2008 24 Hours of Le Mans

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  1. The359

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    The officiall entry list for the 24 Hours of Le mans has been released by the ACO. 55 entries plus 8 reserves which will all show for the Test Days the first weekend of June, two weeks before the race.

    The list is currently as follows:

    LMP1 (20 cars)

    #1
    Audi Sport North America - Germany
    Audi R10
    Audi 5.5L Turbo V12 (Diesel)

    #2
    Audi Sport North America - Germany
    Audi R10
    Audi 5.5L Turbo V12 (Diesel)

    #3
    Audi Sport Team Joest - Germany
    Audi R10
    Audi 5.5L Turbo V12 (Diesel)

    #5
    Team Oreca-Matmut - France
    Courage-Oreca LC70
    Judd 5.5L V10

    #6
    Team Oreca-Matmut - France
    Courage-Oreca LC70
    Judd 5.5L V10

    #7
    Team Peugeot Total - France
    Peugeot 908
    Peugeot 5.5L Turbo V12 (Diesel)

    #8
    Team Peugeot Total - France
    Peugeot 908
    Peugeot 5.5L Turbo V12 (Diesel)

    #9
    Peugeot Sport Total - France
    Peugeot 908
    Peugeot 5.5L Turbo V12 (Diesel)

    #10
    Charouz Racing System - Czech Republic
    Lola B08/60
    Aston Martin 6.0L V12

    #11
    Dome Racing Team - Japan
    Dome S102
    Judd 5.5L V10

    #12
    Charouz Racing System (Team Cytosport) - Czech Republic
    Lola B07/17
    Judd 5.5L V10

    #14
    Creation Autosportif - Great Britain
    Creation CA07
    AIM 5.0L V10

    #16
    Pescarolo Sport - France
    Pescarolo 01
    Judd 5.5L V10

    #17
    Pescarolo Sport - France
    Pescarolo 01
    Judd 5.5L V10

    #18
    Rollcentre Racing - Great Britain
    Pescarolo 01
    Judd 5.5L V10

    #19
    Chamberlain-Synergy Motorsport - Great Britain
    Lola B06/10
    AER 4.0L Turbo V8

    #20
    Epsilon Euskadi - Spain
    Epsilon Euskadi EE1
    Judd 5.5L V10

    #22
    Tokai University/YGK Power - Japan
    Courage-Oreca LC70
    Judd 5.5L V10

    #23
    Autocon Motorsport - United States
    Creation CA07
    Judd 5.0L V10

    #24
    Terramas - Japan
    Courage LC70
    Mugen 4.0L V8

    LMP2 (12 cars)

    #25
    Ray Mallock Racing (RML) - Great Britain
    MG-Lola EX265
    MG 2.0L Turbo I4

    #26
    Team Bruichladdich Radical - Great Britain
    Radical SR9
    AER 2.0L Turbo I4

    #30
    Racing Box - Italy
    Lucchini LMP2/04
    Judd 3.4L V8

    #31
    Team Essex - Denmark
    Porsche RS Spyder Evo
    Porsche 3.4L V8

    #32
    Team Barazi-Epsilon - France
    Zytek 07S/2
    Zytek 3.4L V8

    #33
    Speedy Racing Team Sebah - Switzerland
    Lola B08/80
    Judd 3.4L V8

    #34
    Van Merksteijn Motorsport - Netherlands
    Porsche RS Spyder Evo
    Porsche 3.4L V8

    #35
    Saulnier Racing - France
    Pescarolo 01
    Judd 3.4L V8

    #40
    Quifel ASM Team - Portugal
    Lola B05/40
    AER 2.0L Turbo I4

    #41
    Trading Performance - Belgium
    Zytek 07S/2
    Zytek 3.4L V8

    #44
    Kruse Schiller Motorsport - Germany
    Lola B05/40
    Mazda 2.0L Turbo I4

    #45
    Embassy Racing - Great Britain
    Embassy WF01
    Zytek 3.4L V8

    GT1 (10 cars)

    #007
    Aston Martin Racing - Great Britain
    Aston Martin DBR9
    Aston Martin 6.0L V12

    #009
    Aston Martin Racing - Great Britain
    Aston Martin DBR9
    Aston Martin 6.0L V12

