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Algarve Pro Announces LMP2 Driver Lineup

Algarve Pro Racing names 2018-19 drivers; former LMP1 racer Chris McMurry set for comeback…

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Algarve Pro Racing has confirmed that Anders Fjordbach, Chris McMurry and Mark Patterson will race for the team in the 2018-19 Asian Le Mans Series.

The trio will race a Ligier JSP2 Nissan in the newly formed LMP2 Am category for all-amateur driver lineups in the four-round championship, which gets underway next month at Shanghai International Circuit.

Danish racer Fjordbach and former LMP1 driver McMurry are both new to the Algarve Pro operation, while Patterson was part of the team’s 24 Hours of Le Mans crew this year.

Silver-rated Fjordbach has spent the last two years with High Class Racing in the European Le Mans Series LMP2 class, taking two podiums in 2017.

McMurry, whose son is youngest-ever Le Mans competitor Matt, is set to make his first race appearance in five years with his last outing being with Dyson Racing in the American Le Mans Series.

“For the last five or six years I’ve been focused solely on helping my son Matt get his driving career launched, and with that now well on its way, I decided to dust off the helmet and give it another run before too much more time passes,” said McMurry, who teamed up with Patterson at Petit Le Mans in 2012.

“I’ll be giving it my all, for the team, for Anders, and especially for Mark, who has been a good friend across the years and who, like Matt, has age-related 24 Hours of Le Mans records in mind.”

Algarve Pro Racing is set to enter two cars in 2018-19, with one competing for the Am Trophy and the other in the LMP2 Pro sub-class (en Français).

Both the LMP2 Pro and Am champions will receive automatic invites to Le Mans next year, along with the winners of LMP3 and GT.

“We looked at a lot of different options for our team’s 2018-19 Asian Le Mans Series campaign and a key objective was finding two quick bronze drivers to pair with a quick silver driver,” said Algarve Pro team principal Stewart Cox.

“Many bronze drivers are relatively new to the sport, so finding two with as much experience should really help.

“Anders was keen to get Asia experience and he’s shown to be a quick and safe pair of hands. We like this trio.”

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365 and e-racing365, with a focus on the FIA World Endurance Championship and various electric racing series.

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