24 Hours of Le Mans – The 2022 LMGTE Am class
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24 Hours of Le Mans – The 2022 LMGTE Am class

Same as last year, the LMGTE Pro class will see Ferrari, Porsche and Chevrolet Corvette battle for victory.

AF CORSE

#21 – Ferrari 488 GTE Evo – Simon Mann (GBR) – Christoph Ulrich (CHE) – Toni Vilander (FIN)
#54 – Ferrari 488 GTE Evo – Thomas Flohr (CHE) – Francesco Castellacci (ITA) – Nicholas Cassidy (NZL)
#61 – Ferrari 488 GTE Evo – Louis Prette (ITA) – Conrad Grunewald (USA) – Vincent Abril (FRA)

AF Corse has competed in the LMGTE Am class without fail since 2011 and is the current defending champion. Last year, the team also won the FIA Endurance LMGTE Teams trophy and the Drivers trophy thanks to Alessio Rovera, François Perrodo and Nicklas Nielsen (the line-up now in LMP2). Driving the #21 car will be Toni Vilander with 11 participations in the 24 Hours to his credit. He is set to join forces with rookies Simon Mann and Christoph Ulrich. The #54 will be entrusted to Thomas Flohr (five participations), Francesco Castellaci (five) and Nicholas Cassidy (six). The #61 will be shared by Louis Prette (one participation), rookie Conrad Grunewald and Vincent Abril (two). Given the track record of Amato Ferrari's team (2019 Spirit of Le Mans winner), AF Corse is certainly a top contender for victory in LMGTE Am.

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TF SPORT

#33 – Aston Martin Vantage AMR – Ben Keating (USA) – Henrique Chaves (PRT) – Marco Sørensen (DNK)

2020 LMGTE Am winner TF Sport is seeking a repeat performance this year after finishing second in the class in 2021. The British team is also competing in the European Le Mans Series this season. Ultra-talented Bronze driver Ben Keating will team up with Portuguese native Henrique Chaves and Marco Sørensen, a factory Aston Martin driver with seven starts in the 24 Hours who finished third in LMGTE Pro in 2020. Team owner Tom Ferrier: "We have without a doubt a very solid crew and are more than ready to fight for the win at Le Mans and the FIA WEC title."

TEAM PROJECT 1

#46 – Porsche 911 RSR-19 – Matteo Cairoli (ITA) – Mikkel Pedersen (DNK) – Nicolas Leutwiler (CHE)
#56 – Porsche 911 RSR-19 – Brendan Iribe (USA) – Olliver Millroy (GBR) – Ben Barnicoat (GBR)

Team Project 1 will be taking its fifth start in the race this season. Last year, both of the German team's Porsche 911 RSR-19s were forced to retire as a result of mechanical troubles for the #46 and an incident for the #56. The 2019 LMGTE Am winner, Team Project 1 is looking to secure a second victory in the class. Note the #56's participation is a result of a collaboration between the team and Inception Racing, 12th in the class last year with a Ferrari 488 GTE Evo.

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SPIRIT OF RACE

#55 – Ferrari 488 GTE Evo – Duncan Cameron (GBR) – Matthew Griffin (IRL) – David Perel (ZAF)
#71 – Ferrari 488 GTE Evo – Franck Dezoteux (FRA) – Pierre Ragues (FRA) – Gabriel Aubry (FRA)

Runner-up in LMGTE in the 2021 European Le Mans Series, the Italian team will rely on continuity with the same driver line-up for the #55 as in 2021. The self-appointed mission by Duncan Cameron, Matthew Griffin (five participations each) and David Perel (seven) is to achieve a better result than last year when they were forced to retire after an incident.

Gentleman driver Franck Dezoteux initiated the entry for the #71 car and is on the cusp of making a longtime dream come true. After climbing the endurance racing ladder culminating in the 24 Hours, he will receive the support of veteran teammates Pierre Ragues (12 participations) and Gabriel Aubry (four). 

