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LMC - 05/03/2020 - Jeff CARTER
GT3: Ferrari v Mercedes v Bentley
The GT3 grid will consist of 11 cars, with Bentley, Ferrari and Mercedes the three manufacturers represented. Reigning team champions Kessel Racing will enter three Ferrari 488 GT3s, while reigning drivers champion Giacomo Piccini will race a Ferrari for the new Iron Lynx team, which will be managed by his fellow champion Sergio Pianezzola. Piccini will be joined by Italian driver Rino Mastronardi. Iron Lynx will run two other 488 GT3 including the n°9 for an all-female line up of Michelle Gatting and Deborah Mayer.
Spirit of Race will run a single Ferrari for Matteo Cressoni and Ken Abe.
ELMS LMP2 championship winning team IDEC Sport will enter a Mercedes AMG GT3 for Patrice Lafargue and Dimitri Enjalbert, while SPS Automotive Performance return with their distinctive Mercedes AMG driven by Dexter Muller and Yannick Mettler.
The Bentley Continental GT3 will be a feature of the 2020 grid for the first time with Spanish team Bullitt Racing running the car for Stephen Pattrick and Romain Monti.
LMP3: DKR to defend Triple Crown
Three-time championship winning team DKR Engineering are back to try and win a fourth consecutive title. Jean Glorieux, 2017 champion, will be at the wheel of the n°3 Duqueine M30-D08 and will face some strong opposition from the rest of the 17 strong LMP3 grid.
British team Nielsen Racing return with a two-car entry, the no7 Duqueine M30-D08-Nissan for race winners Tony Wells and Colin Noble. United Autosports will also return with a full complement of three Ligiers, while Spanish team CD Sport and Swiss outfit Cool Racing will run two Ligiers each.
Reigning ELMS LMP2 champions IDEC Sport will add an LMP3 entry to its GT3 car in the Michelin Le Mans Cup, while Belgian team Motorsport98 also return with a single Ligier for Dino Lunardi and Eric De Doncker.
As well as DKR Engineering and Nielsen Racing, the new Duqueine M30-D08 will be raced by Racing Experience, Grainmarket Racing and Mühlner Motorsport.
Matthieu Bonardel, Head of Michelin Motorsport: “Michelin is the partner of the ACO and title sponsor of this series since its creation 5 years ago. The Michelin Le Mans Cup allows amateur and semi-professional drivers to reach the world of Endurance. The discovery of new talent is really important for Michelin to ensure the future of Motorsport.
“Through this championship, the drivers discover not only the Michelin tyres, their performance and their consistency, but also how to take advantage of it during the qualification and the race thanks to the Michelin staff. This allows all the drivers to show their driving skills at all rounds of the Michelin Le Mans Cup. Those performances and this consistency are the DNA of the Michelin tyres, characteristics that the drivers will find in all our tyres made for Endurance up to the World Championship.”
Gérard Neveu, CEO of the Michelin Le Mans Cup: “We are pleased to see a very strong grid of 29 cars for the 2020 Michelin Le Mans Cup season. When we look at the high-quality teams and drivers that will compete this season, we can be sure that each one will have to work very hard to win the titles at the end of the season.
“You only have to look at the drivers who started in the Michelin Le Mans Cup and are now racing, and winning, in the ELMS, the WEC and even at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This more than underlines the importance of providing an entry level to endurance racing and I would like to acknowledge Michelin for their ongoing support of the Le Mans Cup."
CLICK HERE to view the provisional entry list for the 2020 Michelin Le Mans Cup
CLICK HERE for the 2020 calendar
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> 2020 Michelin Le Mans Cup provisional revised schedule - Le 03/04/2020 à 16:30
> Road To Le Mans: Change of dates - Le 18/03/2020 à 18:22
> Together we are stronger - Le 17/03/2020 à 18:04
> Postponement of the Barcelona and Monza Events - Le 13/03/2020 à 17:11
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