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Inter Europol to Join Asian LMP2 Ranks Next Season

LMP3 champion team steps up to LMP2 class with current-gen Ligier…

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Inter Europol Competition has announced plans to step up to the LMP2 class of the Asian Le Mans Series next season.

The Polish squad, which secured the 2018-19 Asian LMP3 title with its Ligier JS P3 Nissan driven by Martin Hippe and Jakub Smiechowski, will now run a Ligier JS P217 Gibson in the top category.

Inter Europol already competes in the LMP2 class of the European Le Mans Series with a Ligier, and is set to make its 24 Hours of Le Mans debut next month.

Smiechowski is one of the confirmed drivers for its Asian term, while more details of the program – which could expand to two cars – are set to be released at a later date.

Inter Europol has become the second team to pursue an entry for the new-look Asian LMP2 class that will use the current-generation Gibson-powered cars for the first time next season.

They will run in the main Pro-Am category for overall race honors while previous-gen LMP2s with free engine choice will be permitted in the Am Trophy bracket.

Eurasia Motorsport is also planning to run the Ligier package in 2019-20.

“We are very happy to once again enter the Asian Le Mans Series,” said Inter Europol team principal Sascha Fassbender.

“It was a pleasure to be part of this series last year and obviously the result was fantastic too. We think it will be a much tougher season then the last one as there will be more cars. But that challenge is something we are already looking forward to.”

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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