Victory in the weekend's Le Mans 1000km has guaranteed Audi Sport Japan Team Goh a place on the grid for next summer's 24-hour endurance marathon at the French circuit, as did good results for another seven outfits.

The resurrected 1000km event not only served as a pilot for next season Le Mans Endurance Series [LMES], but also helped add to the list of selected entries already begun by performances in the 2003 24 Hours, the ALMS Petit Le Mans finale and the collective ALMS and FIA GT campaigns. The remaining 22 entries will be selected by the 24 Hours organiser Automobile Club de l'Ouest [ACO] following next March's Sebring 12 Hours.

Joining Team Goh on the entry list after Sunday's rain-soaked race will be Pescarolo Sport, which took second place in the LMP900 category, Courage Competition and Intersport Racing, which finished 1-2 in the LMP675 class, Care Racing from GTS and Cirtek, Freisinger and PK Sport from the heavily-populated GT class.

Although some 'qualifiers' double up across the season - and despite the likes of Bentley already confirming that it will not be at La Sarthe next year - the current 24 Hours entry list reads as follows:
from Le Mans 24 Hours 2003:

Team Bentley (two entries - LMGTP)
Noel del Bello (LMP675)
RN Motorsport/John Nielsen (LMP675)
Veloqx Prodrive Racing (GTS)
Corvette Racing (GTS)
Alex Job Racing (GT)
Orbit Racing (GT)

from ALMS Petit Le Mans 2003:

Champion Racing (LMP900)
Intersport Racing (LMP675)
Prodrive (GTS)
Alex Job Racing (GT)

from ALMS 2003:

Infineon Team Joest (LMP900)
Dyson Racing (LMP675)
Corvette Racing (GTS)
Risi Competizione (GT)

from FIA GT 2003:

BMS Scuderia Italia
Lister Racing
Freisinger Motorsport
JMB Racing

from Le Mans 1000km 2003:

Audi Sport Japan Team Goh (LMP900)
Pescarolo Sport (LMP900)
Courage Competition (LMP675)
Intersport Racing (LMP675)
Care Racing (GTS)
Cirtek Motorsport (GT)
Freisinger Motorsport (GT)
PK Sport Ltd (GT)

 

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