Friday, June 15, 2018

LE MANS: Can It's Supporting Cast Upset the Apple Cart this Year?

Will there be an encore episode of "lesser" LMP2 machinery fighting for Overall victory again this year?

Whilst All of the Hubbaloo's being made over Toyota's New Golden Boy Fernando Alonso, which surely the WEC "Regulars" will wish to have Somme-thun' to say about that. It's worth noting that the "Second Tier" LMP2 Prototype Ranks consist of twice as many as the premiere LMP1 entrants.

And while for obvious reasons, I'm not gonna even remotely attempt covering the 50 Odd LMP2 and GTE Competitors!

But recall that last year, not only did the Jackie Chan DC Racing's LMP2 squad ultimately finish second & third overall, they also led the race with an hour remaining.

And there's many ex-Formula 1 Drivers filling the ranks, with the likes of F1 Bad Boyz' "Crashtor Walldanado," aka Pastor Maldonado & "Guido-the-Dutchman," aka Giedo van der Garde, along with F1 Castoff Will Stevens, etc.

Whilst many eyes will surely also be focused upon the All Star line-ups of United Autosports two car effort, which includes the likes of JPM, aka "Monty" or formally known as Juan Pablo Montoya, along with Paul di Resta and others.

Meanwhile, the Gran Torismo Evolozione (GTE) Tintops' ranks of 30 strong entrants in the two classes, i.e.; GTE Pro & GTE Am, feature seven entrants from the IMSA Weathertech SportsCar Championship. Featuring a "Noah's Ark" two-by-two outing from Corvette, Ford and Porsche.

As I've previously scribbled here on No Fenders about the three IndyCar Drivers making up part of The Cheepsters', nee Chip Ganassi Racing's four car Ford GT Armada...

Whilst other IMSA Weathertech Boyz' are sprinkled about the various categories, with Wayne Taylor Racing's Renger van der Zande making his rookie debut in the #10 DragonSpeed BR Engineering LMP1 entry.

Fellow IMSA DPi regular Hot Schues' Ricky Taylor will Moonlight aboard the No. 34 Ligier JS P2/17, while Felipe Nasr will co-drive the #70 Dallara P2/17 respectively, both in the LMP2 category.

and the son of that LUV-able ABC IndyCar Color Commentator Eddie-the-Mouth! Edward Cheever III will be behind the Keyboard of the No. 70 MR Racing Ferrari 488GTE in the GTE Am class.