2014 24 Hours of Le Mans

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2014 24 Hours of Le Mans
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Circuit de la Sarthe track

The 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans (French: 24 Heures du Mans 2014) will be an automobile endurance race held on 14–15 June 2014 at the Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans, France. It will be the 82nd running of the 24 Hours organized by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest. The race will also be the third round of the 2014 World Endurance Championship.

Schedule[edit]

The 2014 schedule for Le Mans is a week earlier than it was in 2013 in order to avoid schedule conflicts with other motorsports series.[1] A test session for all participants, reserves, as well as additional entries will be held two weeks prior to the race.

Schedule[2]
DateTime (CEST)Event
Test Day
Friday, 30 May09:00 – 18:00Administrative checks and scrutineering
Saturday, 31 May09:00 – 15:00
Sunday, 1 June09:00 – 13:00Test session
14:00 – 18:00
24 Hours of Le Mans
Sunday, 8 June14:30 – 19:00Administrative checks and scrutineering
Monday, 9 June10:00 – 18:00
Wednesday, 11 June16:00 – 20:00Free practice
22:00 – 24:00Qualifying
Thursday, 12 June19:00 – 21:00
22:00 – 24:00
Saturday, 14 June09:00 – 09:45Warm-up
15:00Race start
Sunday, 15 June15:00Race finish

Circuit and regulation changes[edit]

Following the death of Allan Simonsen during the 2013 race, the ACO announced improvements to the safety barriers and run-off at the Tertre Rouge and Corvette corners. Additionally, a slow zone system will be utilized for minor incidents by limiting all cars in one section of the circuit to a speed of 60 km/h (37 mph). Rookies and drivers who have not raced at Le Mans for the past five years will be required to participate in a half-day simulation training course.[3]

Entries[edit]

Automatic entries[edit]

Automatic entries are earned by teams which won their class in the previous running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, or have won Le Mans-based series and events such as the American Le Mans Series, European Le Mans Series and Asian Le Mans Series. Some second place finishers are also granted automatic entries in certain series. As with the 2013 race, the American Le Mans Series was given two "at large" entries rather than entries for each class.

As automatic entries are granted to teams, the teams are allowed to change their cars from the previous year to the next, but are not allowed to change their category. However, automatic invitations in the two GTE categories are able to be swapped between the two based on the driver line-ups chosen by these teams.

On 20 December 2013, the list of automatic entries was announced by the ACO.[4]

Reason EnteredLMP1LMP2LMGTE ProLMGTE Am
1st in the 24 Hours of Le MansGermany Audi Sport Team JoestFrance OAK RacingGermany Porsche AG Team MantheyFrance IMSA Performance Matmut
1st in the European Le Mans SeriesFrance Signatech AlpineUnited Kingdom Ram Racing
2nd in the European Le Mans SeriesGermany Proton Competition
American Le Mans Series at-large entriesUnited States Muscle Milk Pickett RacingUnited States Risi Competizione
1st in European Le Mans Series FLM categoryFrance Team Endurance Challenge
1st in the Asian Le Mans SeriesFrance OAK RacingItaly AF Corse
2nd in the Asian Le Mans SeriesHong Kong Craft Racing

56th entry[edit]

The ACO announced during 2013 that Nissan Motor Company and Nismo had been granted the Garage 56 entry for 2014. Nissan unveiled the car, known as the ZEOD RC, during the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans weekend. The ZEOD RC is designed by Ben Bowlby, who previously created the 2012 Garage 56 entry DeltaWing which was also backed by Nissan. The ZEOD RC will utilize a hybrid electric drivetrain with lithium ion battery packs in a chassis similar in design to the DeltaWing.[5] The Nissan team is also evaluating a number of different electric drivetrain options in preparation for the 2014 race.

Entry list[edit]

In conjunction with the announcement of entries for the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship and the 2014 European Le Mans Series, the ACO announced the full 56 car entry list for Le Mans, plus ten reserves.[6] In addition to the 31 guaranteed entries from the World Endurance Championship, thirteen entries come from the European Le Mans Series, five from the United SportsCar Championship, and two from the Asian Le Mans Series, while the rest of the field is filled with one-off entries only competing at Le Mans.

