Thirteen teams automatically selected for the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours

Taking into account the results of the 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours as well as those of the FIA World Endurance Championship, the European Le Mans Series and the American Le Mans Series, thirteen teams have won invitations to take part in qualifying practice for the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours, which represent a maximum of 16 cars out of the 55 places on the grid for the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours.

The following teams have been awarded this much sought-after invitation.

One invitation for:
Starworks Motorsport: LM P2 category winner in the Le Mans 24 Hours. An invitation in LM P2.
Larbre Comp├ętition: LM GTE Am category winner in the Le Mans 24 Hours. Invitation in LM GTE Am.
Thiriet by TDS Racing: European Le Mans Series LM P2 winner. Invitation in LM P2.
OAK Racing: 2nd European Le Mans Series LM P2. Invitation in LM P2.
JMW Motorsport: European Le Mans Series LM GTE Pro winner. Invitation in LM GTE Pro.
JMB Racing: 2nd European Le Mans Series LM GTE Pro. Invitation in LM GTE Pro.
IMSA Performance Matmut: European Le Mans Series LM GTE Am winner. Invitation in LM GTE Am.
Boutsen Ginion Racing: European Le Mans Series LM PC winner. Invitation in LM P2.
Conquest Racing: designated by the American Le Mans Series. Invitation in LM P2.
Level 5 Motorosports: designated the American Le Mans Series. Invitation in LM P2.
Extreme Speed Motorsport: designated by the American Le Mans Series. Invitation in LM GTE (this entrant can choose between GTE Pro and GTE Am.).

Two invitations for:
Audi Sport Team Joest: winner in the LM P1 category in the Le Mans 24 Hours and winner of the Michelin Green X Challenge in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Two invitations in LM P1.

Three invitations for:
AF Corse: winner in LM GTE Pro in the Le Mans 24 Hours, second in the European Le Mans Series in LM GTE Am and winner of the Michelin Green X Challenge in the FIA World Endurance Championship. This gives one invitation in LM GTE Pro and one in LM GTE Am: for the third the entrant can choose between GTE Pro and GTE Am.

To validate these invitations the teams in question must enter for the 2013 Le Mans 24 hours, and in 2013 they must enter for at least one of the following championships: the FIA World Endurance Championship, the European Le Mans Series, American Le Mans Series or the Asian Le Mans Series.

The complete list of entries for the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours and FIA World Endurance Championship will be announced on Thursday 31st January 2013 in Paris.

11 thoughts on “Thirteen teams automatically selected for the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours”

  1. Aaron says:

    I am stunned. Team Corvette was not auto invited? Are you crazy? #fearJake

  2. Harry fenton says:

    Nothing earth shattering there, the real excitement comes on the 31st of jan!

  3. kai says:

    where are the Rebellion guys??

    for me the aco is just respectless…

  4. kw says:

    Good for nothing. The only relevant thing will be the entry list coming in January and the fact who is then “in” and who is on the “waiting list”.
    @kai: Rebellion has won the LMP1 private teams trophy in the 2012 WEC, but that obviously doesn’t mean an automatical entrance.
    The funniest thing here is that winning the ELMS LMP-C category leads to an invitation in LMP2… (consequently, the winning team of the GTC class in ALMS should get an entrance for GTE-Pro — but probably I am thinking too logical compared to rule-making ACO people?)

  5. SchellZ says:

    I don’t think the ACO are too keen on giving invitations to ALMS teams. Thats why P1 didn’t get one, and only 1 for GTE. I also don’t understand why the fractured ELMS get 2 for each class. I suppose they assume that the WEC competitors are going to do it again next year, giving them an automatic entry to Le Mans again anyway.

  6. Jack Reynolds says:

    There are a significant number of the old style Daytona Prototypes who were given participation entry to act as colorful armco barriers.

  7. Bamba says:

    too many ELMS entries here. But i guess they figure they need to encourage teams to join the ELMS.

    I suppose their reasoning is that ALMS teams are not as interested in lemans. So many of the ALMS automatic entries usually end up unused.

    ALMS teams being generally well funded, all they have to do is submit a request if they are interested.

  8. GTurner says:

    Honestly, the automatic entry list doesn’t mean much. Most of the teams listed would have been selected anyway either due to racing in the WEC or due to the quality of the entry. The only possible exceptions are the third AF Corse entry and Extreme Speed Motorsport. ALMS was probably smart in selecting ESM over Corvette as an automatic invitee since there’s simply no way the ACO is not going to accept an application from Corvette.

    As for giving automatic invites to ALMS, the small prototype fields the series has had for several years probably made the ACO rethink giving an automatic invite on the basis of class championships. They might have refused to give one to the ELMS GTE champs if they knew the field would be so small. Once the regulations were released stating that the invitations would be made, it was impossible to change.

  9. Martin says:

    honestly, I don’t get why the ALMS wouldn’t nominate their P1 champions. I thought Greg Pickett said that they’d be glad to make the trip? Hmm.

  10. GTurner says:

    Perhaps they feel that Muscle Milk will get selected as a wildcard more readily than Conquest or Level 5 due to the larger number of P2 cars worldwide. With only 7 P1 cars racing that aren’t Audis or Toyotas, what are the chances that anyone will get turned aw

  11. Martin says:

    That’s a valid point. I hope to see them racing the rest of the P1 privateers!

Comments are closed.