KESSEL RACING

#57 – Ferrari 488 GTE Evo – Takeshi Kimura (JPN) – Frederik Schandorff (DNK) – Mikkel Jensen (DNK)

This Swiss team is heading into its third 24 Hours. Ninth in LMGTE Am in 2019 then forced to retire in 2021 following an engine malfunction, Ronnie Kessel's outfit is seeking a top 10 finish. Returning after last year are Takeshi Kimura (three participations) and Mikkel Jensen (two). Danish driver Frederik Schandorff (age 25, fifth in the GTD class at the 2022 Rolex 24 at Daytona with Inception Racing) will round out the trio.

INCEPTION RACING

#59 – Ferrari 488 GTE Evo – Alexander West (FIN) – Côme Ledogar (FRA) – Mavin Klein (FRA)

Invited to the 24 Hours thanks to its win in GT in the 2022 Asian Le Mans Series, the team has joined forces with Garage 59 to run a Ferrari 488 GTE Evo. It will also benefit from additional support provided by AF Corse. Alexander West will team up with former AF Corse driver in LMGTE Pro Côme Ledogar and Marvin Klein. The latter won the Porsche Carrera Cup France last year. In 2018, he took the start in a Michelin Le Mans Cup race in Le Castellet with Cool Racing and also hit the track for Road to Le Mans with the Swiss team.

IRON LYNX

#60 – Ferrari 488 GTE Evo – Claudio Schiavoni (ITA) – Alessandro Balzan (ITA) – Raffaele Gianmaria (ITA)
#75 – Ferrari 488 GTE Evo – Pierre Ehret (DEU) – Christian Hook (BEL) – Nicolas Varrone (ARG)
#80 – Ferrari 488 GTE Evo – Mattéo Cressoni (ITA) – Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA) – Richard Heistand (USA)

2021 European Le Mans Series LMGTE class champion, Iron Lynx will once again field three Ferrari 488 GTE Evos in the 24 Hours. Last year, the team finished third, fourth and ninth in the class. Iron Lynx recruited former F1 driver Giancarlo Fisichella this past winter. The Italian is gearing up for his 13th participation in the race and is set to share the #80 with Mattéo Cressoni (five participations) and Richard Heistand (four). Team manager Andrea Piccini: "We had such an incredible year in 2021 and are taking on this season with the same mindset. It will be difficult to repeat the success of 2021, but that is our goal." 

JMW MOTORSPORT

#66 – Ferrari 488 GTE Evo – Renger van der Zande (NLD) – Marc Kvamme (USA) – Jason Hart (USA)

With 12 participations to its credit, this British team is a 24 Hours and LMGTE Am mainstay and won the class in 2017. Last year, JMW Motorsport was forced to retire with a broken gearbox. For the 90th 24 Hours, the outfit's car will be driven by Dutch driver Renger van der Zande and Americans Marc Kvamme and Jason Hart.

DEMPSEY-PROTON RACING

#77 – Porsche 911 RSR-19 – Christian Ried (DEU) – Sebastian Priaulx (FRA) – Harry Tincknell (GBR)
#88 – Porsche 911 RSR-19 – Fred Poordad (USA) – Patrick Lindsey (USA) – Jan Heylen (BEL)

With nine participations under its belt, Dempsey-Proton Racing is the flagship team in LMGTE Am in the FIA WEC and the European Le Mans Series. This year, the team will field two Porsche 911 RSR-19s in an effort to improve upon the #77's result of fifth in the class last year and third in the FIA Endurance FIA LMGTE Am Teams championship. The outfit is heading into the 24 Hours on good footing after winning the TotalEnergies 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, and will count on Christian Ried (nine participations), Sébastien Priaulx (rookie) and Harry Tincknell (eight) to give its rivals a run for their money.

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WEATHERTECH RACING

#79 – Porsche 911 RSR-19 – Cooper MacNeil (USA) – Julien Andlauer (FRA) – Gianluca Giraudi (ITA)

The American team is heading into its third 24 Hours after two participations in LMGTE Pro and is now hoping to excel in LMGTE Am. Last year, Weathertech Racing was forced to retire after an incident. For the 90th running of the race, the outfit will rely on American driver Cooper MacNeil (six participations), 2018 LMGTE Am winner with Dempsey-Proton Racing Julien Andlauer (four) and Gianluca Giraudi.

