As the 76th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans nears, the entry list for the twice-around-the-clock marathon is now complete. Late news broke yesterday that the Racing Box Lucchini would not be allowed to race, giving the No. 21 Epsilon Euskadi...
As the 76th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans nears, the entry list for the twice-around-the-clock marathon is now complete. Late news broke yesterday that the Racing Box Lucchini would not be allowed to race, giving the No. 21 Epsilon Euskadi Judd a spot in the French classic.
After the Test Day, it turned out that the Lucchini's chassis does not comply with the homologation done by the FIA in 2004. Lucchini provided documents prior to the test day saying the car did comply. However, the situation changed on June 6 when Mr. Lucchini informed the ACO that the certificate was no longer valid.
"A certificate could only be drawn up after an in-depth inspection of the car in the Lucchini workshops," an ACO document said.
This prompted the Stewards of the Meeting to grant the No. 21 Epsilon Euskadi Judd an entry to the race. The Spanish team's second car was on the reserve list and received the late call yesterday. Jean-Marc Gounon, Stefan Johannson and Shinji Nakano will pilot the LM P1 machine.
In other driver-related news, Marcel Fassler has been drafted into Team Oreca's line-up. The Swiss driver replaces Nicolas Lapierre, who has fallen ill to the flu. Fassler, who was the team's reserve driver, joins Olivier Panis and Simon Pagenaud in the No. 6 Courage-Oreca LC70 Judd.
The Krohn Racing/Risi Competizione Ferrari F430 GT is fully rebuilt following Tracy Krohn's accident at the test day. The chassis was a write-off and the car spent a few days at Ferrari's Michelotto factory for a rebuild.
"The damage from the accident is now nothing more than an unpleasant memory," Krohn, said. "We received the car back on Saturday and we are very confident for the session [today]. With all that rain and the difficult track conditions we encountered on June 1st, we were lacking dry track conditions during testing time like most of the teams."
Krohn will be joined by Nic Jonsson and Eric van de Poele in the No. 83 Ferrari, as the team hopes to repeat its second place finish in GT2 last year. The team's sister car of Jamie Melo, Mika Salo and Gianmaria Bruni netted the quickest time of the test day.
Another new chassis appearing on the track for the first time is the No. 7 Team Peugeot Total 908 HDi-FAP, which suffered a huge accident at the test day in the hands of Marc Gene. The Spaniard and the team appeared Tuesday at the administrative checks and scrutineering at Place de Jacobins with the new car. The car was shaken down on the local airport last night and is in good shape for qualifying.
Qualifying is next up on the agenda at Circuit de La Sarthe, with first of two four-hour sessions on Wednesday set for a 7:00 p.m. start.