• Feb 26th 2009 at 12:59PM
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Plenty of teams have dropped out racing series around the world this year as economic problems have caused sponsors to pull back. So far, it looks like the 24 Hours of Le Mans has managed to remain relatively immune as the Automobile Club de l'Ouest received 82 entries for the 55 openings for this years race. The top LMP1 class is set to be another battle royal with 12 factory supported entries from Audi, Peugeot and Aston Martin. Peugeot will be trying to finally win Le Mans and has increased its squad to four by entrusting one of the 908s to the Pescarolo Sport team. Audi will have three of its new R15 TDIs and two of the old R10s which will be run by the Kolles team.

In the P2 field, a trio of Porsche RS Spyders with will be leading the way along with an assortment of Lolas, Zytek and Radical prototypes. In GT1, the factory Chevrolet Corvette C6R will make its final trip to Le Mans before being replaced by a new GT2 car. The GT1 field will be filled out with pairs of private Chevys, Aston Martins and Lamborghinis. Finally, the GT2 class is mostly Ferrari F430s with a few Porsches, and an Aston Martin and a Spyker. The festivities get under way on June 10. Check out the full entry list here.

[Source: LeMans.org]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      "Peugeot will be trying to finally win Le Mans "

      What happened in '92 and '93 then?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why must they retain this 55 cars thing? It's a gigantic track, and it can't be that hard to expand the pit lane...
        • 6 Years Ago
        They did expand the pitlane by 6 stalls I thought. It was done this year or next I thought.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Audi Wants to take it hard to the Frenchies this year, 5 Audi TDI's out in circuit de la sarthe. Should be interesting, I'm calling it Audi 1-2-3-4-5. :P
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Israel Llamas
        I am a huge Audi fan, but i got to say the R10s were outpaced last year. Audi won because of the experience of the team and certain design advantages. This year will be 2 proven, but slow cars with 3 faster new cars. I hope they are just as reliable as the R10s. Never the less a 1-2-3-4-5 is possible, but 1-2-3 for the R15s will do.
      • 6 Years Ago
      After bad mouthing the diesels for how many years Henri Pescarolo is running a 908. If you can't beat them join them, I guess.

      Also with the petrol cars getting a restrictor break its strange that Dome is not participating.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The P1 list is amazing. Should be such an awesome race upfront.
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