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May 31st, 2014, 12:02 PM
Since Keith reminded me, here's a thread for LM this year. Porsche, Audi, Toyota, and for once Audi is not looking the strongest at the moment. A couple new prototypes, Rebellion R-One and Ligier JS P2, as well as a couple new prototypes that have dropped out of the race. They managed to burn through all 10 reserve entries, and even invite back a team that previously withdrew, and even after all of that it's not 100% certain that there will still be a 56 car field on race day.

Anyway, here's the full entry list as of now.

1 - Audi Sport Team Joest - Audi R18 e-tron quattro - di Grassi/Duval/Kristensen
2 - Audi Sport Team Joest - Audi R18 e-tron quattro - Treluyer/Fassler/Lotterer
3 - Audi Sport Team Joest - Audi R18 e-tron quattro - Alburquerque/Bonanomi/Jarvis
7 - Toyota Racing - Toyota TS040 Hybrid - Wurz/Sarrazin/Nakajima
8 - Toyota Racing - Toyota TS040 Hybrid - Davidson/Lapierre/Buemi
14 - Porsche Team - Porsche 919 Hybrid - Dumas/Jani/Lieb
20 - Porsche Team - Porsche 919 Hybrid - Bernhard/Webber/Hartley

12 - Rebellion Racing - Rebellion R-One-Toyota - Prost/Heidfeld/Beche
13 - Rebellion Racing - Rebellion R-One-Toyota - Kraihamer/Belicchi/Leimer

24 - Sebastien Loeb Racing - Oreca 03R-Nissan - Rast/Charouz/Capillaire
26 - G-Drive Racing - Morgan LMP2-Nissan - Rusinov/Pla/Canal
27 - SMP Racing - Oreca 03R-Nissan - Zlobin/Salo/A. Ladygin
29 - Pegasus Racing - Morgan LMP2-Nissan - Schell/Leutwiler/Roussel
33 - OAK Racing-Team Asia - Ligier JS P2-Honda - Cheng/Tung/Fong
34 - Race Performance - Oreca 03R-Judd - Frey/Mailleux/Loncaster
35 - OAK Racing - Ligier JS P2-Nissan - Brundle/Mardenborough/Shulzhitskiy
36 - Signatech Alpine - Alpine A450B-Nissan - Chatin/Panciatici/Webb
37 - SMP Racing - Oreca 03R-Nissan - K. Ladygin/Minassian/Mediani
38 - Jota Sport - Zytek Z11SN-Nissan - Dolan/Ticknell/Gene
41 - Greaves Motorsport - Zytek Z11SN-Nissan - Munemann/Latif/Winslow
42 - Caterham Racing - Zytek Z11SN-Nissan - Dyson/McMurry/Kimber-Smith
43 - Newblood by Morand Racing - Morgan LMP2-Judd - Klien/Hirsch/Brandela
46 - Thiriet by TDS Racing - Ligier JS P2-Nissan - Thiriet/Badey/Gommendy
47 - KCMG - Oreca 03R-Nissan - Howson/Bradley/Imperatori
48 - Murphy Prototypes - Oreca 03R-Nissan - Berthon/Gonzalez/Chandhok
50 - Larbre Competition - Morgan LMP2-Judd - Ragues/Ihara/R. Taylor

51 - AF Corse - Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 - Bruni/Vilander/Fisichella
52 - Ram Racing - Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 - Griffin/Parente/Leo
61 - AF Corse - Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 - Rigon/Calado/Beretta
73 - Corvette Racing - Chevrolet Corvette C7.R - Magnussen/Garcia/J. Taylor
74 - Corvette Racing - Chevrolet Corvette C7.R - Gavin/Milner/Westbrook
91 - Porsche Team Manthey - Porsche 911 RSR - Pilet/Bergmeister/Tandy
92 - Porsche Team Manthey - Porsche 911 RSR - Holzer/Makowiecki/Lietz
97 - Aston Martin Racing - Aston Martin Vantage GTE - Turner/Mucke/Senna
99 - Aston Martin Racing - Aston Martin Vantage GTE - Rees/O'Young/MacDowell

