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Winner in the LM P2 last year Strakka Racing will defend their title in La Sarthe, still with Honda, but will face a formidable opponent in the shape of the British team RML, who will also have an ARX-01d, the new version of the HPD engine.

Honda is not alone: Toyota and Nissan will also start the 24 Heures du Mans 2011.
 

Winner in the LM P2 last year Strakka Racing will defend their title in La Sarthe, still with Honda, but will face a formidable opponent in the shape of the British team RML, who will also have an ARX-01d, the new version of the HPD engine (Honda Performance Development). Level 5 Motorsports will also have an HPD engine, mounted in a Lola coupe. Honda will also be entered in the premier class LM P1 with the ARX-01e entrusted to Highcroft Racing, holder of American Le Mans Series title with the ARX-01c, and unfortunate opponent Strakka at Le Mans last year.

It is with an engine that Toyota has chosen to return to Le Mans, in the Rebellion Racing Lola in LM P1. A path also chosen by Nissan, but in LM P2, with the figurehead of the two Oreca Signatech French team (formerly Signature Plus, who last year  raced a Lola Aston Martin LMP1 entrusted to Vanina Ickx) . Two other cars powered by Nissan have also been selected by the ACO: LM P2 Team Oreca Matmut and the Greaves Motorsports Zytek.

First (and so far only) Japanese winner at La Sarthe, Mazda is still missing the call. But let's be sure that the impact of this victory of 1991 will return sooner or later.