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AVF to Field Dallara LMP2 in ELMS

Spanish single-seater regular AVF to make move to ELMS with Dallara P217 Gibson…

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Spanish single-seater team AVF is set to move into the European Le Mans Series next season with a Dallara P217 Gibson, the team announced on Thursday.

The Adrian Valles-led outfit has been a regular in single-seater series including World Series Formula V8 3.5 and Formula Renault 2.0.

Following the demise of the World Series, the Spanish outfit has decided to enter endurance racing with Dallara, building on its existing relationship with the Italian constructor.

It is yet to indicate which drivers will race the Dallara next season.

AVF fielded Egor Orudzhev and Matevos Isaakyan in the World Series this year, the same drivers who scored the Dallara P217 Gibson’s first race win in the ELMS round at Paul Ricard in August.

“I’m delighted to announce that AVF will join endurance racing for the 2018 ELMS season, and for this brand-new adventure, we decided to choose Dallara,” commented Valles.

“In addition to being an incredibly professional motorsport manufacturer, we have enjoyed being partners with them for a long time. They are the right people to help us in terms of developing our endurance operation.

“On my side, back when I was a racing driver I had the chance to race in the Le Mans 24 Hours, which was a great experience with Epsilon Euskadi, the first Spanish LMP1 car.

“It still is one of my best memories. I’m happy I can return this kind of competition now as a Team Principal. Hopefully we can be another Spanish squad able to write history and dream of Le Mans.”

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist focusing on European series for Sportscar365. Kilshaw was the founder of WorldSportsCar.co.uk and is a member of the Autosport Academy. Contact Jake

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