The Entry List for the 8th edition of the Michelin Le Mans Cup will see 42 cars line up for the season opener at Barcelona in April. There will be 30 LMP3 and 12 GT3 entries, with the H24 Racing hydrogen powered prototype also continuing its race development programme at selected Michelin Le Mans Cup races in 2023.
The LMP3 grid will feature some familiar teams and some new teams. All of the championship winning teams will be on the grid, with reigning champions Racing Spirit of Leman return to defend their title with a single car entry in LMP3 for the Swiss team. 2021 champions Nielsen Racing and four-time championship winning team DKR Engineering will both be on the grid in 2023 with a two-car entry for Nielsen and a single Duqueine M30 for DKR.
2022 race winners Cool Racing and Graff Racing also return to challenge for the coveted title, as do United Autosports, CD Sport, Team Virage, IDEC Sport, 24-7 Motorsport, MV2S Racing, Rinaldi Racing, Team Thor, Haegeli by T2 Racing, Frikadelli Racing Team, ANS Motorsport and 360 Racing. French team M Racing will also return to the MLMC after last competing in the series in 2018.
European Le Mans Series race winners Inter Europol Competition will make their MLMC debut in 2023, the Polish team entering three cars. Another familiar name from the ELMS is Murphy Prototypes, the Irish team returning to ACO rules racing 10 years since they won the 3 Hours of Le Castellet in 2013.
The GT3 grid will once again see a mouth-watering field of GT machinery, with 12 cars due to be on the grid for Round 1 in Spain. Reigning champions GMB Motorsport return with a pair of Honda NSXs, with AF Corse fielding a pair of the new Ferrari 296 GT3s.
Reigning MLMC LMP3 champions Racing Spirit of Leman will also compete in the GT3 category with an Aston Martin Vantage GT3.
2020 and 2021 champions Iron Lynx will return after a year away last season, the Italian team switching to a Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO2.
After participating in the Road to Le Mans last season, Leipert Motorsport will enter a pair of Lamborghini Huracans for their first full season in the MLMC. British outfit Team Parker Racing also made their MLMC debut in Portimao last season and will enter a pair of Porsche 911 GT3 Rs for the 2023 season.
British GT4 Champions Steller Motorsport will also make their MLMC debut in Spain, the British team entering an Audi R8 LMS.
The final entry is a name that followers of endurance will be familiar with. High Class Racing will also enter a Porsche 911 under the team name ‘HCR with Caffeinesix’.
Frédéric Lequien, Le Mans Endurance Management (LMEM) CEO: "We are extremely pleased to see the Michelin Le Mans Cup grid full again, and it will be an incredible sight to see 42 cars take to the track in Barcelona in April. It is also fantastic to see a larger GT3 grid this season, with an incredible array of cars from Aston Martin, Audi, Ferrari, Honda, Lamborghini, and Porsche. The Michelin Le Mans Cup is an important step on the endurance racing ladder, which many of the new crop of young talented drivers now racing in the FIA WEC and European Le Mans Series have established themselves in. It’s going to be an incredible festival of endurance racing at each and every round in 2023; we hope you will be able to join us."
Pierre Fillon, Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) President: "A record-breaking grid awaits endurance enthusiasts in the new Michelin Le Mans Cup season. The 42 competitors will be able to increase their experience on six of Europe's most beautiful circuits in five different countries. This series is essential for the Automobile Club de l'Ouest and forms the base of the endurance racing pyramid. I wish all competitors a great season!"
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