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Old 31 Jan 2018, 14:51 (Ref:3797189)   #136
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Any idea when the entry list will be published? I think it was Feb 6th last year.
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Old 31 Jan 2018, 15:07 (Ref:3797195)   #137
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Any idea when the entry list will be published? I think it was Feb 6th last year.
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Old 31 Jan 2018, 15:38 (Ref:3797197)   #138
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Great, thanks! I'm trying to decide whether to go to Le Mans this year or next (can only do one of them). I have a feeling next year will be better...
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Great, thanks! I'm trying to decide whether to go to Le Mans this year or next (can only do one of them). I have a feeling next year will be better...
That's one too many decision for a man to have to make in his life.........
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Great, thanks! I'm trying to decide whether to go to Le Mans this year or next (can only do one of them). I have a feeling next year will be better...
Do this year, then you can start to arrange 2019 when you get home, you will be hooked.
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Old 31 Jan 2018, 21:58 (Ref:3797302)   #141
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Do this year, then you can start to arrange 2019 when you get home, you will be hooked.
Believe me, I understand the reality - this will be my fifth visit, but traveling from the US west coast to Le Mans two years in a row doesn't sit well with either Mrs. or job...
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Believe me, I understand the reality - this will be my fifth visit, but traveling from the US west coast to Le Mans two years in a row doesn't sit well with either Mrs. or job...
i understand, look forwrad to seeing and talking to you at the 2019 meet up
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With less than week to go now, here's my personal calculated guestimate for how the entry list will actually look like... maybe more than 75% would go right?

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LM P1        Toyota TS050 Hybrid            Toyota Gazoo Racing 
LM P1        Toyota TS050 Hybrid            Toyota Gazoo Racing 
LM P1        Oreca 09 Zytek                 Rebellion Racing 
LM P1        Oreca 09 Zytek                 Rebellion Racing 
LM P1        CLM P1/01 Nissan               ByKolles Racing Team 
LM P1        Ginetta G60-LT-P1 Mechachrome  Manor TRS Racing 
LM P1        Ginetta G60-LT-P1 Mechachrome  Manor TRS Racing
LM P1        Dallara BR1 AER                SMP ART Racing 
LM P1        Dallara BR1 AER                SMP ART Racing 
LM P1        Dallara BR1 Zytek              Dragonspeed
= 10x

LM P2        Oreca 07 Zytek                 Graff S024!
LM P2        Oreca 07 Zytek                 Jackie Chan DC Racing JOTA
LM P2        Oreca 07 Zytek                 Jackie Chan DC Racing JOTA
LM P2        Oreca 07 Zytek                 JDC Miller Motorsports
LM P2        Oreca 07 Zytek                 KCMG
LM P2        Oreca 07 Zytek                 Signatech Alpine Matmut
LM P2        Oreca 07 Zytek                 Signatech Alpine Matmut
LM P2        Oreca 07 Zytek                 TDS Racing
LM P2        Ligier JS P217 Zytek           Algarve Pro Racing
LM P2        Ligier JS P217 Zytek           BBT
LM P2        Ligier JS P217 Zytek           G-Drive Racing
LM P2        Ligier JS P217 Zytek           G-Drive Racing
LM P2        Ligier JS P217 Zytek           IDEC Sport Racing
LM P2        Ligier JS P217 Zytek           Panis Parthez Competition
LM P2        Ligier JS P217 Zytek           United Autosports
LM P2        Ligier JS P217 Zytek           United Autosports
LM P2        Ligier JS P217 Zytek           Larbre Competition
LM P2        Dallara P217 Zytek             Cetilar Villorba Corse
LM P2        Dallara P217 Zytek             Racing Team Nederland
LM P2        Riley Mk. 30 Zytek             BAR1 Motorsports
= 20x