53 - Ram Racing - Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 - Mowlem/Patterson/Hamilton
57 - Krohn Racing - Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 - Krohn/Jonsson/Collins
58 - Team SOFREV-ASP - Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 - Barthez/Pons/Ayari
60 - AF Corse - Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 - Mann/Case/Gianmaria
61 - AF Corse - Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 - Companc/Cioci/Venturi
62 - AF Corse - Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 - Mollegol/Bachelier/Blank
66 - JMW Motorsport - Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 - Al-Faisal/Neiman/Pumpelly
67 - IMSA Performance Matmut - Porsche 911 GT3-RSR - Maris/Merlin/Helary
70 - Team Taisan - Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 - Rossiter/Ehret/Rich
72 - SMP Racing - Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 - Bertolini/Shaitar/Basov
75 - Prospeed Competition - Porsche 911 GT3-RSR - Perrado/Collard/Palttala
76 - IMSA Performance Matmut - Porsche 911 GT3-RSR - Narac/Armindo/Hallyday
77 - Dempsey Racing-Proton - Porsche 911 RSR - Dempsey/Foster/Long
79 - Prospeed Competition - Porsche 911 GT3-RSR - MacNeil/Curtis/Bleekemolen
81 - AF Corse - Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 - Wyatt/Rugolo/Bird
88 - Proton Competition - Porsche 911 RSR - Ried/Bachler/Al Qubaisi
90 - 8 Star Motorsports - Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 - Montecalvo/Roda/Ruberti
95 - Aston Martin Racing - Aston Martin Vantage GTE - Poulsen/Hansson/Thiim
98 - Aston Martin Racing - Aston Martin Vantage GTE - Dalla Lana/Lamy/Nygaard

Garage 56
0 - Nissan Motorsports Global - Nissan ZEOD RC - Ordonez/Reip/Motoyama

I don't have any TV listings at the moment because FOX's schedule only goes 1 week into the future, but from everything that's been discussed, all 24 hours will be broadcast, just not entirely sure if all of that will be on television or not. Likely split between FOX Sports 1 and 2 though.

Americans are a bit depleted this year with no Risi, no Vipers, and no Level 5 going to Europe. However American teams have joined up with some existing entries: Flying Lizard is working with the JMW Ferrari, while Alex Job Racing has taken over the #79 Prospeed Porsche. Dyson is working with Greaves on the #42 Caterham LMP2, and Ricky Taylor has also jumped into the Larbre LMP2.

May 31st, 2014, 01:27 PM
hmmmm.... Should be a good watch.

May 31st, 2014, 01:57 PM
No Heitkotter, no care. :p :finger:


edit: particularly since Mardenborough is racing with Brundle. Nissan USA really needs to pull their finger out. :|

Freude am Fahren
May 31st, 2014, 02:03 PM
Porsche 919 legality problems (http://www.racecar-engineering.com/news/porsche-919-legality-questioned-at-le-mans/)

May 31st, 2014, 03:46 PM
So, are we taking sides in this?
I will.

. LMP1-H
Porsche - hopefully they will race.
(I'm ok with Toyota too)

. LMP1-L & LMP2
Honestly I do not care. I hope italians in there do well.

AF Corse

AF Corse
Pumpelly ( :D )

Is Dempsey the actor? If it is... then him too, just for laughs.

May 31st, 2014, 04:09 PM
Yeah, that's Patrick Dempsey. :)

Freude am Fahren
May 31st, 2014, 04:39 PM
I'm gonna go with Rebellion in LMP1-L :)


May 31st, 2014, 08:56 PM
Corvette in GTE Pro

June 1st, 2014, 04:30 AM
Corvette in GTE Pro
What he said.