IRON DAMES

#85 – Ferrari 488 GTE Evo – Rahel Frey (CHE) – Michelle Gatting (DNK) – Sarah Bovy (BEL)

For the fourth year in a row, an all-female driver line-up will take the start in the 24 Hours. Iron Dames is a project founded by Déborah Mayer, now president of the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission aimed at encouraging women to compete in racing. Rahel Frey (four participations), Michelle Gatting (three) and Sarah Bovy (one) will return at the wheel of the #85 Ferrari 488 GTE Evo that finished ninth in the class last year under the banner of Iron Lynx.

GR RACING

#86 – Porsche 911 RSR-19 – Michael Wainwright (GBR) – Riccardo Pera (ITA) – Benjamin Barker (GBR)

The British team based in Milton Keynes will once again take the start in the 24 Hours with a Porsche 911 RSR-19. GR Racing's experience last year was anything but smooth sailing and the #86 Porsche finished 14th and last in the LMGTE Am class. The team will be looking to better its result along the lines of its fifth place at the 2020 24 Hours. Teammates since 2016, Michael Wainwright (seven participations) and Benjamin Barker (six) will welcome Italian driver Riccardo Pera (two) to the party.

PROTON COMPETITION

#93 – Porsche 911 RSR-19 – Michael Fassbender (IRL) – Matt Campbell (AUS) – Zacharie Robichon (CAN)

This car, part of the extension of Dempsey-Proton Racing's commitment, will be heavily watched as German-Irish actor Michael Fassbender is set to take the wheel. The 2016 Oscar winner for Best Actor has dreamed of following the same path as Patrick Dempsey, second in LMGTE Am in 2016, and Paul Newman, second overall in 1979. In order to fulfill this dream, Fassbender has cut his teeth in the European Le Mans Series the last several seasons. He will join forces with Matt Campbell (four participations) and fellow rookie Zacharie Robichon.

NORTHWEST AMR

#98 – Aston Martin Vantage AMR – Paul Dalla Lana (CAN) – David Pittard (GBR) – Nicki Thiim (DNK)

This Aston Martin is expected to be a top contender in the class. Driven by Paul Dalla Lana for his ninth season in the FIA WEC, the car won the 1000 Miles of Sebring this year. The Canadian driver will team up with two-time LMGTE Pro world champion Nicki Thiim (2016 and 2019) and David Pittard seen at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. In 2021, the #98 Aston Martin Vantage AMR was the first car forced to retire after an incident at the Indianapolis corner.

HARDPOINT MOTORSPORT

#99 – Porsche 911 RSR-19 – Rob Ferriol (USA) – Katherine Legge (USA) – Adrien de Leener (BEL)

This American team, a rookie at this year's 24 Hours, owes its invitation to Rob Ferriol who won the Bob Akin Award last season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. For this 90th running of the race, the outfit will be supported technically by Proton Competition. Ferriol will join forces with Katherine Legge who took part in three FIA WEC races in 2021 with Iron Lynx, and Adrien de Leener seen at Le Mans in 2020 at the wheel of a Porsche entered by Dempsey-Proton Racing.

D’STATION RACING

#777 – Aston Martin Vantage AMR – Satoshi Hoshino (JPN) – Tomonobu Fujii (JPN) – Charles Fagg (GBR)

Last year, for its first participation, the Japanese team supported by TF Sport finished sixth in LMGTE Am, and ended the 2021 FIA WEC season in ninth place in the FIA Endurance GTE Am trophy championship. Satoshi Hoshino (two participations), Tomonobu Fujii (one) and rookie Charles Fagg will share the wheel of the Aston Martin Vantage AMR.

The FIA Endurance GTE Am Teams trophy classification ahead of the 90th 24 Hours of Le Mans

  1. Northwest AMR – 53 points
  2. TF Sport – 47 points
  3. Dempsey-Proton Racing – 43 points
  4. Team Project 1 – 23 points
  5. D’Station Racing – 18 points

Click for the 2022 24 Hours of Le Mans entry list.