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OAK to Run Ligier LMP2 in LM24, Asian LMS

OAK Racing Team TOTAL commits to Asian LMS with closed-top Ligier…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

There will be two of the new Ligier JS P2 cars in this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, with one of the LMP2 machines also set to take part in the upcoming Asian Le Mans Series season.

OAK Racing confirmed Thursday its 2014 global motorsport program, which includes entries in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, Asian LMS and FIA World Endurance Championship, the latter under the G-Drive Racing banner.

David Cheng and Ho-Pin Tung have been named drivers of the closed-top Ligier, which will be fitted with a Honda engine and Michelin tires. The five-round Asian LMS championship kicks off in Inje, Korea on July 6.

The Chinese duo’s first race of the year, however, will come at Le Mans, thanks to an automatic invite for winning last year’s championship. They will join TDS by Thiriet Racing as the only two teams expected to campaign the new OnRoak Automotive-designed car in the race.

OAK will have three entries in the twice-around-the-clock endurance classic, including the No. 35 Morgan-Nissan for nominated driver Alex Brundle.

The new Ligier is expected to begin on-track testing next month. It’s unclear if the car will make its debut at Le Mans or potentially earlier in the year, in the hands of TDS, and/or the factory team.

OAK’s new LMP1 car, meanwhile, is believed to have been put on hold after not finding an engine partner.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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