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ACO: 71 Entries For 55 Places At Le Mans

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The teams invited to for the grid for the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans will be announced on February 1 (Photo Credit: MacLean Photographic)

The Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) have announced they have received a total of 71 entries for this year’s 90th 24 Hours of Le Mans, with 55 spots for the race (June 22-23) available.

The 71 entries submitted includes the maximum of 16 cars invited to take part in the race, with champions for the Le Mans in 2012 invited back to defend their titles. Champions and runners-up from the European Le Mans Series in 2012 were also invited along with winner of the Michelin Green X Challenge in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Three teams were also selected from the American Le Mans Series.

30 of the submitted entries fall into the two LMGTE classes, the remaining 41 split between LMP1, LMP2 and the GreenGT H2 – the only car guaranteed their place at Le Mans as the successor to the Nissan DeltaWing in the Garage 56 spot reserved for a technically innovative car.

The identity of the 55 teams selected to join them for the race will be announced on February 1 at a press conference streamed live online at www.24h-lemans.com.

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