Understanding LM GTE Am
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Understanding LM GTE Am

DESPITE THE PROFESSIONALIZATION OF MOTOR SPORT, LE MANS HAS NEVER CLOSED ITS DOORS FOR "GENTLEMEN DRIVERS". SINCE 2011 THERE HAS EVEN BEEN A CLASS DEDICATED TO THEM.

Historically, amateur drivers have raced alongside professionals on the circuit of Le Mans 24 Hours. Before being appointed President of the FIA Endurance Commission, Lindsay Owen-Jones raced 3 times during 90's.

Many celebrities have tried it with varying degrees of success, such as Paul Newman, Patrick Dempsey, Jean-Claude Killy, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Steve Fossett, Paul Belmondo, Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), David Hallyday, Luke Alphand, etc..

The opposite of the suffix "Pro", "Am" means the GTE class for amateurs. Thus, each crew may only include one driver of "Platinum" or "Gold" status, the other two must be from "Silver" or "Bronze".

Technically, the class for cars in GTE Am meets the same regulations as the GTE Pro, but the cars must have had at least one year of existence. Thus, they can not benefit from the latest developments (eg width of GTE Pro increased by 5 inches in 2012).

RECOGNISING  A GTE Am :  Yellow Headlights
 White number on orange

TECHNNICAL SPECIFICATION (LM GTE technical regulations) :

MINIMUM WEIGHT 1245 kg
FUEL CAPACITY 90 litres
   
MOTOR maximum capacity
Atmospheric 5500 cc
Turbo 4000 cc

 

ENTRY LIST FOR LM GTE Am AT MANS 24 HOURS 2012 :

50 LARBRE COMPETITION   CHEVROLET CORVETTE C6 ZR1
55 JWA-AVILA   PORSCHE 911 RSR (997)
57 KROHN RACING   FERRARI 458 ITALIA
58 LUXURY RACING   FERRARI 458 ITALIA
61 AF CORSE-WALTRIP   FERRARI 458 ITALIA
67 IMSA PERFORMANCE MATMUT   PORSCHE 911 RSR (997)
70 LARBRE COMPETITION   CHEVROLET CORVETTE C6 ZR1
75 PROSPEED COMPETITION   PORSCHE 911 RSR (997)
79 FLYING LIZARD MOTORSPORTS   PORSCHE 911 RSR (997)
81 AF CORSE   FERRARI 458 ITALIA
83 JMB RACING   FERRARI 458 ITALIA
88 TEAM FELBERMAYR-PROTON   PORSCHE 911 RSR (997)
99 ASTON MARTIN RACING   ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE V8