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OAK Confirms Ligier-HPD for COTA Debut

OAK Racing confirms Ligier JS P2 HPD for Yacaman, Brundle…


OAK Racing confirmed Thursday that the Ligier JS P2 will make its North American debut at Circuit of The Americas, with Gustavo Yacaman and Alex Brundle set to handle driving duties of the No. 42 entry in the Lone Star Le Mans TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race.

The French squad, which had originally considered a two-car effort for the final two TUDOR Championship races of the season, has elected to instead focus on a single-car program with the HPD-powered Ligier, which replaces its Morgan-Nissan.

Built and developed by OAK’s manufacturing arm, Onroak Automotive, the closed-top LMP2 car made its debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which saw Brundle nearly pull off a class win with a Nissan-powered model.

COTA will mark the car’s first time on Continental tires, while also adjusting to IMSA’s increased air restrictor allowed for P2-based machinery.

“The team is thrilled to bits by this new challenge,” said team principal Philippe Dumas. “We’ll have a big setup job to do during practice.

“Our motivation’s still as strong as ever and a top-three finish is our prime target. We’re going to Austin with a lot of humility and high hopes.

“We’ll do everything possible to score a good result on the Ligier JS P2’s first outing on the North American continent, and we also want to shine at Road Atlanta.”

Brundle added: “The Ligier chassis is one I know well from my role in the development process and participation at Le Mans, but the HPD engine is a new challenge for me.

“We will have to get out heads around the machinery quickly to achieve a good result. ”

Yacaman and the team currently sit fourth in the Prototype championship standings, the highest of any P2 team, heading into the penultimate round of the season.

Olivier Pla, who shared the wheel with Yacaman for the team’s first TUDOR Championship win at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, is expected to be the third driver for Petit Le Mans.

The Frenchman will focus on his FIA WEC duties at COTA with the OAK-run G-Drive Racing outfit, which will also mark the first race for its Nissan-powered Ligier.

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 Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John



  1. Pat

    September 4, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    At least we’ll get to see a good looking prototype in TUSC once or twice before OAK decides to sit TUSC out next year because the BoP is so awesome.

  2. vince

    September 4, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    American DP Technology will crush this Eurocrap. America, YEAH!

    • Scott

      September 4, 2014 at 1:26 pm

      The words DP and technology do not belong in the same sentence. 😉

    • Gordon

      September 4, 2014 at 1:27 pm

      Wait, what?

      DP technology? That sir is the dictionary definition of a contradiction in terms.

      • Enzo Brocker

        September 4, 2014 at 2:12 pm

        I believe he meant “American DP BoP”

        • JohnRamella

          September 4, 2014 at 2:29 pm

          Ahh… the Super 15. ROFLMAO.

      • vince

        September 4, 2014 at 4:12 pm

        Contradiction? That is not even a word. I am not stupid you know.

        • Adrian

          September 4, 2014 at 10:08 pm

          Are you kidding us right now? Wow…

          “Contradiction: The act of saying something that is opposite or very different in meaning to something else”

          Maybe not stupid, but certainly ignorant.

          • CK1

            September 4, 2014 at 10:11 pm

            wow, you just got trolled super hard. congrats.

    • Pandemonium135

      September 5, 2014 at 5:35 am

      You sir, must be really stupid.

  3. Scott

    September 4, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Why the switch to HPD power?

    • Ric

      September 4, 2014 at 2:13 pm

      I’m guessing this is the same car they ran as Oak Team Asia at Le Mans.

      • Jefferson

        September 4, 2014 at 2:18 pm

        Yes, it’s that OAK Racing Team Asia Ligier. It’s a way to develop more the HPD engine.

  4. Travis

    September 4, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Sad that they aren’t going to continue with the two car effort it would have been great to see both the Ligier and the Morgan on track together here in the states run by the full factory team.

  5. Kirk

    September 4, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    I’ll be crossing my fingers that the new Oak Ligier will be able to do at least as well as their Morgan-Nissan has done all season. There will probably be a LOT of potential customers watching COTA and Petit wondering if a Ligier will be a competitive option in the TUSC. If not, 2015 might be truly bleak on the P2 front.

    • Issac

      September 4, 2014 at 3:16 pm

      I think it will be as competitive as the Morgan but i’m noting holding my breath that it’ll be massively more competitive.

      • Jason

        September 4, 2014 at 3:54 pm

        I disagree based on what we saw of them at Le Mans I think the Ligier is a huge step up from the Morgan. Look for Oak to contend for overall victory for sure at COTA.

        • Issac

          September 4, 2014 at 4:54 pm

          In WEC spec it was competitive but in TUSC spec with DP favoring tires not likely to compete unless the track favors them. A roof isnt going to fix the disadvantages a P2 has TUSC.

  6. N8

    September 5, 2014 at 9:39 am

    In this series, I’d probably rather have the Nissan engine over the HPD, but at this point, what difference does it make, right?

  7. racefan101

    September 5, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    I don’t think will be much more competitive than the Morgan if that at all. They will have to run continentals and will have to deal with the BOP advantage of the DPs. COTA and Road Atlanta right now will be DPs tracks.

  8. Geordi

    September 7, 2014 at 5:54 am

    Why don’t they make 2 classes out of the P class in the USC. DP and LMP2. It would raise the number of P2 entrants because it would be relevant again to compete in, maybe not for the overall win, but a LMP2 class win. They should really consider this…

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