LM GTE PRO    Chevrolet Corvette C7.R       Corvette Racing
LM GTE PRO    Chevrolet Corvette C7.R       Corvette Racing
LM GTE PRO    Ferrari 488 GTE               AF Corse
LM GTE PRO    Ferrari 488 GTE               AF Corse
LM GTE PRO    Ferrari 488 GTE               Risi Competizione
LM GTE PRO    Ford GT                       Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK
LM GTE PRO    Ford GT                       Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK
LM GTE PRO    Ford GT                       Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA
LM GTE PRO    Ford GT                       Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA
LM GTE PRO    Porsche 911 RSR               Porsche GT Team
LM GTE PRO    Porsche 911 RSR               Porsche GT Team
LM GTE PRO    Porsche 911 RSR               Porsche GT Team CORE
LM GTE PRO    Porsche 911 RSR               Porsche GT Team CORE
LM GTE PRO    Aston Martin Vantage GTE      Aston Martin Racing
LM GTE PRO    Aston Martin Vantage GTE      Aston Martin Racing
LM GTE PRO    BMW M8 GTE                    BMW Motorsports
LM GTE PRO    BMW M8 GTE                    BMW Motorsports
= 17x

LM GTE AM    Ferrari 488 GTE                Clearwater Racing AF Corse
LM GTE AM    Ferrari 488 GTE                JMW Motorsports
LM GTE AM    Ferrari 488 GTE                Keating Motorsports Risi Competizione
LM GTE AM    Ferrari 488 GTE                Krohn Racing AF Corse
LM GTE AM    Ferrari 488 GTE                MR Racing AF Corse
LM GTE AM    Ferrari 488 GTE                Spirit of Race AF Corse
LM GTE AM    Porsche 911 RSR                Dempsey-Proton Racing
LM GTE AM    Porsche 911 RSR                Ebimotors
LM GTE AM    Porsche 911 RSR                Gulf Racing UK
LM GTE AM    Porsche 911 RSR                Project 1
LM GTE AM    Porsche 911 RSR                Proton Racing
LM GTE AM    Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE    Beechdean AMR
LM GTE AM    Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE    TF Sport AMR
= 13x

RESERVE 01) LM P2    Ligier JS P217 Zytek   Eurasia Motorsports
RESERVE 02) LM GTEAM Porsche 911 RSR        Craft Bamboo Racing
RESERVE 03) LM P2    Oreca 07 Zytek         Manor TRS Racing
RESERVE 04) LM P2    Ligier JS P217 Zytek   ARC Bratislava
RESERVE 05) LM P2    Dallara P217 Zytek     High Class Racing
RESERVE 06) LM P2    Oreca 07 Zytek         Dragonspeed
RESERVE 07) LM P2    Oreca 07 Zytek         IDEC Sport Racing
RESERVE 08) LM P2    Dallara P217 Zytek     AFS
RESERVE 09) LM GTEAM Porsche 911 RSR        Proton Competition
RESERVE 10) LM P2    Oreca 07 Zytek         SPS Automotive

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I think it's closer than 75%.

Jota could be offered more than 2 slots. They'll get 2 from WEC, 1 from Le Mans last year, 1 from AsLMS and they could win AsLMS LMP3 as well. They could get up to 5. I'm not sure BBT will get an entry. KCMG may not get one if they don't win the LMP3 title. JMW could potentially take 2 entries as well.

Team FIST AAI will get a GTE-Am entry from the AsLMS GT title as well. Not sure the Riley will make the trip.
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I think it's closer than 75%.

Jota could be offered more than 2 slots. They'll get 2 from WEC, 1 from Le Mans last year, 1 from AsLMS and they could win AsLMS LMP3 as well. They could get up to 5. I'm not sure BBT will get an entry. KCMG may not get one if they don't win the LMP3 title. JMW could potentially take 2 entries as well.