    #50
    Larbre Competition - France
    Saleen S7-R
    Ford 7.0L V8

    #53
    Vitaphone Racing Team - Germany
    Aston Martin DBR9
    Aston Martin 6.0L V12

    #55
    IPB Spartak Racing (Reither Engineering) - Russia
    Lamborghini Murcielago R-GT
    Lamborghini 6.0L V12

    #59
    Team Modena - Great Britain
    Aston Martin DBR9
    Aston Martrin 6.0L V12

    #63
    Corvette Racing - United States
    Chevrolet Corvette C6.R
    Chevrolet 7.0L V8

    #64
    Corvette Racing - United States
    Chevrolet Corvette C6.R
    Chevrolet 7.0L V8

    #72
    Luc Alphand Aventures - France
    Chevrolet Corvette C6.R
    Chevrolet 7.0L V8

    #73
    Luc Alphand Aventures - France
    Chevrolet Corvette C6.R
    Chevrolet 7.0L V8

    GT2 (13 cars)

    #76
    IMSA Performance Matmut - France
    Porsche 911 GT3-RSR
    Porsche 3.8L Flat-6

    #77
    Team Felbermayr-Proton - Germany
    Porsche 911 GT3-RSR
    Porsche 3.8L Flat-6

    #78
    AF Corse - Italy
    Ferrari F430GT
    Ferrari 4.0L V8

    #80
    Flying Lizard Motorsports - United States
    Porsche 911 GT3-RSR
    Porsche 3.8L Flat-6

    #81
    Tafel Racing - United States
    Ferrari F430GT
    Ferrari 4.0L V8

    #82
    Risi Competizione - United States
    Ferrari F430GT
    Ferrari 4.0L V8

    #83
    Risi Competizione - United States
    Ferrari F430GT
    Ferrari 4.0L V8

    #85
    Spyker Squadron - Netherlands
    Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2-R
    Audi 4.0L V8

    #90
    Farnbacher Racing - Germany
    Ferrari F430GT
    Ferrari 4.0L V8

    #94
    Speedy Racing Team - Switzerland
    Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2-R
    Audi 4.0L V8

    #96
    Virgo Motorsport - Great Britain
    Ferrari F430GT
    Ferrari 4.0L V8

    #97
    BMS Scuderia Italia - Italy
    Ferrari F430GT
    Ferrari 4.0L V8

    #99
    JMB Racing - Monaco
    Ferrari F430GT
    Ferrari 4.0L V8
     
  2. The359

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    And here are the eight reserve entries. If any team on the entry list drops out between now and the race in June, the reserve will take their place in the order shown here, regardless of the class.

    1st reserve
    LMP1
    Saulnier Racing - France
    Pescarolo 01
    Judd 5.5L V10

    2nd reserve
    GT1
    IPB Spartak Racing - Russia
    Lamborghini Murcielago R-GT
    Lamborghini 6.0L V12

    3rd reserve
    LMP1
    Epsilon Euskadi - Spain
    Epsilon Euskadi EE1
    Judd 5.5L V10

    4th reserve
    GT2
    IMSA Performance Matmut - France
    Porsche 911 GT3-RSR
    Porsche 3.8L Flat-6

    5th reserve
    LMP1
    Creation Autosportif - Great Britain
    Creation CA07
    AIM 5.0L V10

    6th reserve
    GT2
    Spyker Squadron - Netherlands
    Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2-R
    Audi 4.0L V8

    7th reserve
    GT2
    Team Felbermayr-Proton - Germany
    Porsche 911 GT3-RSR
    Porsche 3.8L Flat-6

    8th reserve
    GT1
    Larbre Competition - France
    Saleen S7-R
    Ford 7.0L V8
     
  3. dougiemeats

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    It's good to see at least one Saleen S7R and Murcielago R-GT.

    And a Vitaphone Aston Martin? Interesting.
     
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    Not much of a surprise given that the MC12 still doesn't meet the ACO regulations(even while the FIA and IMSA have allowed it to compete), but its a welcome change though.
     
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    I usually bring up threads on big race events. However, it's nice to see the 2008 Le Mans thread started. It's February, but we aren't extremely far from June. Thanks for starting this up, The359.
     