June 2nd, 2014, 10:47 AM

June 5th, 2014, 11:05 AM
Alright, FOX has published their television schedule. 22.5 hours of coverage on Fox Sports 1 and 2, and all 24 hours of coverage on http://www.foxsportsgo.com/ which requires you to sign on through your local provider, although it appears they do not have every provider (no DirecTV or DishNetwork). FoxSportsGO is also available for iOS so you can stream from the app.

Saturday, June 14 – 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM (FOX Sports 1)
Saturday, June 14 – 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (FOX Sports 2)
Saturday, June 14 – 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM (No television coverage, only available on FOX Sports GO)
Saturday, June 14 – 6:30 PM to 1:00 AM (FOX Sports 2)
Sunday, June 15 – 1:00 AM to 7:30 AM (FOX Sports 1)
Sunday, June 15 – 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM (FOX Sports 2)

June 6th, 2014, 09:06 AM

June 7th, 2014, 07:50 AM
And Millennium Racing withdraws for the second time. Down to 55 cars for the race now. The claim is that their funding wont show up "until next week".

June 7th, 2014, 08:45 AM

June 7th, 2014, 05:33 PM
I've been listening to Radio Le Mans' Midweek Motorsports this year since I realized last year just how good WEC was getting and, especially with the return of Porsche in LMP1, how good it would be this year. They've got three preview episodes up now with Hindy and Graham from Daily SportsCar (I listen via their feed on the iOS Podcast app, I'm sure there's other ways to single out those episodes from the RLM feed) -- one on GTE Pro and Am, one on LMP2, and one on LMP1 that I still haven't gotten to quite yet. I'm getting really excited -- I'm always excited for Le Mans, but this year promises to be a classic in the making.

And yeah, Dempsey is the actor...but he's in the Paul Newman camp where racing is something he really loves and throws his passion into. He's been racing in Grand-Am for a number of years, but is finally out of the tube frame nonsense and back into a 'proper' GT car. He's exactly the kind of guy we'd all love to be -- have plenty of money from work to throw at the racing hobby :D

I think Toyota's gotta be the favorites for overall right now. Audi has experience but they seem to have gambled and missed on the best combination of power train, Porsche is still inexperienced, but Toyota has learned from the last two years and have the right tool for Le Mans. A comment from RLM that still stands out to me is that Porsche this year and Toyota their first year tried to build something very jewel-like -- a LMP that was done like a Formula 1 car from the sense that the tolerances and parts were all machined to within an inch of their lives. However, Le Mans and endurance racing requires less of that and more reliability and simplicity, and while Porsche seems to lack that, Toyota have built that into their design. It's amazing that one of the cars at Silverstone was still super quick despite being shuffled into a fuel-saving mode for part of the race.

June 7th, 2014, 05:34 PM
also, Free CudaMan. I guarantee he's not getting the same love as the other GT Academy prospects because he doesn't fit what they're looking for -- early 20s, namely. Nissan USA not being as involved also hurts, but c'mon man...he's quick, get a couple P2s over in TUSC already!

June 7th, 2014, 06:24 PM
He's got sweet hair now--they totally need to play that up. ;)



June 7th, 2014, 09:27 PM
Nissan is going LMP1 next year, they're going to need some new drivers. ;)

Alan P
June 8th, 2014, 01:53 PM
Those downshifts on the Ferrari sound lovely and how 'otherworldly' do the Toyota's and Audi's sound?

June 10th, 2014, 11:49 PM

Yobbo NZ
June 11th, 2014, 12:24 AM
Only one kiwi to follow this year,makes it a bit easier to keep track of him.

June 11th, 2014, 07:12 AM
Well that's not gone well... :(


June 11th, 2014, 10:37 AM
Ouch. Thankful that signs point to Duval's recovery.

Freude am Fahren
June 11th, 2014, 03:36 PM
Yeah, reports I saw were a cut on the neck from seatbelts, and a more serious flesh wound to the leg. He's definitely out for the race, Marc Gene in, the Audi is being repaired/replaced. New tub needed.

