in the shadow of the changes in the Technical Regulations of the WEC and the exemptions provided for new brands, the FIA and the ACO have also made small adjustments in the operation of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, being the measure with the greatest impact the change of regulation in relation to the last lap. Until last year, any participant had to complete the last lap of the race in less than 6 minutes or else it was excluded. After seeing what happened with the Toyota TS050 Hybrid #5 in 2016, this rule has been modified to avoid arriving at a measure so extreme.
The new regulation now allows a car not to be excluded if you complete the final lap in a period between 6 and 15 minutes, although will accumulate laps lost according to the time performed. With a time below 7 minutes, the participant will lose a turn, while if the record is under 8 minutes will be penalised with two twists. If your time is between 9 and 10 minutes will suffer 4 turns of punishment, while above 10 minutes and up to 15 will be eight laps of penalty. Over this time, maintaining the exclusion.
If this regulation had been in effect in 2016, the Toyota TS050 Hybrid #5 of Davidson, Buemi and Nakajima would have been able to keep the podium, as I complete the last turn in something less than 12 minutes, which would have meant suffering a penalty of eight laps and finish in third position. Although, in practical terms, losing the victory in the last turn does not change, adding up to the score double, which gives the 24 Hours of Le Mans may prove to be very important in terms of the final classification of riders and builders of the Endurance World.
in Addition to the new regulations of the last lap, the 24 Hours of Le Mans also vary the deadlines for registration and confirmation of pilots. The inscriptions will be closed the 24 of January and the list of the 60 cars will be revealed on Thursday, February 2nd. Each team must confirm its drivers before the may 11, with no accepted changes after this date except for causes of force majeure and with the approval of the Sports Committee of the ACO. Teams with more than one car will not be able to swap pilots, or allowed pilots to reserve. It has also been fixed a second invitation IMSA for a LMP2 and the option of selecting two candidates for the Box 56.