The 2020 Le Mans Cup entry list has been released, with 29 cars set for the full season across the two classes.
In GT3 there are 11 cars that will battle for the title and an auto entry to the Le Mans 24 Hours. Just three brands are represented this year, Ferrari, Bentley and Mercedes, with the Italian marque having the majority of customer teams in the category.
Reigning team champions Kessel Racing will enter three Ferrari 488 GT3s while reigning drivers champion Giacomo Piccini will race a Ferrari for the new Iron Lynx team (that is also running in the ELMS), which will be managed by his fellow champion Sergio Pianezzola. Piccini will be joined by Italian driver Rino Mastronardi. Iron Lynx will run two other 488 GT3 including the #9 for a previously confirmed all-female line up of Michelle Gatting and Deborah Mayer.
Spirit of Race will run a single Ferrari for Matteo Cressoni and Ken Abe.
Meanwhile, ELMS LMP2 championship-winning team IDEC Sport will enter a Mercedes AMG GT3 for Patrice Lafargue and Dimitri Enjalbert, while SPS Automotive Performance returns with their distinctive Mercedes AMG driven by Dexter Muller and Yannick Mettler.
A current-generation Bentley Continental GT3 race in the series for the first time, with Spanish team Bullitt Racing running the car for Stephen Pattrick and Romain Monti.
In LMP3, like the ELMS, it will be Ligier vs Duqueine with the new-for-2020 chassis, with 17 cars entered. Both Ginetta and Adess have been unable to get customer teams on the grid for their new-spec cars.
Three-time championship-winning team DKR Engineering is back to try and win a fourth consecutive title. Jean Glorieux, 2017 champion, will be at the wheel of the #3 Duqueine D08 and will face some strong opposition from the rest of the 17-strong LMP3 grid.
British team Nielsen Racing return with a two-car entry, the #7 Duqueine M30-D08-Nissan for race newly-crowned Asian Le Mans Series LMP3 champions Tony Wells and Colin Noble.
United Autosports will also return with a full complement of three Ligiers, while Spanish team CD Sport and Swiss outfit Cool Racing will run two Ligiers each.
Reigning ELMS LMP2 champions IDEC Sport will add an LMP3 entry to its GT3 car in the Michelin Le Mans Cup, while Belgian team Motorsport98 also return with a single Ligier for Dino Lunardi and Eric De Doncker.
As well as DKR Engineering and Nielsen Racing, the new Duqueine M30-D08 will be raced by Racing Experience, Grainmarket Racing and Mühlner Motorsport.
“We are pleased to see a very strong grid of 29 cars for the 2020 Michelin Le Mans Cup season,” said Gérard Neveu, CEO of the Michelin Le Mans Cup.
“When we look at the high-quality teams and drivers that will compete this season, we can be sure that each one will have to work very hard to win the titles at the end of the season.
“You only have to look at the drivers who started in the Michelin Le Mans Cup and are now racing, and winning, in the ELMS, the WEC and even at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This more than underlines the importance of providing an entry-level to endurance racing and I would like to acknowledge Michelin for their ongoing support of the Le Mans Cup.”