June 11th, 2014, 07:11 PM

Sorry, but I couldn't miss the chance...

Glad to hear that it appears he should be OK.

June 12th, 2014, 04:33 AM
Holy god that Audi exploded. It's absolutely amazing that he's survived with such minor injuries, jeeeeez.

Oh and I want to see another pic or two from this angle too: http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/114410

June 12th, 2014, 08:45 AM
And now down one Aston Martin as well, the #99 has been withdrawn due to too much damage. 54 cars for the race.

Freude am Fahren
June 12th, 2014, 04:41 PM
Lots of carnage in quali, it would seem.

The #1 went off in Indianapolis and caused a huge wreck when limping it back the pits. Reminded me if he driving I see down here in south Florida.


Yobbo NZ
June 12th, 2014, 07:20 PM
Surely there would have been white flags waved?
That Toyota? was going way too fast to avoid anything moving slowly.The Audi moved,he pulled left off the race line when he saw that car coming,far too fast.

June 12th, 2014, 07:29 PM
Well the pit entrance was on the Audi's right, so there was no reason he needed to turn left, so the LMP2 car should have been fine. I think the Audi driver was just going a quick wiggle of the car to check the suspension before he came into the pits to warn the crew.

June 12th, 2014, 07:45 PM

June 13th, 2014, 09:40 AM
Irresponsible driving by the Audi driver, it seems to me.

June 14th, 2014, 04:42 AM
Let me know if anyone needs access to the GTXF Hangout to talk about the race.

June 14th, 2014, 04:44 PM
Loving the GTE battle right now between the Corvette and the Ferrari for #2. Vette has the edge in the faster corners but Ferrari pulls him in in the tighter stuff.

G'day Mate
June 14th, 2014, 04:51 PM
I can't see that on the stream I'm watching but the commentators are talking about it. I'm watching through the official stream I think - are there other streams?

June 14th, 2014, 05:02 PM
If you can get it to work, this is the best stream possible. Official feed and no commercials in HD. I recommend using VLC Player.


G'day Mate
June 14th, 2014, 05:07 PM
Sweet, it works, thanks :D

G'day Mate
June 14th, 2014, 05:08 PM
Wait, it stopped working, hmmm ...

G'day Mate
June 14th, 2014, 05:12 PM
Nup, no good. Had it for about two seconds but now nothing

June 14th, 2014, 05:20 PM
That's the link we've been spreading in the GTXF Hangout, I was just about to post it here as well. I had it working in VLC, and now I'm watching it on the Wii U, been going strong for over an hour. Vince pulled it up on his phone, I think Blerp is watching on his tablet and Nate is doing some kind of media server thing to his PS3.

June 14th, 2014, 05:25 PM
I had two links for Eurosports' stream but they don't appear to be working anymore. They also apparently had a ton of commercials.

G'day Mate
June 14th, 2014, 05:34 PM
Works on iPhone :up:

G'day Mate
June 14th, 2014, 05:42 PM
Oh man, is the bloody Nissan out already?

June 14th, 2014, 05:43 PM
The ZEOD? It only lasted 5 laps.

G'day Mate
June 14th, 2014, 05:47 PM
Yeah that thing. It's cool how something like that can enter a race like Le Mans. Did it crash?

G'day Mate
June 14th, 2014, 05:49 PM
Where's the hangout anyway?

June 14th, 2014, 05:54 PM
If you have a Gmail, PM it to me and I'll invite you.

Yobbo NZ
June 15th, 2014, 12:29 AM
Come on Brendon and the Porsche!

G'day Mate
June 15th, 2014, 03:23 AM

Yobbo NZ
June 15th, 2014, 04:06 AM
Was looking good there for a while.

G'day Mate
June 15th, 2014, 05:50 AM

June 15th, 2014, 09:22 AM
The ZEOD ate it's transmission, but did manage a complete electric lap at 300kmh

June 15th, 2014, 10:06 AM
Corvette takes second place.

