Le Mans: 2015 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 33 prototypes, up by six from last year, split between 14 LMP1 and 19 LMP2, while there are only 23 GTE cars, split 9-14 between GTE-Pro and GTE-Am.

Here’s a breakdown by car:

LMP1 (14): 

  • 2 Toyota TS040 Hybrids, (Nos. 1, 2)
  • 3 Audi R18 e-tron quattros, (Nos. 7, 8, 9)
  • 3 Porsche 919 Hybrids, (Nos. 17, 18, 19)
  • 3 Nissan GT-R LM NISMOs (Nos. 21, 22, 23)
  • 1 ByKolles CLM P1/01 AER (No. 4)
  • 2 Rebellion R-One AERs (Nos. 12, 13)

LMP2 (19):

  • 3 Ligier JS P2 Nissans (Nos. 26, 28, 35)
  • 3 Ligier JS P2 Hondas (No. 30, 31, 34)
  • 2 BR01 Nissans (Nos. 27, 37)
  • 2 Gibson 015S Nissans (Nos. 38, 41)
  • 2 Oreca 03R Nissans (Nos. 45, 48)
  • 2 Oreca 05 Nissans (Nos. 46, 47)
  • 1 Morgan Nissan (No. 29)
  • 1 Alpine A450 Nissan (No. 36)
  • 1 Ligier JS P2 Judd (No. 40)
  • 1 Dome S103 Nissan (No. 42)
  • 1 Morgan EVO SARD (No. 43)

GTE-Pro (9):

  • 3 Aston Martin Vantages (Nos. 95, 97, 99)
  • 2 Ferrari F458 Italias (Nos. 51, 71)
  • 2 Corvette C7.Rs (Nos. 63, 64)
  • 2 Porsche 911 RSRs (Nos. 91, 92)

GTE-Am (14):

  • 6 Ferrari F458 Italias (Nos. 55, 61, 62, 66, 72, 83)
  • 3 Porsche 911 RSRs (Nos. 68, 77, 88)
  • 2 Aston Martin Vantage (Nos. 96, 98)
  • 1 Corvette C7.R (No. 50)
  • 1 SRT Viper GTS-R (No. 53)
  • 1 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (No. 67)

Porsche, with three LMP1 Porsche 919 Hybrids, two factory 911 RSRs in GTE-Pro and three 911 RSRs plus an older 911 GT3 RSR in GTE-Am, has a total of nine cars entered, which is most in the field.

Onroak Automotive, via seven Ligier JS P2 chassis and two of the open-top Morgans, has nine chassis entered to match Porsche’s output.

Ferrari had 11 GTE-Am entries last year and is down to six this year, but coupled with its pair of GTE-Pro entries, has a GTE class-leading eight cars. Porsche has six cars, Aston Martin five, Corvette three and Viper one.

Nissan powers 14 of the 19 cars in LMP2 and coupled with its three factory prototypes in LMP1, powers 17 of the 56 cars entered to lead the way in engine supply.

All cars run on Michelin in LMP1, GTE-Pro and GTE-Am, with the exception of the No. 66 JMW Motorsport Ferrari 458 Italia in GTE-Am, the lone GTE car on Dunlops.

In LMP2, 15 of the 19 cars run on Dunlops, with the exception of the two SMP Racing BR01 Nissans, Pegasus Racing Morgan Nissan and Krohn Racing Ligier JS P2 Judd, which run on Michelins.

All told Michelin has 40 of the 56 entries, with Dunlop supplying the other 16 cars.

Eli Tomac, Ken Roczen’s two-man battle in Motocross provides surprises

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The 2019 Motocross season is one-third in the books and the title battle may have already come down to a two-man contest, while the pair of contenders might just be a little surprising in their own way.

Strictly by the numbers, no one can count Eli Tomac’s early season charge of first- and second-place finishes shocking, but threepeating in Motocross is such an incredibly difficult feat that no one would have been surprised to see him struggle out of the gates either. And in fact, that is precisely what happened.

Tomac came out of the gates slow in Round 1 and was seventh by the end of Lap 1 of Moto 1 – hardly the auspicious start he hoped for. He rebounded only as far as fourth and that ultimately cost him a chance to win the overall. Tomac won Moto 2 to claim second overall.

In Round 2, Tomac found his rhythm and won both Motos and grabbed the red plate. For the moment, he had the momentum with three consecutive Moto wins.

Tomac stumbled again in Round 3 – this time finishing only fifth in Moto 1 and earning only 16 points to dig a deep hole that eventually surrendered the red plate to Ken Roczen.

It was at Thunder Valley in Round 3 that a pattern emerged. Tomac would not make it easy on himself early in the day, but was more than capable of winning the second Motos to overcome his deficit.

That Roczen has won this season is also not a surprise in itself. Many believed his ascent to the top step of the podium was way overdue.

That he has run so well, however, was not entirely expected at the start of the season. Since injuring both arms in a pair of accidents, Roczen came tantalizingly close to snapping his winless streak a dozen times. He won heat races during the Supercross season and finished second at Anaheim I, Minneapolis, Dallas, and Seattle earlier this year.

He just couldn’t secure the overall win.

Roczen’s Moto 1 victory at Hangtown might have been the precursor to another disappointing weekend, but once Tomac got into the lead, Roczen zeroed in on the Kawasaki’s back tire and finished second in route to the overall victory.

Roczen lost the overall and the red plate to Tomac in Round 2 at Pala, but he stood on the podium in both Motos. Roczen podiumed twice again in Round 3 while taking that overall victory to regain the red plate in what has become a seesaw affair in the early part of the 2019 season.

Last week, Roczen looked more like Tomac with his desperate struggle in Moto 1 and sixth-place finish. That was the first (and so far only) time this season that he failed to stand on the podium.

Roczen’s Moto 2 win last week was just enough to put him second overall with barely enough points to force a tie at the top of the leaderboard with 176 points apiece.

Meanwhile, Tomac failed to win either Moto with a third in the first race and runner-up finish in the second.

The moral victory and advantage may shift to Roczen this week.

As they have swapped the victory in the first four rounds with Roczen winning the odd-numbered events, he sees this weekend’s Round 5 as an opportunity.

“I’m looking forward to next weekend’s race,” Roczen said in a team press release. “The track is sandy. It’s very similar—actually almost identical—to what I ride on a regular basis at home.”

Tomac and Roczen enter Round 5 with a 32-point advantage over two riders tied for third in the standings.

So far Zach Osborne and Jason Anderson have not been in the same league as the leaders, but it only takes one slip of the wheel to fall out of the points in in a race and allow these racers to close the gap.

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