Le Mans lords ACO today held a presentation regarding the Le Mans starting list. 56 grid spots are handed out each year, and demand was high.

LMP1 had no actual surprises on offer. Nissan, Porsche and Audi each run three cars, Toyota kept it at two. The former Lotus P1 is now called ByKolles and will face two now AER-powered Rebellion R-Ones. Nissan so far only announced four drivers, so another five will get their chance. Oh, and Porsche filled their third car with youngsters, not F1 pilots.

1 - Toyota - Toyota TS040 Hybrid - Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima

2 - Toyota - Toyota TS040 Hybrid - Wurz/Sarrazin/Conway

4 - ByKolles - CLM P1/01 AER - Trummer

7 - Audi - Audi R18 e-tron quattro - Lotterer/Fässler/Treluyer

8 - Audi - Audi R18 e-tron quattro - Duval/di Grassi/Jarvis

9 - Audi - Audi R18 e-tron quattro - Bonanomi/Albuquerque/Rast

12 - Rebellion - Rebellion R-One AER - Prost

13 - Rebellion - Rebellion R-One AER - Beche

17 - Porsche - Porsche 919 Hybrid - Webber/Bernhard/Hartley

18 - Porsche - Porsche 919 Hybrid - Jani/Lieb/Dumas

19 - Porsche - Porsche 919 Hybrid - Hülkenberg/Tandy/Bamber

21 - Nissan - Nissan GT-R LM Nismo - Matsuda

22 - Nissan - Nissan GT-R LM Nismo - Tincknell

23 - Nissan - Nissan GT-R LM Nismo - Pla<small></small>

LMP2 turned out to be the huge field it was expected to be: 20 cars, all very equal in performance. Winning this is a true accomplishment, it will probably come down the the skills of the paying amateur drivers. Former ALMS and TUSC participants Krohn and ESM are part of the show, too.

26 - G-Drive - Ligier-Nissan - Russinow

27 - SMP - BR01-Nissan - Aljoschin

28 - G-Drive - Ligier- Nissan - Yacaman

29 - Pegasus - Morgan-Nissan - Roussel

30 - ESM - HPD-Honda - Sharp

31 - ESM - HPD-Honda - Brown

34 - Oak - Ligier-Nissan - Tung

35 - Oak - Ligier-Nissan - Nicolet

36 - Signatech-Alipe - Alpine-Nissan - Panciatici

37 - SMP - BR01-Nissan - Mediani

38 - Jota - Gibson-Nissan - Dolan

39 - SARD-Morand - Morgan-SARD - Klien

40 - Krohn - Ligier-Judd - Krohn

41 - Greaves - Gibson-Nissan - Mowlem

42 - Strakka - Dome-Nissan - Leventis

43 - SARD-Morand - Morgan-SARD - Ragues

45 - Ibanez - Oreca-Nissan - Ibanez

46 - TDS - Oreca-Nissan - Thiriet

47 - KCMG - Oreca-Nissan - Howson

48 - Murphy - Oreca-Nissan - Murphy

GTE-Pro is going to be the tight battle it always is (unless the Astons get crazy BoP waivers again). It's essentially the WEC participants combined with the Corvettes.

51 - AF Corse - Ferrari 458 Italia - Bruni/Vilander

63 - Corvette - Corvette C7.R - Magnussen/Garcia/Briscoe

64 - Corvette - Corvette C7.R - Gavin/Taylor/Milner

71 - AF Corse - Ferrari 458 Italia - Rigon/Calado

91 - Porsche AG - Porsche 911 RSR - Lietz/Christensen/Bergmeister

92 - Porsche AG - Porsche 911 RSR - Pilet/Makowiecki/Henzler

95 - Aston Martin - Aston Martin Vantage - Sörensen/Thiim/Nygaard

97 - Aston Martin - Aston Martin Vantage - Mücke/Turner

99 - Aston Martin - Aston Martin Vantage - Rees

GTE-Am is a paydriver festival. Dempsey is there again, and so are a bunch of 458s that will definitely crash into P1 cars. It's a rule of WEC racing.

50 - Larbre - Corvette - Roda

55 - AF Corse - Ferrari 458 Italia - Cameron

61 - AF Corse - Ferrari 458 Italia - Mann

62 - Scuderia Corsa - Ferrari 458 Italia - Sweedler

66 - JMW - Ferrari 458 Italia - Richardson

67 - Team AAI - Porsche 911 GT3 RSR - Chen

68 - Team AAI - Porsche 911 GT3 RSR - Chen

72 - SMP - Ferrari 458 Italia - Shaitar

77 - Dempsey-Proton - Porsche 911 RSR - Dempsey

83 - AF Corse - Ferrari 458 Italia - Perrodo

88 - Proton - Porsche 911 RSR - Ried

96 - Aston Martin - Aston Martin Vantage - Goethe

98 - Aston Martin - Aston Martin Vantage - Dalla Lana

Usually, some of the entrants drop out for one reason or another: missing finance, crashes that destroy the car, inability to find drivers. As soon as one of the invitations is not taken, the Riley Viper is the first one to take over a spot, either in GTE-Am or GTE-Pro.