The best and biggest battle will be at the back of Le Mans

The best and biggest battle will be at the back of Le Mans

While Fernando Alonso and Toyota will be dominating the headlines despite a lack of competition at the head of the Le Mans grid, the GTE Pro class is set to be a close fight for victory between a manufacturer entry list LMP1 can only dream of

The 1999 edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours is often looked back upon as a classic year for manufacturer participation. Twenty years on, it's a very similar story - but the difference is that it's not for outright honours.

Just as the World Endurance Championship's LMP1 golden age was coming to an end, a new one was starting in the GTE Pro class. The arrival of the Ford GT in 2016, combined with the entry of the Ferrari 488 GTE, created an unprecedented amount of interest in the third tier at the Circuit de la Sarthe. Since then, the category has only blossomed further.

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