The entry list for the 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans has been updated, now featuring 60 competitors across the four categories as opposed to the 62 initially planned.
The 88th edition of the historic race will run on September 19-20, due to the disruption of the COVID pandemic.
The penultimate round of the World Endurance Championship (WEC) will not only run with an estimated attendance of 50,000 spectators (unlike the estimated 250,000 last year), but will also run an adjusted schedule as the Le Mans race week will accomodate for the Road to Le Mans and the Porsche Carrera Cup supporter series’.
Procedures such as the parade, where fans typically get to see/meet the cars and the drivers, will not take place to the usual extent as social distancing (and further hygiene) precautions will be taken.
Toyota GAZOO Racing (TGR) has their #7 and #8 cars amongst the six overall LMP1 entrants, an equal low to the amount of LMP1 competitors in 2017 and featuring only one Ginetta entry.
This year will mark the final time an LMP1 (Hybrid) competitor will appear at Le Mans as the WEC prepares for the arrival of the Le Mans Hypercar in 2021; the following round at the 8 Hours of Bahrain (November) will be the final time the LMP1 car will compete on-track.
TGR are hoping to claim a third consecutive victory at Le Mans, making them eligible for the 24 Hours of Le Mans Grand Trophy which is awarded to those who have achieved three straight victories.
The all-female Richard Mille Racing Team are looking to fight for the win in LMP2 as they currently begin their endeavours in the European Le Mans Series, with F3 star Sophia Flörsch set for a Le Mans rookie debut.
The LM-GTE Pro will consist of 7 entries, with Porsche retrieving their IMSA GTLM cars to only enter their two existing WEC cars.
Corvette Racing will also not be making a Le Mans appearance for the first time in 20 years following the financial impact from COVID-19 that the team have encountered; this leaves Aston Martin, Ferrari and Porsche to battle it out for the win.
The LM-GTE Am category will feature the all-female ‘Iron Lynx’ entry in their Ferrari 488 GTE Evo.
The full entry list will ensure that fans will witness the action of multi-class racing, over 24 hours, at the iconic Circuit de la Sarthe.