  6. Mr. Boy

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    I always thought GT2 mainly had porsche 911s. So many Ferraris now. :odd:
     
  7. The359

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    The Ferraris have become more successful. Most teams have begun to switch in order to be more competitive.
     
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    So would you say that the Ferraris are the new "it" cars of GT racing?
     
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    For now at least, but those teams who decided to stick with Porsche will have a strong package this year. The 997 GT3 RSR has been upgraded during winter, and should provide an even match for the revised F430.

    Must say I`m keen on the BMW M3 GTR as of next season though. Would be nice if something else than a Porsche or a Ferrari were competitive in GT2.
    I´m not forgetting the Panoz Le Mans win, but seriously...
    The Spykers are not very competitive either, but there will be some new faces in the Le Mans series in the US and over here in Europe, such as Corvette, Viper CC, Ford GT, Aston V8 Vantage.

    Next year looks very interesting indeed!
     
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    The 2008-spec GT3-RSR is still a maybe though, as they are currently untested. Ferrari also performed upgrades to the F430.
     
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    Nice to see some Porsche RS Spyders in the LMP2 line-up. Shame they're not Penskes.
     
  12. Layla's Keeper

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    Entirely a shame that none of the eligible ALMS LMP2 teams are heading for Le Mans. It's understandable that Dyson and Penske are staying home (they've both said in the past they don't want to spend their own money to go to Le Mans) but a crying shame that not one Acura is going.

    And, quite frankly, Tokai Freaking University???? They hold Creation and Epsilon to one car each with their team cars on reserve, but allow this to run? Is it just me, or does this smack of the ACO protecting the diesels from the potential that with a bit of on-track data and development a privateer with a customer car might actually have an LMP1 faster than the oil-burners?
     
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    Well, I highly doubt the Creation or Basque cars are going to be challenging for podiums anyway over the Peugeots and Audis, and even the Pescarolos who will be flying the petrol flag.

    On one hand, its nice to give a tiny team like the one from Tokai University a chance to participate at LeMans, so I feel happy for them, but its unlikely theyll finish the race. :ouch:
     
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    Tokai has the support of YGK, who are using this program to launch their LMP1 engine.

    The Epsilon Euskadi is unproven, and Creation has yet to run with their new engine, so there's hardly any conclusive evidence that they'd be able to fight the diesels.
     
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    Hmmmm, YGK, haven't heard or seen anything from them in a while. As far as competition, Unless you have an Diesel or the big two have some huge failure(which I doubt will happen), No else one is gonna win and now that Audi is in both the LMES and the ALMS with Peugeot, I don't see a petrol car anywhere on the podium anytime soon.
     
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    I agree it will be very hard for a non diesel car to win.
     
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    YGK attempted to get into sportscars a few years ago, backing the Reynard 02S. However when Reynard went belly up, YGK quickly pulled out of the project.

    YGK's attempt at Petit Le Mans
     
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    The Spykers havn't been that these past two years but their reliability lets them down. But they're getting stronger I think.

    And I though the Ferrari had a 4.3l V8, hence its name - 430?
     
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    It doesn't feel right without Rollcentre :(
     
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    In order to compete at their current weight, they run with a 4.0L V8.
     
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    Its interesting to see Vitaphone entered in a DBR9- wonder what Maserati think of this?
     
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    Seeing as their MC12 doesn't meet the ACO's regulations, they can't really say much about it. I doubt they'll cross their arms and turn their back on vitaphone racing with this fact in mind though.
     
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    Huh? :confused:

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    I see. I'm not that keen on Ferraris so I don't follow them. I wonder if Aston will do the same thing with the Vantage?

    I was also quite surprised to see no Panozes in GT2. They did well last year.
     
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    Oh! I completely missed that!

    :D
     
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    They did well?? Two starting cars, one DNF and one finished some 12 laps behind the GT2 winner... 5th in class though... good??
    They won the class in -06 though, if that is what you mean.

    But it is sad that they are not
    entered. The more the marrier!
     
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    Yeh thats what I meant. I get confused between the years. Last year I was working (in a race team funnily enough) and I didn't get much of a chance to keep up with the race.

    And I agree that the bigger the variation of cars, the better. Next year should be pretty good then.
     
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    From what I understand, the V8 Vantage GT2 will have its engine enlarged to 4.5 litres.
     
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