Eleven Prancing Horses
Out of the record 62 Le Mans entries, 11 will be Ferrari. Yes, you read it well. Horse power all over the place!
When it comes to LM GTE Pro category for the professional drivers, there are three entries. The two AF Corse #51 (the reigning champions James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi) and #71 cars, and the Risi Competizione #89. If those AF Corse ‘frequent flyers’ are well known at the WEC, Risi got the #89 a top super duper lineup for Le Mans: Jules Gounon, Oliver Jarvis and Pipo Derani.
I just can’t wait to see all these guys racing at le Mans!
The LM GTE Am category will have eight 488 GTEs competing on the 13,626 metres of the legendary French circuit.
Spirit of Race (Giancarlo Fisichella, Thomas Flohr and Francesco Castellacci)
Clearwater Racing (Luis Perez Companc, Matthew Griffin and Matteo Cressoni)
The Japanese MR Racing (Motoaki Ishikawa, Olivier Beretta and Eddie Cheever)
Car Guy Racing (winner of the Asian Le Mans Series, will race with Côme Ledogar, Kei Cozzolino and Takeshi Kimura)
WeatherTech Racing (fastest in the pre-race test session, driven by Cooper MacNeil, Toni Vilander, Robert Smith)
JMW Motorsport (with a very cool livery and set to be driven by Jeffrey Segal, Rodrigo ‘Bentley K-Pax’ Baptista and Wei Lu)
Kessel Racing #60 (same crew taking part to the European Le Mans Series, Claudio Schiavoni, Sergio Pianezzola and Andrea Piccini) and #83 sees an all-female crew of Manuela Gostner, Rahel Frey and Michelle Gatting – The Iron Dames!
Still about Kessel’s Iron Dames, if you don’t know, the first and only previous female crew to drive the 24 Hours at the wheel of a Ferrari did so in 1951 when Betty Haig and Yvonne Simon crossed the line in 15th place in a 166 MM Berlinetta. Let’s hope for a fantastic race for these brave ones! As a woman I couldn’t be happier to see these girls behind the wheel.
The iconic race week of the 24 Hours of Le Mans is officially opened on Sunday, the 9th of June with the technical scrutineering and the usual ‘pesage’ ceremony at Place de la République, downtown Le Mans.
Which Ferrari is your favorite? My list is a wee long, no need to talk about it. 😅
Photo & Source: Ferrari Newsroom