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ELMS - 11/02/2020
The entry list for the 2020 European Le Mans Series has been revealed with a maximum entry of 40 cars across the three classes.
18 Cars for LMP2
LMP2 will once again see 18 cars, almost all of the 2019 teams returning in 2020. IDEC Sport will defend their hard-won ELMS title with the Oreca 07-Gibson and 2019 drivers champion Paul Lafargue being named as the lead driver. Last year’s runners up, G-Drive Racing, is also returning with the Russian flagged Aurus 01-Gibson driven by Roman Rusinov.
Fresh from their class win at the 24 Hours of Daytona last month, DragonSpeed return to the ELMS with 2019 driver’s champion Memo Rojas moving to the American team from IDEC Sport, while the racing winning United Autosports team return with a two-car entry. Inter Europol Competition double their effort with two Ligier chassis and Thunderhead Carlin Racing return for a second season with the only Dallara P217 on the 2020 grid.
Two new teams will grace the LMP2 grid this season. French team Ultimate are stepping up from LMP3 with Jean-Baptiste Lahaye being named as the lead driver. A new team, Richard Mille Racing Team, will enter a single Oreca 07-Gibson for former Indycar racer and 2018 IMSA GTD Vice Champion Katherine Legge. There are also entries for High Class Racing, Algarve Pro Racing, Duqueine Team, Panis Racing, BHK Motorsport, Cool Racing and Graff.
New Era for LMP3
2020 marks a new era in LMP3 with the Ligier JS P320 and Duqueine M30-D08 making their international racing debut. 13 entries will be on the grid this season with Eurointernational and Inter Europol Competition both returning to renew their battles for championship glory. Nigel Moore returns for Inter Europol while the lead driver in the Eurointernational Ligier will be Harrison Newey.
Reigning LMP2 champions IDEC Sport have entered a single Ligier for Patrice Lafargue, while United Autosports and Nielsen Racing have, once again, entered two cars each, with Ligier for United Autosports and Duqueine for Nielsen Racing.
DKR Engineering, 360 Racing, Realteam Racing, Graff and RLR MSport all return with a single car entry.
9 cars for the fight in LMGTE
The LMGTE grid will comprise 9 cars in 2020. In total there are 7 Ferraris and 2 Porsches on the LMGTE entry, the German marque being represented by two 911s run by Proton Competition and Dempsey Proton Racing.
For Ferrari, AF Corse, JMW Motorsport, Spirit of Race and Kessel Racing all return and will be joined by a new Italian team, Iron Lynx. The two-car entry will have Claudio Schiavoni in the no60 488 and Manuela Gostner returns in the no83 Ferrari.
The 2020 European Le Mans Series will start in Barcelona with the official two-day test, which starts on Monday 30 March, and concludes with Round 1, the 4 Hours of Barcelona, on Sunday 5 April.
Gérard Neveu, CEO of the European Le Mans Series, said: “We are pleased to announce once again a huge 40 car ELMS grid for 2020. The LMP2 grid is very strong, with top teams and drivers. The LMP3 grid will feature the new second generation cars from Ligier and Duqueine and also shows a strong line up, while we look forward to another epic season of intense battles between Porsche and Ferrari in LMGTE. With six 4-hour races on some of Europe’s top circuits, our path forward for 2020 is looking promising and we look forward to seeing you on the 5th of April in Barcelona for the start of the season.”
CLICK HERE to watch the video of the unveiling of the 2020 European Entry List
CLICK HERE to download the 2020 European Le Mans Series entry list
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