AF Corse has secured no fewer than three tickets for the 2013 race: one in LMGTE Pro (after winning the class at Le Mans this year), one in LMGTE Am (2nd in the class in the 2012 ELMS) and another in either of these two classes (thanks to its victory in the 2012 WEC’s LMGTE MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge).
Other LMGTE teams to benefit from a guaranteed place for Le Mans in 2013 are Larbre Compétition (LMGTE Am class winner at Le Mans), JMW Motorsport (LMGTE Pro winner in the ELMS), JMB Racing (2nd in the LMGTE Pro class in the ELMS), Imsa-Performance-Matmut (LMGTE Am winner in the ELMS) and Extreme Speed Motorsport (thanks to its ALMS season).
In LMP, Audi Sport-Team Joest has received two invitations thanks to its LMP1 win at Le Mans in 2012 and to its victory in the MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge (WEC prototype class). Indeed, it is the only LMP1 team to have received an automatic entry for next year’s Le Mans since no invitation was earned by Muscle Milk (LMP1 champion in the ALMS) or Rebellion Racing (Petit Le Mans winner).
In LMP2, Starworks Motorsport (class winner in the WEC), Thiriet by TDS Racing (class winner in the ELMS), OAK Racing (second in class in the ELMS), Boutsen Ginion Racing (LMPC winner in the ELMS), Conquest Racing (thanks to its ALMS season) and Level 5 Motorsports (thanks to its ALMS season) have all received invitations.
In theory, 16 of the 55 entries available for the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours have already been filled, plus a 56th entry for the Green GT project. For these invitations to count, teams must officially submit an entry for the race and also register for either the FIA World Endurance Championship, or for the European, American or Asian Le Mans Series.
The complete list of entries for the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours and for the FIA World Endurance Championship will be announced in Paris on Thursday, January 31, 2013.