The ACO have released the final entry list for this year’s official Le Mans test day which will take place on Sunday 5th June.
All five of the LMP1 teams will be present with Austrian Alexander Wurz listed as a fourth driver against both of Toyota’s TS050-Hybrid.
In LMP2, Simon Gachet joins Panis-Barthez in the #23 Ligier JS P2 and Dean Koutsoumidis is added to the #34 Race Performance Oreca 03. Portugeuse driver Joao Barbosa (#40 Krohn Ligier) will not attend due to other commitments in the US.
In LM GTE the two US based Ford GTs will be missing local driver Sebastien Bourdais (#68) and Scott Dixon (#69) due to other racing commitments in the States. Neither car has a replacement listed. Neither Pro nor Am has any fourth drivers listed.
In Pre Le Mans testing, Porsche took a single 919 Hybrid to the Motorland track in Aragon, Spain and ran a 30 hour test, covering a total of 8,427 km. All 6 of their regular drivers shared driving duties.
In Italy, eight teams are testing (or have just completed final testing) at Monza; in LMP1 Audi, Rebellion, ByKolles. LMP2 saw RGR by Morand, Tequila Patron ESM, Michael Shank Racing and Panis-Barthez Competition. For Michael Shank it is the first time the team has used the car they will race at Le Mans which is owned by Onroak and the same chassis that won at Daytona and Sebring earlier this year in the hands of ESM.
For the GTE classes, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing and, following their test Many Cours in France a few days before, Aston Martin Racing also take to the Italian track.
Algarve Pro Racing were in Spain at Jerez where the Portugeuse based team completed an 8 hour “into the night” test. Nissan-backed Olympian Chris Hoy was present during the whole test and had his first experience driving the Ligier JS P2 Nissan in night conditions.