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Old 11 Jul 2017, 12:38 (Ref:3750384)   #1
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Le Mans 2018 Entry List Speculation

Oh boy, I get to start this thread really stupidly early this year.

JDC-Miller Motorsports are looking to enter the big race next year as one of IMSA's nominated invitational entries. With the possibility of some ELMS or WEC action before that.

http://sportscar365.com/lemans/wec/j...debut-in-2018/
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Is it to early to start getting excited?!


I hope JDC-Miller do get the entry (which looks almost a certainty as they're the only full-season entrant that's applicable for that particular pize) - always good to see new teams entering.
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So, No Porsche, no Audi - after this year's "almost" for an LMP2 surely some manufacturer will want to get a piece of glory/ history books. If not we could see a privateer Ginetta win!
Clutching at straws here, but anyone got any rays of hope for LMP1?
Invites for DPis?
I suppose LM GTE Pro does still look good...
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Rolling out the red carpet for the DPis and all those manufacturers would be awesome but I just can't see it happening. The ACO need to make some quick decisions.
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Rolling out the red carpet for the DPis and all those manufacturers would be awesome but I just can't see it happening. The ACO need to make some quick decisions.
Agreed. They need to get some stability back and a marquee signing otherwise a lot of people will decide to miss 2018.


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Agreed. They need to get some stability back and a marquee signing otherwise a lot of people will decide to miss 2018.
More fool them, more space for me.......
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After watching the spa 24 hour today, the volume of VAG cars and factory expense was silly, Audi, porsche, lambo and bentley and all this from a company embroiled in the biggest scandal in motor car history. So cuts to the racing programmes are obviously going to happen. Not sure why porsche would go o formula e, not sure any car buyer would look at that for reasons to buy a car.
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After watching the spa 24 hour today, the volume of VAG cars and factory expense was silly, Audi, porsche, lambo and bentley and all this from a company embroiled in the biggest scandal in motor car history. So cuts to the racing programmes are obviously going to happen. Not sure why porsche would go o formula e, not sure any car buyer would look at that for reasons to buy a car.
But those are customer cars that teams have bought. How many R8s has Audi sold? 150? Not the same as running an LMP1 team.
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After watching the spa 24 hour today, the volume of VAG cars and factory expense was silly, Audi, porsche, lambo and bentley and all this from a company embroiled in the biggest scandal in motor car history. So cuts to the racing programmes are obviously going to happen. Not sure why porsche would go o formula e, not sure any car buyer would look at that for reasons to buy a car.
These are customer programs that turn a profit. They have works support, but these are cars that have been sold to customers. The Lamborghini is a heavily modified Audi R8 too - same engine in those cars.

They run races like Spa so they can sell these cars to rich businessmen who want to race. There are well over 200 Audi R8 LMS in the wild now. Similarly, there are over 100 RS3 TCR cars as well. The GT3 R8 sells for about $450,000...that's a lot of money.
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Pure speculation but McLaren branded their last hypercar (P1LM) with LM and made quite a bit of a PR song and dance about it. Could this lead to a GTE entry?
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Funny to see this thread still being so slow. Concerning all the turbulence around WEC and it's future.

I for one dought the fact Toyota is even gonna enter next year. They'll never allowe their cars to be pegged back so much that a half a million car could beat them.
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At the risk of cursing the class, only GTE Pro has any sort of certainty about it.

2 cars each from Aston, BMW, Chevy, Ferrari, Ford and Porsche seems nailed on.
Maybe the extra two cars from Ford, and maybe someone like Risi again.

LMP1 is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.
Anything and anyone could turn up in LMP2.
Similar for GTE Am, although Proton should have at least two new 911s on the grid.
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At the risk of cursing the class, only GTE Pro has any sort of certainty about it.

2 cars each from Aston, BMW, Chevy, Ferrari, Ford and Porsche seems nailed on.
Maybe the extra two cars from Ford, and maybe someone like Risi again.

LMP1 is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.
Anything and anyone could turn up in LMP2.
Similar for GTE Am, although Proton should have at least two new 911s on the grid.
very likely there will be more than 2 official porsches at le mans, surely the usual 4 ford army. Good chances for risi, who knows if finally larbre will grid for real a semi-official corvette in gtpro.

Lmp1 I expect toyota 2x o 3x (if they decide to keep on staying, aiming to lose twice 24H of le mans in a season) smp dallara and maybe one or two ginetta.
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Funny to see this thread still being so slow. Concerning all the turbulence around WEC and it's future.
I think most WEC fans are still hiding behind the sofa haha.

There must be so much going on behind the scenes at the moment.

In the weirdest way, a small part of me wouldn't mind if Toyota did leave. Literally rip the whole thing down and start again, rather than trying and failing to balance the technologies. That would certainly make for a more intriguing battle and hopefully encourage a couple more entries out of the woodwork.

I guess if Peugeot are coming then it would be nice to see Toyota there to greet them. But it just feels like a bit much to ask for a company, especially one so snakebit at Le Mans.
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