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Larbre Submits 24H Le Mans Entry Request With Ligier LMP2

Larbre Competition reveals plans of Le Mans entry with Ligier JS P217 Gibson…

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Larbre Competition is poised for its return to LMP2 competition as part of a new effort fielding Ligier prototypes across multiple championships.

The French squad confirmed on Wednesday that it will enter the Michelin Le Mans Cup with a pair of Ligier JS P3 Nissans (pictured above), while also entering a Ligier JS P217 Gibson for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Longtime Larbre driver Fernando Rees has been listed as the team’s nominated driver for Le Mans.

Should its entry request be granted, it would mark Larbre’s 25th appearance in the French endurance classic and only second in LMP2, following its class debut with a Morgan LMP2 Judd in 2014.

“Choosing Ligier was obvious, as it allows us to compete in two classes, and work with Onroak Automotive again,” team principal Jack Leconte said.

“In addition to this, we are delighted to welcome Fernando back to the team.

“Last year at Le Mans he set pole position in the LM GTE-Am at the wheel of our Corvette, and will be a great asset to get our Ligier JS P217 to the front of the pack.”

It’s unclear how Larbre intends to secure its Le Mans entry, as ACO rules have typically required full-season participation in either the European or Asian Le Mans Series or IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

All FIA World Endurance Championship teams, meanwhile, are given auto-invites to the race, which features twice on the 2018/19 ‘Super Season’ calendar.

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

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Dan

    January 17, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Well, there went chances of seeing a corvette in the WEC. Guess Jack Leconte has finally given up on GM giving him some support for a GTE PRO entry and not bothered trying to run the older spec corvette anymore.

  2. Azuma

    January 17, 2018 at 7:32 am

    Hey John D, do you know when the ACO is going to announce the entrie lists for the WEC, ELMS, etc.
    It’s gotta be soon.

    Hope Larbre gets that 24H Le Mans Entry.

    • AF

      January 17, 2018 at 8:31 am

      February 9th is the date.

      • Azuma

        January 17, 2018 at 9:10 am

        Thank you.

  3. Gilbert

    January 17, 2018 at 7:41 am

    It would be very, very wrong if regular P2 entrants loose out to Labre for a LeMans invitation.

    • Slicks in the wet

      January 17, 2018 at 8:53 am

      Entry will depend upon which team has more les liasions Francais.as all things ACO/FIA…

    • Andy Flinn

      January 17, 2018 at 12:24 pm

      Why? Do you know how many times Larbre has raced at Le Mans?

      Besides, both Le Mans and the WEC need all the non-Oreca/Gibsons they can get in LMP2.

      • blaneysellstrashbags@thering24

        January 17, 2018 at 1:07 pm

        Exactly…I am thinking the Riley Multimatic thats in IMSA will also get an invite simply because its gonna be the only Riley to apply.

  4. N8

    January 17, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    If they need to cap the entries, it’ll be GTE-Am that pays the price. They’ve got a better shot at getting a spot in P2.

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