Record LMP2 grid size for Le Mans in 2017
The ACO has revealed that the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans will feature a record 25 LMP2 cars on the grid as it announced this year’s race entries.
The record sized LMP2 grid sees 40 per cent of the teams using the Oreca 07 as the 2017 regulations restrict teams to a choice of four chassis manufacturers.
Toyota highlighted its commitment to LMP1 and winning at Le Mans, as the ACO confirmed that it would be bringing a three-car effort to the Circuit de La Sarthe for the race.
Ford underlined its hunger for more 24 hour success as it was revealed that the famous Blue Oval would be entering a quarter of Ford GTs following its success in 2016.
With only one privateer LMP1 entry announced (ByKolles Nismo), in a message to those watching the ACO’s live web conference, president of the FIA, Jean Todt stated the FIA plans to “optimise and control expenditure in upcoming seasons” while he thought the “sixth season of the WEC promises to be exciting”
Total number of cars per category on the 2017 Le Mans grid:
6 (5)* LMP1
25 (10)* LMP2
13 (8)* GTE Pro
16 (5)* GTE Am