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Tockwith to Give Ligier JS P217 WEC Debut at Spa

Tockwith to make Ligier JS P217 Gibson’s WEC debut at 6H Spa…

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

As revealed by Sportscar365 in February, Tockwith Motorsports will join the FIA World Endurance Championship for the WEC Six Hours of Spa next month, making the Ligier JS P217 Gibson’s series debut.

The British team, which is already running its Ligier in the European Le Mans Series and 24 Hours of Le Mans, told Sportscar365 it was evaluating entering up to four WEC rounds in addition, including Spa.

Nigel Moore and Phil Hanson are listed on the provisional entry list for the second round of the WEC season, joined by ex-Formula 1 driver Karun Chandhok.

The team’s Ligier joins a field of ten Oreca 07 Gibsons, including two badged as Alpine A470 Gibsons, and will be the first time the new-generation Ligier has run in the series.

Last weekend’s ELMS season-opening Four Hours of Silverstone featured five Ligiers, including the Tockwith car, which finished fifth. 

Although the team has made no indication on whether it still plans to enter any further WEC rounds, although team principal Simon Moore told Sportscar365 he was looking at the Spa, Nürburgring, Shanghai and Bahrain rounds.

Chandhok will also join Nigel Moore and Hanson at Tockwith for its debut attempt at the 24 Hours 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

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. seth

    April 19, 2017 at 9:55 am

    awesome, beats Formula Oreca

    • AF

      April 19, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      Which in turn beats Cadillac Prototype International.

      • Why are WECfans scared by IMSA

        April 19, 2017 at 2:54 pm

        Except there are actually other cars in IMSA, they were ALL Orecas at Silverstone. Including the renamed, against the rules as they were written, ‘Alpines’ but then they are French so of course we’ll change the rules.

      • Andy Flinn

        April 19, 2017 at 4:02 pm

        AF, it does?

        I think Seth was referring to the fact that the only cars signed up for the WEC had been Oreca/Gibsons.

        Variety is always better. It allows the cream (Dallara/Cadillac) to rise to the top.

        • Larry

          April 19, 2017 at 7:55 pm

          Yeah, the cream rises to the top with some rules help.

          At Sebring, during practice, one of the Nissans hit more boost than they were allowed and were faster than the Caddies. They made the Nissan reduce their boost.

          The cream is only rising to the top because NASIMSA wants GrandAm V2.0.

          Other manufacturers are not gonna be interested in coming if it’s gonna be that way.

          NASIMSA originally stated that the WEC Gibson engined P2s would be the standard for performance.

          Yeah, about that……………….

          • Andres

            April 19, 2017 at 9:31 pm

            TELL ME, HOW A CAR LIKE THE NEW P2 SPEC CARS, AND THE NISSAN DPI, THAT WE ALL KNOW THAT HAVE NO TESTING HOURS EXCEPTING FOR THE RACES THEY RAN UNTIL TODAY, CAN BE COMPETITIVE AGAINST A CAR THAT HAS A YEAR OR SOME OF DEVELOPEMENT, THE MANUFACTURERS KNEW ABOUT THE DPI A YEAR AND A HALF AGO OR EVEN MORE, AND THE ONLY ONE OF THE INTERESTED ONES IN THAT FORMULA THAT STARTED TO DEVELOPE THINGS WERE THE PEOPLE OF GM, SO YOU CANNOT BLAME THE WINNERS OF THREE RACES IN A ROW TO BE RELIABLE AND BETTER PREPARED THAN THE OTHER CARS ONLY BECAUSE THEY STARTED DEVELPING THE CAR SO MUCH EARLIER

      • Andres

        April 19, 2017 at 9:25 pm

        FOR WHAT WE HAD SEEN TO THIS DAY THE GIBSON ENGINE IS NO MATCH AT ALL FOR THE CADILLAC ONE

  2. WBrowning

    April 20, 2017 at 7:31 am

    I would love to see the dyno results of the 4.2L Gibson vs. 6.2L “Cadillac” Chevy as handicapped by IMSA. The Gibson is supposed to be the baseline power for the class and all others will be BoP to it. Doesn’t really look like it so far, does it?

  3. WBrowning

    April 20, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Damn it I FORGOT TO TYPE IN ALL CAPS!

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