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The entry list for the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours has been released with 56 cars confirmed to compete, including ten LMP1 entries that will see Audi, Toyota and Porsche battling head-to-head for overall honours.
Audi heads into the 2014 edition of the race seeking its 13th win in 15 years and will once again field a trio of R18 e-TRON Quattros, with car headed up by Lucas di Grassi, Marcel Fassler and Filipe Albuquerque respectively.
However, the all-conquering German manufacturer looks set to face stiffer competition than ever from Toyota Racing in 2014, the Japanese firm having taken the fight to Audi during the closing stages of the 2013 World Endurance Championship with two wins in the final three rounds.
In addition, 2014 sees the much anticipated return of Porsche to Le Mans, 16 years after its last appearance when it triumphed with the GT1-98. With the 919 Hybrid currently well under development, Porsche has named Romain Dumas and Timo Bernhard as its nominated drivers for its two-car entry, with more drivers – including former F1 driver Mark Webber – to be confirmed at a later date.
Elsewhere in LMP1, the Lotus team steps up to the premier category after racing in LMP2 last year. The German-prepared entry will run the T129 AER-engined prototype, with former F1 driver Christijan Albers slated to drive, while Rebellion Racing will also enter a pair of Toyota-engined cars to complete the LMP1 line-up.
LMP2 also offers an enticing line-up for this year's race across 17 entries, with notable returns for the Ligier marque in association with OAK Racing, as well as fellow French firm Alpine, which will race under the Signatech banner.
In addition, Sebastien Loeb Racing will make its Le Mans debut with its Oreca 03 Nissan entry being helmed by Rene Rast, with the nine-time World Rally Champion – and new World Touring Car driver - set to remain behind the pit wall as manager only.
In LM GTE Pro, Ferrari, Chevrolet, Aston Martin, Porsche and Viper go up against each other, while the LM GTE Am class will see 16 entries across Ferrari, Porsche and Aston Martin machinery too.
Finally, as previously confirmed, the Nissan ZEOD RC Hybrid will compete within no set category, with Lucas Ordonez listed as its nominated driver. To be designated as the '0' car, the ZEOD's appearance is a prelude to Nissan's anticipated return to Le Mans as a full manufacturer in 2015.