IMSA Wire: Entry List Notebook – Motul Petit Le Mans

Championships in All Five Classes to Be Determined in 2022 Season Finale 
September 21, 2022
By Mark Robinson
IMSA Wire Service

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Titles in all five classes of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will be on the line in the 2022 season finale, the historic 25th Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta on Oct. 1.
A total of 48 cars are on the pre-event entry list, the most for the race in eight years. Live coverage is available through a combination of NBC network, USA Network and Peacock, as well as IMSA Radio.
Here’s what else you need to know for the Motul Petit Le Mans:
Fast Facts
Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta – Braselton, Georgia
October 1, 2022
Race Day/Time: Saturday, October 1 – 12:10 p.m. ET
U.S. Television Live Coverage:
Noon-3 p.m.: NBC Network
3-10:30 p.m.: USA Network
Peacock Streaming Coverage: LIVE – Flag-to-flag beginning at noon (outside the U.S. on IMSA.com/TVLive)
IMSA.com/TVLive Live Qualifying Stream: Friday, September 30 – 3:35 p.m. ET
IMSA Radio: Select sessions live on IMSA.com and RadioLeMans.com; SiriusXM live race coverage begins at noon Saturday, October 1 (XM 207, Web/App 992)
Circuit Type: 2.54-mile, 12-turn road course
Classes Competing: Daytona Prototype international (DPi), Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2), Le Mans Prototype 3 (LMP3), Grand Touring Daytona Pro (GTD PRO), Grand Touring Daytona (GTD)Race Length: Ten hours
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Event Hashtags: #IMSA, #MotulPetitLeMans

