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article imageACO announces entries for Le Mans 24 Hours race 2013

By Robert Myles     Feb 2, 2013 in Sports
Paris - In Paris yesterday, the organisers of the Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) released the list of entries for the 90th anniversary 2013 event and unveiled a new dedicated website for Le Mans 24 Hour race fans.
This year's 90th anniversary Le Mans 24 Hours race will be run over Circuit de la Sarthe at Le Mans during the weekend of June 22 and 23, 2013. Things have changed a lot in the past 90 years since the very first Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race was run over the lanes and byways in the Sarthe countryside around the city of Le Mans.
Nowadays, annually in June, nearly 250,000 motorsports fans from all over the world converge on Le Mans to witness the Greatest Race on Earth. Next June will be no exception as thousands head for Circuit de la Sarthe for the Le Mans weekend.
This year, as well as celebrating the 90th anniversary of the historic Le Mans event, the ACO unveiled a shiny new website dedicated to Le mans enthusiasts. The new website can be found at 24h-Lemans and provides motorsports fans with a wealth of information about the Le Mans 24 hours, with latest news, entries, tickets and merchandising.
The new website will also have portals to related Le Mans 24 hour events, the 24h-moto for motor cycle fans, 24-karting and the less well known but increasingly popular 24h-camions, the 24 Hours truck race at Le Mans.
The tried and trusted old website Lemans.org, will remain as the ACO’s official web presence covering driver training courses, driving schools, ACO boutiques and non-racing events at the Le Mans circuit.
Entries for Le Mans 24 Hours 2013
The main event of yesterday was the announcement of the full list of team entries for this year’s 90th anniversary Le Mans 24 Hours. In the LMP1 class there were few surprises with Audi returning with three entries piloted by André Lotterer, Marc Gene and the evergreen Tom Kristensen. Audi are returning looking to make it four in a row having been victorious at Le Mans in 2010, 2011 and 2013. Toyota Racing and Rebellion Racing will each have two cars on the starting grid with the remaining place being filled by Strakka Racing.
In the LMP2 class, 22 cars will be on the starting grid. The remainder of the field is made up of cars in the LM GTE Pro and Am categories, with the one additional experimental car in the shape of GreenGT Technologies H2 machine.
As expected and as reported earlier in Digital Journal, movie star Patrick Dempsey is on track to make his Le Mans debut. Dempsey Racing’s Porsche 911 GT3 RSR features amongst the list of entries in the LM GTE Am category.
British fans welcome back Anthony Davidson after horrific crash
British fans will be delighted to see the return of Anthony Davidson driving a Toyota TS030 Hybrid for Toyota Racing in the LMP1 class. As reported in the Washington Post, it was just seven months ago that Davidson suffered serious injuries, fracturing two vertebrae in an horrific incident at the 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours. Davidson has been continuing his recuperation in the US where he recently took part in the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
In the 2012 Le Mans event, Davidson had been sitting in third place when his Toyota was nudged by Piergiuseppe Perazzini in a Ferrari. Davidson’s car took flight before crashing to the ground and ramming into a tyre barrier.
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