Today was entry list reveal day for the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship, 24 Hours of Le Mans and European Le Mans Series, and to most in the sports car racing world that’s akin to Christmas morning in February.
Announced in Paris, the WEC entry list sees a full field of 35 entries accepted. A few quick notes to follow:
- LMP1 leads the way with 11 cars, two apiece from Audi, Toyota, Porsche and Nissan with the three privateer entries, two Rebellion and one ByKolles completing the grid.
- LMP2 has 10 cars, up from four full-season entries in 2014.
- GTE-Pro has seven cars entered: two AF Corse Ferraris, two Porsches and three Aston Martins.
- GTE-Am has a further seven entered, with the same manufacturer breakdown as in GTE-Pro except with a Larbre Competition Corvette C7.R replacing a third Aston.
Meanwhile shifting to Le Mans, the 35 full-season entries from the WEC are taken up, which leaves 21 at-large spots for the field of 56. Notable among the four classes here:
- LMP1 adds three extra third cars, one apiece from Audi, Porsche and Nissan.
- LMP2 has a bumper crop of 20 cars, up from 10 in the WEC. Notable additions here include 2014 WEC champions SMP Racing, who are competing with new BR01s in the ELMS this year, and Jota Sport, the 2014 Le Mans race winners.
- GTE-Pro sees Corvette Racing take up its usual grid spot with two cars. Ryan Briscoe and Jordan Taylor have been confirmed as third drivers of the renumbered Nos. 63 and 64 Corvette C7.Rs.
- GTE-Am almost doubles for the race, with 13 cars listed compared to the seven in WEC.
In ELMS, 34 cars are spread across four classes (LMP2, LMP3, GTE and GTC).