   Also a full-season entry in the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship season
   Also a full-season entry in the 2014 European Le Mans Series season
   Also a full-season entry in the 2014 United SportsCar Championship season
Entry List
No.NationTeamCarTyreDriver 1[6]Driver 2Driver 3
LMP1-H (7 entries)
1 DEUAudi Sport Team JoestAudi R18 e-tron quattroMBrazil Lucas di GrassiDenmark Tom Kristensen[7]France Loïc Duval[7]
2 DEUAudi Sport Team JoestAudi R18 e-tron quattroMSwitzerland Marcel FässlerGermany André Lotterer[7]France Benoît Tréluyer[7]
3 DEUAudi Sport Team JoestAudi R18 e-tron quattroMPortugal Filipe AlbuquerqueUnited Kingdom Oliver Jarvis[7]Italy Marco Bonanomi[7]
7 JPNToyota RacingToyota TS040 HybridMAustria Alexander WurzFrance Stéphane Sarrazin[8]Japan Kazuki Nakajima[8]
8 JPNToyota RacingToyota TS040 HybridMUnited Kingdom Anthony DavidsonFrance Nicolas Lapierre[8]Switzerland Sébastien Buemi[8]
14 DEUPorsche TeamPorsche 919 HybridMFrance Romain DumasGermany Marc Lieb[9]Switzerland Neel Jani[9]
20 DEUPorsche TeamPorsche 919 HybridMGermany Timo BernhardAustralia Mark Webber[9]New Zealand Brendon Hartley[9]
LMP1-L (3 entries)
9 DEULotusLotus T129-AERMNetherlands Christijan Albers TBA TBA
12  CHERebellion RacingRebellion R-One-ToyotaMFrance Nicolas ProstGermany Nick Heidfeld[10] TBA
13  CHERebellion RacingRebellion R-One-ToyotaMSwitzerland Mathias Beche TBA TBA
LMP2 (17 entries)
21 GBRStrakka RacingDome Strakka S103-NissanMUnited Kingdom Nick LeventisUnited Kingdom Jonny Kane[11]United Kingdom Danny Watts[11]
22 AREMillennium RacingOreca 03-NissanDFrance Fabien GiroixAustralia John Martin[12]United Kingdom Oliver Turvey[12]
23 AREMillennium RacingOreca 03-NissanDSweden Stefan JohanssonUnited Kingdom Mike Conway[12]Japan Shinji Nakano[12]
24 FRASébastien Loeb RacingOreca 03-NissanMGermany René RastBelgium Laurens Vanthoor[13]France Vincent Capillaire
26 RUSG-Drive RacingMorgan LMP2-NissanDRussia Roman RusinovFrance Olivier Pla[14]France Julien Canal[14]
27 RUSSMP RacingOreca 03-NissanRussia Kirill LadyginRussia Anton Ladygin[15]Russia Viktor Shaitar[15]
33 FRAOAK Racing-Team AsiaLigier JS P2-HPDMChina David ChengChina Ho-Pin Tung[16] TBA
34  CHERace PerformanceOreca 03-JuddDSwitzerland Michel FreyFrance Franck Mailleux[17] TBA
35 FRAOAK RacingMorgan LMP2-NissanDUnited Kingdom Alex Brundle TBA TBA
36 FRASignatech AlpineAlpine A450-NissanFrance Paul-Loup Chatin TBA TBA
37 RUSSMP RacingOreca 03-NissanRussia Sergey ZlobinItaly Maurizio Mediani[15]France Nicolas Minassian[15]
38 GBRJota SportZytek Z11SN-NissanDUnited Kingdom Simon DolanUnited Kingdom Harry Tincknell[18] TBA
41 GBRGreaves MotorsportZytek Z11SN-NissanDUnited Kingdom Tom Kimber-SmithUnited States Chris Dyson[19] TBA
43  CHEMorand RacingMorgan LMP2-JuddDAustria Christian Klien TBA TBA
46 FRATDS RacingLigier JS P2-NissanDFrance Pierre ThirietFrance Ludovic Badey[20]France Tristan Gommendy[20]
47 HKGKCMGOreca 03-NissanMUnited Kingdom Matthew HowsonUnited Kingdom Richard Bradley[21] TBA
48 IRLMurphy PrototypesOreca 03-NissanDRepublic of Ireland Greg Murphy TBA TBA
LMGTE-Pro (12 entries)
51 ITAAF CorseFerrari 458 Italia GT2MItaly Gianmaria Bruni TBA TBA
52 GBRRam RacingFerrari 458 Italia GT2MRepublic of Ireland Matt GriffinPortugal Álvaro Parente[22] TBA
71 ITAAF CorseFerrari 458 Italia GT2MItaly Davide Rigon TBA TBA
73 USACorvette RacingChevrolet Corvette C7.RMDenmark Jan MagnussenSpain Antonio García[23]United States Jordan Taylor[23]
74 USACorvette RacingChevrolet Corvette C7.RMUnited Kingdom Oliver GavinUnited States Tommy Milner[23]United Kingdom Richard Westbrook[23]
89 GBRAston Martin RacingAston Martin Vantage GTEMBrazil Bruno Senna TBA TBA
91 DEUPorsche Team MantheyPorsche 911 RSRMFrance Patrick Pilet TBA TBA
92 DEUPorsche Team MantheyPorsche 911 RSRMGermany Marco Holzer TBA TBA
93 USASRT MotorsportsSRT Viper GTS-RMUnited Kingdom Rob Bell TBA TBA
94 USASRT MotorsportsSRT Viper GTS-RMNetherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen TBA TBA
97 GBRAston Martin RacingAston Martin Vantage GTEMUnited Kingdom Darren TurnerGermany Stefan Mücke[24] TBA
99 GBRAston Martin RacingAston Martin Vantage GTEMHong Kong Darryl O'YoungBrazil Fernando Rees[24]United Kingdom Alex MacDowall[24]
LMGTE-Am (16 entries)
53 GBRRam RacingFerrari 458 Italia GT2MUnited Kingdom Johnny MowlemUnited Kingdom Ben Collins[25]United States Mark Patterson[25]
58 FRATeam Sofrev ASPFerrari 458 Italia GT2MFrance Fabien Barthez TBA TBA
60 ITAAF CorseFerrari 458 Italia GT2MUnited States Peter Ashley Mann TBA TBA
61 ITAAF CorseFerrari 458 Italia GT2MArgentina Luís Pérez Companc TBA TBA
62 ITAAF CorseFerrari 458 Italia GT2MFrance Yannick Mallegol TBA TBA
67 FRAIMSA Performance MatmutPorsche 911 GT3 RSRMFrance Erik MarisFrance Jean-Marc Merlin[26]France Éric Hélary[26]
72 RUSSMP RacingFerrari 458 Italia GT2MItaly Andrea Bertolini TBA TBA
75 BELProspeed CompetitionPorsche 911 GT3 RSRMFrance François PerrodoFrance Matthieu Vaxivière[27]France Emmanuel Collard[27]
77 USADempsey Racing-ProtonPorsche 911 RSRMUnited States Patrick DempseyUnited States Joe Foster[28] TBA
81 ITAAF CorseFerrari 458 Italia GT2MAustralia Steve Wyatt TBA TBA
87 HKGCraft RacingAston Martin Vantage GTEMHong Kong Frank Yu TBA TBA
88 DEUProton CompetitionPorsche 911 RSRMGermany Christian Ried TBA TBA
90 USA8 Star MotorsportsFerrari 458 Italia GT2MVenezuela Enzo PotolicchioItaly Gianluca Roda[29]Italy Paolo Ruberti[29]
95 GBRAston Martin RacingAston Martin Vantage GTEMDenmark Kristian PoulsenDenmark David Heinemeier Hansson[30]Denmark Nicki Thiim[24]
96 GBRAston Martin RacingAston Martin Vantage GTEMNew Zealand Richie Stanaway TBA TBA
98 GBRAston Martin RacingAston Martin Vantage GTEMCanada Paul Dalla Lana TBA TBA
Invitational
0 JPNNissan Motorsports GlobalNissan ZEOD RCMSpain Lucas OrdóñezBelgium Wolfgang Reip[31] TBA

