The ACO has revealed that 15 of the 29 cars offered an automatic entry into the 2009 running of the Le Mans 24 Hours have taken up the option to enter the round the clock classic.

In LMP1, Audi has accepted two of the three places it earned in its final season of competition with the R10 TDi, with two new R15 models set to go up against the two factory Peugeot 908s. The R10 will still be seen at Le Mans - entry permitting - in the hands of the privateer team run by Colin Kolles, who has revealed plans to purchase two cars for the year ahead. Intersport Racing has elected not to take up the entry secured through its performances in the ALMS.

In LMP2, doubts existed over whether any of the seven entries would be taken up, but Team Essex has taken up the option for one of its two automatic entries - a somewhat surprising move given the team was reported to have closed shop at the end of 2008.

Double entries from Penske Racing and van Merksteijn Motorsport have, as anticipated, not been accepted with neither team running the RS Spyder this year while Horag Racing has also turned down the entry offered.

In GT1, the much anticipated final battle between Aston Martin and Corvette could be over before it began, after none of the automatic entries offered to Aston Martin teams were accepted - including that of the factory team. With rumours abound of a possible prototype programme, the factory DBR9 has not been entered into the race, while Bell Motorsports and Team Modena have also not accepted entries - the latter having moved to GT2 over the winter. Vitaphone Racing hasn't accepted its entry with the Maserati MC12 being ineligible for La Sarthe, while Phoenix Racing hasn't accepted the entry offered to its Corvette C6.R.

In GT2, all entries have been accepted bar the second Ferrari of BMS Scuderia Italia.

Le Mans 24 Hours 2009 Automatic Entries - accepted:

LMP1:

Audi Sport North AmericaAudi R10 TDi Audi Sport Team JoestAudi R10 TDi Team Peugeot TotalPeugeot 908 HDiTeam Peugeot TotalPeugeot 908 HDi

LMP2:

Team EssexPorsche RS Spyder

GT1:

Corvette RacingCorvette C6.RCorvette RacingCorvette C6.RLuc Alphand AventuresCorvette C6.R

GT2:

Risi CompetizioneFerrari 430Risi CompetizioneFerrari 430BMS Scuderia ItaliaFerrari 430BMS Scuderia ItaliaFerrari 430Flying Lizard MotorsportsPorsche 997 RSRVirgo MotorsportFerrari 430Team Felbermayr-ProtonPorsche 997 RSRAF CorseFerrari 430

Le Mans 24 Hours 2009 Automatic Entries - rejected:

LMP1:

Audi Sport North AmericaAudi R10 TDi Intersport RacingLola B06/10 AER

LMP2:

van Merksteijn MotorsportPorsche RS Spydervan Merksteijn MotorsportPorsche RS SpyderTeam EssexPorsche RS SpyderPenske MotorsportsPorsche RS SpyderPenske MotorsportsPorsche RS SpyderHorag RacingPorsche RS Spyder

GT1:

Aston Martin RacingAston Martin DBR9Bell MotorsportsAston Martin DBR9Team ModenaAston Martin DBR9Vitaphone RacingMaserati MC12Phoenix CarsportCorvette C6.R

GT2:

BMS Scuderia ItaliaFerrari 430

 

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