Team FIST AAI will get a GTE-Am entry from the AsLMS GT title as well. Not sure the Riley will make the trip.
I'm pretty sure you can only "earn" maximum of two automatic invites per team nowadays. Maybe if they entered additional vehicles as 3rd/4th/5th/whatever entries they could get them in per the regular selection process if ACO wanted them but I don't think they'd automatically get through through any awards & participation per say. IMO if they have extras they'd be slotted to the reserves because of the grid limitations cause by GTE (sadly)

BBT maybe doing ELMS too so it probably shows commitment more than say Eurasia

I don't think JMW has the resources for two unless they linkup with AF Corse

Yes I forgot the ASLMS GT3 thing, on that list of mine I'd probably replace Project 1 or Krohn AF for that and put those either of those to reserve candidates

Not that I personally really care what teams are in GTE, but the split percentage they take from the prototypes is important...

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You can only earn a maximum of two, but remember that JCDC Jota have played the same game the manufacturers have - they have had different team names at different times, so technically they are different entries. So if the ACO continues to allow that loophole to remain open (that is, afterall why we get 4 Fords), then JCDC Jota could in theory get up to 5.

It'd be a bit crap to have teams fielding so many cars, but I guess if they allow manufacturers to do it then there's no reason to not allow privateers.

Last time I checked, AsLMS got 2 GT auto entries, which seems insane. But I'm not sure if that's changed. That'd be half, sometimes two thirds, of the AsLMS GT class getting an auto-invite. I know AsLMS isn't popular, but I do like it and even I find that silly.
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And the Manor LMP2 reserve in your list will be given an entry since they're likely to field it in WEC.
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You can only earn a maximum of two, but remember that JCDC Jota have played the same game the manufacturers have - they have had different team names at different times, so technically they are different entries. So if the ACO continues to allow that loophole to remain open (that is, afterall why we get 4 Fords), then JCDC Jota could in theory get up to 5.

It'd be a bit crap to have teams fielding so many cars, but I guess if they allow manufacturers to do it then there's no reason to not allow privateers.

Last time I checked, AsLMS got 2 GT auto entries, which seems insane. But I'm not sure if that's changed. That'd be half, sometimes two thirds, of the AsLMS GT class getting an auto-invite. I know AsLMS isn't popular, but I do like it and even I find that silly.
Yeah I know they can get around it they want, just that there's no mandate or even pressure in having them there. It's one thing to have fleet of admitted cars for full factory teams, but they're not really even "selected representatives" from the privateer constructor like the differently branded entities for say Oak Racing used to be (and to day still are) when they've entered armadas of vehicles under either clear or disguised names. Jota isn't run by Oreca nor even it's "chosen team", I think that falls more into Rebellion and to extent the rebadged fake Alpines. So in the end, it's a team which admittedly supports ACO a lot, but still a "minor player" in terms of being able to put in pressure for getting extra entries (assuming they'd even want them). That's why I think at best they'd get 3rd car at the bottom of reserves

I think the ASLMS GT auto entry goes only to one, thank god
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And the Manor LMP2 reserve in your list will be given an entry since they're likely to field it in WEC.
I actually had it sitting on the actual entry list while coming up with the names but then with the space filling up threw it out because thought it was going to ELMS for some reason, probably confused it being the same kind of deal as with Dragonspeed split

Anyway I think ACO said somewhere that only around 7-8 LMP2s would be admitted for full season WEC, because of the "must-be-equal LMP-GTE" split I still don't understand, so they could get shafted anyway and forced elsewhere and then likely to reserves. But yeah thanks
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I actually had it sitting on the actual entry list while coming up with the names but then with the space filling up threw it out because thought it was going to ELMS for some reason, probably confused it being the same kind of deal as with Dragonspeed split

Anyway I think ACO said somewhere that only around 7-8 LMP2s would be admitted for full season WEC, because of the "must-be-equal LMP-GTE" split I still don't understand, so they could get shafted anyway and forced elsewhere and then likely to reserves. But yeah thanks
Should be 8 if they reach entry capacity and they have 9 full-season LMP1 cars (apparently they managed to lift the full-season entry cap to 34).
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