The ACO has released the entry list for the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans. In what will be Corvette Racing’s final battle for GT1 glory at La Sarthe, the factory-backed Corvette C6.Rs will face off against two rival Aston Martin DBR9’s, two Lamborghini Murcielago’s and two other Corvette C6.R’s from privateer Luc Alphand Aventures.
Perhaps the biggest disappointment came a few weeks ago when the factory Aston Martin Racing team announced a move to a Lola Aston Martin LMP1, depriving the Corvette C6.Rs a final chance at retribution against the former GT1 class winners from the last two years. The two DBR9’s that will compete in GT1 this year come from Gigawave Motorsport and Jetalliance Racing.
The Eight GT1 Entries:
- #55 IPB Spartak Racing: Lamborghini Murcielago
- #60 Gigawave Motorsport: Aston Martin DBR9
- #63 Corvette Racing: Corvette C6.R
- #64 Corvette Racing: Corvette C6.R
- #66 Jetalliance Racing: Aston Martin DBR9
- #68 JLOC ISAO Noritake: Lamborghini Murcielago
- #72 Luc Alphand Aventures: Corvette C6.R
- #73 Luc Alphand Aventures: Corvette C6.R
* A Saleen S7R entered by Larbre Competition is on the reserve list
The ACO failed to deliver an invite to Lou Gigliotti’s #28 GT2 Corvette which according to Lou was the linchpin for funding their 2009 ALMS campaign. We’ll have to wait and see what the LG Motorsports/Riley Technologies plans will be for the American Le Mans series now that they know that Le Mans is no longer in the mix.
There are 14 entries in the GT2 category with a field that comprises nine Ferrari 430s. So a quick note to Pratt and Miller’s GT2 engineers – The Ferrari 430 is your obvious performance target so go get ’em! The Drayson Racing Aston Martin V8 Vantage will also be making its debut at Le Mans in GT2.
You can see the entire 55 car entry list at Crash.net
The 77th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans takes place June 13-14th.
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