The final entry list for the 24 Hours of Le Mans has been published by the ACO, with Corvette Racing’s two entries now confirmed for the annual endurance classic.
The team will return to France this June with an identical lineup to last year. Behind the wheel of the No. 63 Corvette C7.R will be Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia and Mike Rockenfeller, while the No. 64 Corvette C7.R will be piloted by Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Marcel Fassler.
Corvette Racing will face stiff competition from BMW, Ford, Ferrari, Porsche and Aston Martin in the GTE Pro Class this year. Ford has once again brought along four Ford GTs (two from Chip Ganassi Racing Team USA and two from the UK team), while Porsche GT Team also has four 911 GTE entries. There are also three Ferrari 488 GTE Evo entries in class, two for AF Corse and a third for Risi Competizione, two Aston Martin Vantage GTEs and two BMW M8 GTEs.
The car to look out for in class may be the No. 92 Porsche 911, which won GTE Pro last year and returns for 2019 with an unchanged driver lineup consisting of Michael Christensen, Kevin Estre and Laurens Vanthoor.
Le Mans race organizers published the preliminary entry list for the race last month, which only consisted of the auto-invite cars and the full-season FIA World Endurance Championship contenders. This full entry list includes cars that were accepted from IMSA and the Asian and European Le Mans Series. The initial list featured 42 entries and this revised version adds an additional 18 for a total of 60 cars confirmed. There are also 10 cars on the reserve list.
This year’s running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans will be the last for Chevy’s Corvette C7.R. Corvette Racing is expected to switch to the new mid-engine Corvette C8.R platform for the 2020 racing season, which should help Chevrolet bring the fight to more up-to-date GTE entries like the Ford, Ferrari and Porsche.
The 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans is scheduled for Saturday, June 15th.