Reserves[edit]

Ten reserves were named along with the 56 entries for the race. In the event of a withdrawal prior to the race, the first reserve in the same category, LMP or LMGTE, will take its spot. The day after the announcement of the entries and reserves, Caterham withdrew their reserve entry, initially third in the LMP category.[32]

Reserve Entries
OrderClassNo.NationTeamCarDesignated driver[6]
LMP
1LMP250 FRALarbre CompétitionMorgan-JuddFrance Jacques Nicolet
2LMP230 FRASignatech AlpineAlpine A450-NissanFrance Nelson Panciatici
3LMP240 BELBoutsen Ginion RacingOreca 03-NissanFrance Vincent Capillaire
4LMP229 DEUPegasus RacingMorgan-NissanFrance Julien Schell
LMGTE
1LMGTE-Am66 GBRJMW MotorsportFerrari 458 Italia GT2United Kingdom George Richardson
2LMGTE-Am70 JPNTeam TaisanFerrari 458 Italia GT2Italy Matteo Malucelli
3LMGTE-Am76 FRAIMSA Performance MatmutPorsche 911 GT3 RSRFrance Raymond Narac
4LMGTE-Am79 BELProspeed CompetitionPorsche 911 GT3 RSRNetherlands Xavier Maassen
5LMGTE-Pro57 USARisi CompetizioneFerrari 458 Italia GT2United States Tracy Krohn

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