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Old 2 Nov 2018, 19:00 (Ref:3860608)   #1
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Le Mans Entry List 2019 (and entry list speculation)

Graham's analysis of what we know so far:

http://www.dailysportscar.com/2018/1...-the-list.html

Not many places up for grabs for those without an auto invite...
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Will they even bother with the February ACO press conference this year, considering we already know majority of the field and there aren't new cars coming up in any of the classes

Now, assuming we are scratching Riley and Ginetta (?) out of the chassis equation, the number of chassis mfgs will shrink to 11 which is not a proud number in contrast to history books. And regardless of Ginetta showing up or not the engines will go to 10 with the AER switch
https://tentenths.com/forum/showpost...&postcount=198

At the start of the year I had initially hoped for more customer chassis growth in LMP1 by the time Sebring comes by. But it now seems that the LMGTP push-in has wrecked any chances of that going anywhere and we're stuck with what we have, or even less, for both 2019 and 2020... not that the (likely to be resumed) built-in-hybrid-advantage and shambles of non-Oreca manufacturers have helped either. And finally it doesn't seem as Oreca has particular hurry in supplying anyone else other than Rebellion still

I still strongly dislike the 'even-split' proto-GT concept, I mean yes the spec cartel LMP2s aren't the most interesting in the world, but the other option... zzzzzzzzzzzz. Well at least some of the regional auto invites have been transformed more into prototype entities rather than GTE(-AM)

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What week will the press conference be?

Are there significantly less unknowns than normal? I think my question is what is normal?
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Will they even bother with the February ACO press conference this year, considering we already know majority of the field and there aren't new cars coming up in any of the classes

Now, assuming we are scratching Riley and Ginetta (?) out of the chassis equation, the number of chassis mfgs will shrink to 11 which is not a proud number in contrast to history books. And regardless of Ginetta showing up or not the engines will go to 10 with the AER switch
https://tentenths.com/forum/showpost...&postcount=198

At the start of the year I had initially hoped for more customer chassis growth in LMP1 by the time Sebring comes by. But it now seems that the LMGTP push-in has wrecked any chances of that going anywhere and we're stuck with what we have, or even less, for both 2019 and 2020... not that the (likely to be resumed) built-in-hybrid-advantage and shambles of non-Oreca manufacturers have helped either. And finally it doesn't seem as Oreca has particular hurry in supplying anyone else other than Rebellion still

I still strongly dislike the 'even-split' proto-GT concept, I mean yes the spec cartel LMP2s aren't the most interesting in the world, but the other option... zzzzzzzzzzzz. Well at least some of the regional auto invites have been transformed more into prototype entities rather than GTE(-AM)

GT's should get about 35 of the entries. I find it interesting that Graham is speculating that the ENTIRE Imsa GTLM grid could be at Le Mans in 2019 including the R.L.L BMWs.
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Why 35? If it's an even split it can't be more than 30.
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I can't see any reason for 35 GTs either.
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It's a strange one as the lack of options/surprise does remove a bit of the excitement for next year. But in reality you can normally guess over 75% of the entry list each year.
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The main guesswork will probably be around the drivers of the non-WEC entries, especially the juicy auto entries which are worth rather more than the hopefuls.
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The main guesswork will probably be around the drivers of the non-WEC entries, especially the juicy auto entries which are worth rather more than the hopefuls.
Would be cool to see the entire IMSA GTLM grid there in 2019.
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