WeatherTech Championship Track Records
Qualifying:
DPi: Dane Cameron, Acura ARX-05, 1:08.412 / 133.660 mph, October 2020
LMP2: 
Kyle Masson, ORECA LMP2, 1:10.722 / 129.294 mph, October 2019
LMP3: Niklas Kruetten, Ligier JS P320, 1:15.664 / 120.849 mph, November 2021
GTD PRO: new class for 2022
GTD: Jack Hawksworth, Lexus RC F GT3, 1:18.843 / 115.977 mph, November 2021 
2021 Motul Petit Le Mans Winners:
DPi:  Oliver Jarvis/Harry Tincknell/Jonathan Bomarito, No. 55 Mazda Motorsports Mazda DPi
LMP2:  John Farano/Gabriel Aubry/James French, No. 8 Tower Motorsport ORECA LMP2 07
LMP3:  Gar Robinson/Felipe Fraga/Scott Andrews, No. 74 Riley Motorsports Ligier JS P320
GTD PRO: new class for 2022
GTD: Roman De Angelis/Ross Gunn/Ian James, No. 23 Heart of Racing Team Aston Martin Vantage GT3
Storylines
All on the Line: The championships in all five WeatherTech Championship classes will be decided in the season finale, with four still up for grabs. The points leaders in GTD PRO – Matt Campbell, Mathieu Jaminet and the No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R – need to just start the race to clinch the class driver and team crowns. It would give Pfaff back-to-back championships following the 2021 title in the GTD class.
Final DPi Championship to the Wire: The Daytona Prototype international (DPi) class is going out in style. Set to be replaced by the new Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) class in 2023, the final DPi championship is down to a two-horse race between the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05 and the No. 60 Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Acura ARX-05. Ironically, the No. 10 Acura holds the same 19-point edge heading into the race as it had last year when it was overtaken by the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac.
A Mixed Bag in LMP2: John Farano leads the Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) driver standings by 33 points over Dwight Merriman and Ryan Dalziel, but Farano’s No. 8 Tower Motorsport ORECA LMP2 07 trails the No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA by 19 in the team standings. Farano and the No. 8 are the defending race winners.
Flip-Flopping in LMP3: A year ago, Gar Robinson and the No. 74 Riley Motorsports Ligier JS P320 led the Le Mans Prototype 3 (LMP3) standings over co-drivers Jon Bennett and Colin Braun and the No. 54 CORE autosport Ligier heading to Michelin Raceway. The tables have turned in 2022, with Bennett, Braun and the No. 54 now 83 points up on Robinson and the No. 74 and 119 points better than Ari Balogh, Garett Grist and the No. 30 Jr III Racing Ligier.
GTD Chase Remains Wide Open: Just 140 points separate the top four teams in GT Daytona (GTD), and with 16 cars entered in the class, nothing is decided. Roman De Angelis and the No. 27 Heart of Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT3 lead Stevan McAleer and the No. 32 Team Korthoff Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3 by 45 points, followed closely by Ryan Hardwick, Jan Heylen and the No. 16 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R (57 points from the lead) and Philip Ellis, Russell Ward and the No. 57 Winward Racing Mercedes (140 points back).
IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup Championships: Along with the season titles earned, the Motul Petit Le Mans is also the last of the four longer races that are part of the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup. Using a different scoring system with points awarded at designated junctures throughout the race, the honors in all five classes of this prized competition are still undecided heading into the race. No team or driver leads their class by more than five points, so these titles will all go down to the checkered flag.
Who’s Hot?No. 10 Acura: Filipe Albuquerque and Ricky Taylor have won four of the last six DPi races to squeeze into the class points lead ahead of Oliver Jarvis and Tom Blomqvist in the No. 60 Acura. Jarvis and Blomqvist have been consistent, running off five straight second-place finishes earlier this year, but they know a runner-up showing at Michelin Raceway may not be good enough to overtake Albuquerque, Taylor and the No. 10.
No. 9 Plaid Porsche: It’s been a phenomenal season for the No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R group. Matt Campbell and Mathieu Jaminet have won five of the nine GTD PRO races and have only finished off the podium twice. They’ll be joined by 2021 DPi champion Felipe Nasr in the car at Michelin Raceway as they look to cap off the class championship.
No. 57 Winward Mercedes: This car could be riding a three-race winning streak into Motul Petit Le Mans had it not suffered a fuel pump failure on the final lap at Lime Rock Park in July. As it is, Philip Ellis and Russell Ward have won the last two GTD races to remain in the title hunt. With 16 GTD cars expected at Michelin Raceway, another strong result could result in a miraculous season finish. 
Who’s Good Here?Even-Numbered Years for Wayne Taylor Racing and van der Zande: Wayne Taylor Racing has won the top-level prototype class at Motul Petit Le Mans in 2014, 2018 and 2020. Renger van der Zande won in those same years – 2014 in the Prototype Challenge class before being part of the WTR winning efforts in ’18 and ’20. With van der Zande now part of the No. 01 Cadillac Racing DPi team, they can’t both repeat as winners in 2022. But will either?
Matt Campbell: On the verge of clinching the GTD PRO championship in the first year for the class, the Australian is also seeking his third straight Motul Petit Le Mans victory. He won in 2020 and ’21 in the former GT Le Mans (GTLM) class.
John Farano: Like Campbell, Farano is also chasing a championship – his in LMP2. And like Campbell, Farano also has a two-year win streak at Michelin Raceway, also coming in LMP2.
Previous Motul Petit Le Mans Winners in 2022 Field (38)
Bill Auberlen (3): ALMS GT – 2001; GTLM – 2017; GTD – 2019
Renger van der Zande (3): PC – 2014, P – 2018; DPi – 2020
Joao Barbosa (2): P2 – 2011; P – 2015
James Calado (2): GTLM – 2016, 2019
Matt Campbell (2): GTLM – 2020, 2021
Ryan Dalziel (2): PC – 2012; P – 2017
John Farano (2): LMP2 – 2020, 2021
Spencer Pumpelly (2): GTC – 2013; GTD – 2015
Bryan Sellers (2): GT – 2013; GTLM – 2014
Daniel Serra (2): GTD – 2018; GTLM – 2019
Madison Snow (2): GTC – 2013; GTD – 2015
Jordan Taylor (2): P – 2014, 2018
Matthew Bell (1): GTD – 2014
Sebastien Bourdais (1): P – 2015
Helio Castroneves (1): P2 – 2008
Roman De Angelis (1): GTD – 2021
Connor De Phillippi (1): GTD – 2017
Pipo Derani (1): DPi – 2019
Mario Farnbacher (1): GTC – 20212
Robby Foley (1): GTD – 2019
Felipe Fraga (1): LMP3 – 2021
Garett Grist (1): PC – 2017
Ross Gunn (1): GTD – 2021
Brendon Hartley (1): P – 2017
Marco Holzer (1): GTLM – 2014
Ian James (1): GTD – 2021
Mathieu Jaminet (1): GTLM – 2021
Oliver Jarvis (1): DPi – 2021
Mikkel Jensen (1): LMP2 – 2020
Ben Keating (1): GTD – 2016
Andy Lally (1): GTC – 2010
Dirk Mueller (1): GT – 1999
Felipe Nasr (1): DPi – 2019
Olivier Pla (1): P – 2016
Gar Robinson (1): LMP3 – 2021
Ricky Taylor (1): P – 2014
Toni Vilander (1): GTLM – 2016
Jeff Westphal (1): GTD – 2020
Previous Motul Petit Le Mans Pole Winners in 2022 Field (17)
Felipe Nasr (2): DPi – 2019, 2021
Olivier Pla (2): P2 – 2012; P – 2016
Toni Vilander (2): GT – 2012; GTLM – 2017
Richard Westbrook (2): P – 2015; GTLM – 2016
Bill Auberlen (1): GT3 – 1998
James Calado (1): GTLM – 2019
Helio Castroneves (1): P – 2017
Pipo Derani (1): P – 2018
John Edwards (1): GTLM – 2018
Antonio Garcia (1): — GTLM – 2020
Jack Hawksworth (1): PC – 2014
Ben Keating (1): LMP2 – 2021
Corey Lewis (1): GTD – 2019
Dirk Mueller (1): GT – 1999
Spencer Pumpelly (1): GTC – 2013
Daniel Serra (1): GTD – 2018
Madison Snow (1): GTD – 2021
Previous Motul Petit Le Mans Winning Teams in 2022 Field (15)
Corvette Racing (8): GTS – 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004; GT1 – 2005, 2007, 2008; GT2 – 2010
Risi Competizione (5): WSC – 1998; GT2 – 2008, 2009; GTLM – 2016, 2019
PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (4): PC – 2011, 2015, 2016; LMP2 – 2019
Wayne Taylor Racing (3): P – 2014, 2018; DPi – 2020
Action Express Racing (2): P – 2015; DPi – 2019
CORE autosport (2): PC – 2012; GTLM – 2015
Riley Motorsports (2): GTD – 2016, LMP3 – 2021
AF Corse (1): GT – 2011
BMW M Team RLL (1): GTLM – 2017
Heart of Racing Team (1): GTD – 2021
Meyer Shank Racing (1): P – 2016
Paul Miller Racing (1): GTD – 2014
Tower Motorsport (1): LMP2 – 2021
Turner Motorsport (1): GTD 2019
WeatherTech Racing (1): GTLM – 2021
Previous Motul Petit Le Mans Winning Manufacturers in 2022 Field (6)
Porsche – 22
Ferrari – 11
Chevrolet – 10
BMW – 3
Cadillac – 3
Aston Martin – 2

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