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41 Cars on Full-Season Entry List

Forty-one cars on full-season European Le Mans Series entry list…

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Forty-one cars are on the full-season European Le Mans Series entry list which was revealed on Thursday, marking an increase from last year.

The largest increase comes in the LMP2 class, which has expanded up to 17 cars. 

It includes seven Oreca 07 Gibsons, six Ligier JS P217 Gibsons and four Dallara P217 Gibsons with the class size up by five from the season-ending Four Hours of Portimao last October.

Series regulars DragonSpeed, G-Drive Racing, Duqueine Engineering and Graff are amongst the Oreca entries, while United Autosports, Panis Barthez Competition and Algarve Pro Racing are some of the Ligier teams.

Algarve Pro Racing will field an all-Bronze lineup of Mark Patterson, Tacksung Kim and Ate De Jong in a Ligier while also partnering with Rebellion Racing to run an Oreca driven by Harrison Newey and Thomas Laurent.

Fifteen Ligier JS P3 Nissans will be joined by a trio of Norma M30 Nissans in LMP3, which is again the largest class.

A combination of new and returning teams are present in the category, including United Autosports, M Racing – YMR and Ultimate.

Michelin Le Mans Cup champion DKR Engineering and runner up Ecurie Ecosse / Nielsen will graduate to the series.

The GTE field remains at six cars with three Porsche 911 RSRs and three Ferrari 488 GTEs. 

Spirit of Race, JMW Motorsport and Krohn Racing will enter Ferraris while Ebimotors will be joined by a pair of Proton Competition entries in running Porsches.

Neither TF Sport nor Beechdean AMR will return with their Aston Martin Vantage GTEs.

LMP2 (17 Entries)
21 – DragonSpeed – Oreca 07 Gibson – Henrik Hedman
22 – United Autosports – Ligier JS P217 Gibson – Phil Hanson
23 – Panis Barthez Competition – Ligier JS P217 Gibson – Timothe Buret
24 – Racing Engineering – Oreca 07 Gibson – Norman Nato
25 – Algarve Pro Racing – Ligier JS P217 Gibson – Mark Patterson
26 – G-Drive Racing – Oreca 07 Gibson – Roman Rusinov
27 – IDEC Sport – Ligier JS P217 Gibson – Patrice Lafargue
28 – IDEC Sport – Ligier JS P217 Gibson – Paul Lafargue
29 – Duqueine Engineering – Oreca 07 Gibson – Marvin Klein
30 – AVF by Adrian Valles – Dallara P217 Gibson – Konstantin Tereschenko
31 – APR-Rebellion Racing – Oreca 07 Gibson – Harrison Newey
32 – United Autosports – Ligier JS P217 Gibson – William Owen
35 – SMP Racing – Dallara P217 Gibson – Victor Shaitar
39 – Graff – Oreca 07 Gibson – Alexandre Cougnaud
40 – G-Drive Racing – Oreca 07 Gibson – James Allen
47 – Cetilar Villorba Corse – Dallara P217 Gibson – Roberto Lacorte
49 – High Class Racing – Dallara P217 Gibson – Dennis Andersen

LMP3 (18 Entries)
2 – United Autosports – Ligier JS P3 Nissan – John Falb
3 – United Autosports – Ligier JS P3 Nissan – Anthony Wells
4 – Cool Racing – Ligier JS P3 Nissan – Alexandre Coigny
5 – Nefis by Speed Factory – Ligier JS P3 Nissan – Timur Boguslavskiy
6 – 360 Racing – Ligier JS P3 Nissan – Terrence Woodward
7 – Ecurie Ecosse / Nielsen – Ligier JS P3 Nissan – Colin Noble
8 – DKR Engineering – Norma M30 Nissan – Alexander Toril
9 – AT Racing – Ligier JS P3 Nissan – Alexander Talkanitsa
10 – Oregon Team – Norma M30 Nissan – Andres Mendez
11 – Eurointernational – Ligier JS P3 Nissan – Ricky Capo
12 – Eurointernational – Ligier JS P3 Nissan – Andrea Dromedari
13 – Inter Europol Competition – Ligier JS P3 Nissan – Jakub Smiechowski
14 – Inter Europol Competition – Ligier JS P3 Nissan – Paul Scheuschner
15 – RLR MSport – Ligier JS P3 Nissan – John Farano
16 – BHK Motorsport – Ligier JS P3 Nissan – Francesco Dracone
17 – Ultimate – Ligier JS P3 Nissan – Mathieu Lahaye
18 – M Racing.YMR – Ligier JS P3 Nissan – Laurent Millara
19 – M Racing-YMR – Norma M30 Nissan – Nicolas Ferrer

GTE (6 Entries)
55 – Spirit of Race – Ferrari 488 GTE – Duncan Cameron
66 – JMW Motorsport – Ferrari 488 GTE – Liam Griffin
77 – Proton Competition – Porsche 911 RSR – Matteo Cairoli
80 – Ebimotors – Porsche 911 RSR – Fabio Babini
83 – Krohn Racing – Ferrari 488 GTE – Tracy Krohn
88 – Proton Competition – Porsche 911 RSR – Matt Campbell

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is Sportscar365's European Editor and also Managing Editor for e-racing365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations and is a member of the Autosport Academy. Contact Jake

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. JORDAN W HOPWOOD

    February 8, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    When does the Le Mans and WEC entry list get released?

    • Johannes275

      February 8, 2018 at 3:01 pm

      Tomorrow, February 9th.

      • Barber

        February 8, 2018 at 7:40 pm

        Thanks, will there be a live stream? If so what time if you know

  2. Johannes275

    February 8, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    Very interesting entry list indeed, for the LMP2/3 parts. GTE looks kinda lame now with no Astons. That might be because they’re all going off to WEC. Speaking of which, really looking forward to who’ll be around in WEC in the “Super Season” tomorrow.

    • Steven

      February 8, 2018 at 5:37 pm

      ELMS always has had trouble getting a solid GTE count. But the LMP2/3 is extremely solid. Can’t wait to see another great season that these guys put on. Plus, the live stream is free and in HD.

  3. daedalus

    February 8, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    A very respectable grid indeed. The LMP2 grid puts the WEC to shame. United Autosports and G-drive would be the odds on favorite but they have allot of competition this year.

    • vanillachinchilla

      February 8, 2018 at 8:30 pm

      how is that ? WEC has a smaller capacity, will likely have over 10 all LMP1 cars, 10 GTE pro cars, and at least 6 GTE Am, less P2s but enough… ill take wec over this pro-am series

  4. Marco

    February 9, 2018 at 7:04 am

    Wonder how they will manage this with number of pit garages. Max used to be 36 at Spa for instance (upper pit lane).

  5. Tim

    February 9, 2018 at 7:59 am

    A bit surprised that there is not already 10 GTE. WEC is supposedly over subscribed and will turn away some GT AM cars so I thought the refugees would land here.

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