Not bad for a brand new chassis.

Freude am Fahren
June 15th, 2014, 11:02 AM
All Danish line-up in an Aston won GT-Am. Awesome. :up:

June 15th, 2014, 09:12 PM
Bummed that Toyota couldn't pull it off, they really had that one in hand, and besides the failure on the 7, they had very few mechnical issues compared to the Audis and Porsches. Would have been nice to see the Porsche win when they got the lead, but it was clear they were way off the pace anyway, so Audi would have caught them no matter what. Seems so difficult to stop that Audi luck.

Also bummed that Aston Martin couldn't keep it going in LMGTE Pro. Obviously the power steering is an issue, but at least it didn't hit the 95 car.

Would have been awesome to see the Ligier with Mardenborough and Shulzhitsky win LMP2, especially since the Ligier hasn't had a single race lap before. All three of them finished in the top seven in class.

Also a shame the Nissan was taken out by an issue unrelated to the hybrid drivetrain. Similar to the DeltaWing being the innocent bystander and getting punted.

June 16th, 2014, 05:44 AM
What was the ZEOD's problem?


Several good pictures there, including a couple of sentimental favorites:

The team


The Pros


June 16th, 2014, 06:14 AM
Just saw the ZEOD had a gearbox failure. Bummer.

June 16th, 2014, 06:29 AM
Anyone know if the mirrors on the 458 are for aero purposes. Look at the design compared to stock and the other GTE Pro cars.

And yeah, the C7R is sexy.

June 16th, 2014, 06:33 AM
I've seen that kind of mirror mount before, it's to allow clean air passing along the bodywork through to the vents IIRC. What were they on...

June 16th, 2014, 06:41 AM
The McLaren P1's are similar


But I thought I had seen some just like that...it's not on any of the other recent Ferraris.

Edit: IndyCars, as well: http://www.sportstalkflorida.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Scott-Dixon-pic-st.pete_.jpg

June 16th, 2014, 07:09 AM
Right, I just hadn't noticed them before and their car looks like they use is more aero based than the others even which you posted. The mirror attaches below the height of the fender. That must supply better aero on the back half of the car.

June 16th, 2014, 07:30 AM
Yeah. I'm *sure* I saw that somewhere. I have no idea where now that I have checked the usual suspects.

June 16th, 2014, 07:33 AM


Toyota TF-1!


June 16th, 2014, 09:24 AM
I find it a little odd that I can't find pictures of the stuffed animals sitting on the barriers at the Mulsanne chicanes.

June 16th, 2014, 10:31 AM
To he fair, the majority of the Mulsannes isnt open to spectators, so theres not a lot of cameras in that area.

June 16th, 2014, 10:40 AM
I just figured it would have been screen capped, or one of the press people would be "hey, these are cool" and gotten a picture. I should have done the screen cap part myself :-/

June 16th, 2014, 10:49 AM
I think I saw a screencap somewhere but I dont recall where.

Freude am Fahren
June 16th, 2014, 05:32 PM
Here you go. Poor quality (TiVo to ipad download of the FS2 SD feed).


I already deleted the HD finish from my DVR.

June 16th, 2014, 06:15 PM
Better than nothing :up:

June 16th, 2014, 11:08 PM

June 17th, 2014, 01:32 AM

ahhhh that's awesome :)

June 17th, 2014, 05:34 AM
You are the man, Blerp :)

June 17th, 2014, 07:01 AM
That good sir, is awesome.

June 17th, 2014, 12:47 PM
And surprisingly they lasted the whole race. The Turn 10 badge is a reference to the gang at Sebring, so I imagine there may have been a US corner worker there.

Freude am Fahren
June 17th, 2014, 03:20 PM
:up: I didn't even notice them until the last lap. I thought they were just for the end of the race.

G'day Mate
June 17th, 2014, 04:09 PM
Hah that's cool