
  • 2 Morgan Nissans (Nos. 26, 29)
  • 2 Morgan Judds (Nos. 43, 50)
  • 2 Ligier JS P2 Nissans (Nos. 35, 46)
  • 1 Ligier JS P2 HPD (No. 33)
  • 1 Oreca 03 Judd (No. 34)
  • 1 Alpine A450 Nissan (No. 36)

GTE-Pro (9):

  • 3 Ferrari F458 Italias (Nos. 51, 52, 71)
  • 2 Corvette C7.Rs (Nos. 73, 74)
  • 2 Porsche 911 RSRs (Nos. 91, 92)
  • 2 Aston Martin Vantages (Nos. 97, 99)

GTE-Am (19):

  • 11 Ferrari F458 Italias (Nos. 53, 57, 58, 60, 61, 62, 66, 70, 72, 81, 90)
  • 4 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (Nos. 67, 75, 76, 79)
  • 2 Porsche 911 RSR (Nos. 77, 88)
  • 2 Aston Martin Vantage (Nos. 95, 98)

Garage 56 (1):

  • Nissan ZEOD-RC (No. 0)

Nissan leads the way in terms of engines as it supplies 13 of the 17 cars in LMP2, and has the experimental Nissan ZEOD-RC. Ferrari, with 14, leads the GTE ranks.

Also of note, all cars run on Michelin tires except in LMP2. Only Cars 24, 27, 33, 37 and 50 run on Michelins in LMP2, so there’s 12 Dunlop entries out of 17 cars.

But making up the balance, that’s 43 Michelin-shod cars in the field of 55 compared to 12 Dunlops.

Audi bids farewell to Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich upon retirement

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Audi bid farewell to its iconic head of motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, at its end-of-season ‘Race Night’ event in Germany on Friday upon his retirement.

Ullrich took over the reins as Audi’s head of motorsport in 1993 and stayed in the role for 23 years, overseeing its arrival in the prototype class of sports car racing and domination of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Ullrich stepped down from the position at the end of 2016, handing the reins over to ex-Audi DTM chief Dieter Gass, and attended his final racing event with the German marque at its first works Formula E outing in Hong Kong earlier this month.

Ullrich was honored at the Race Night event on Friday and thanked for his efforts in developing Audi into a force within global motorsport.

“In 566 factory-backed commitments during this period he celebrated 209 victories, 13 of them in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, eleven in the 12-hour race at Sebring and nine in the ‘Petit Le Mans’ at Road Atlanta,” a piece on Ullrich’s tenure for Audi’s website reads.

“31 driver titles in super touring car racing, in the DTM and in the sports prototype category are credited to him. 57 campaigners were Audi factory drivers during Wolfgang Ullrich’s era and he was responsible for 18 new developments of racing cars – an impressive tally.”