The 2019 running of the Le Mans 24 Hours will not have its entry list finalized until March, the ACO has revealed.
Due to the change to the FIA WEC’s calendar this year, which sees the season run from May until the Le Mans 24 Hours next year, the ACO has made a revision to the way in which the entry list will be announced. Instead of the list being released on one day, it will be revealed in two phases. On February 11 the first batch of entries will be released including 50 of the 60 cars in the field. Then month later on March 1, the final 10 entries, plus 10 reserves, will be announced.
Among the 60 competitors that will start the 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours will be the full-season WEC teams, plus all the teams with automatic invites through results racing in the European Le Mans Series (4), the Michelin Le Mans Cup (1), the Asian Le Mans Series (4), the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (2), and at the 24 Hours of Le Mans earlier this year.
Teams wishing to take up one of the remaining places on the 2019 Le Mans grid will be able to apply from December 20 until January 31, 2019.