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35 Entries for 4H Silverstone

Thirty five cars set for ELMS season-opener in Silverstone…

Photo: ELMS

Photo: ELMS

A total of 35 car are on the provisional entry list for next month’s European Le Mans Series season-opening Four Hours of Silverstone.

The entry list, which was released Thursday, features the majority of the full-season entrants, as well as an additional entry for the GTC ranks.

ENTRY LIST: Four Hours of Silverstone

Twelve prototypes are set to do battle in LMP2, which features the most diverse class with ten different teams representing nine different countries and five different manufacturers.

While the likes of Jota Sport (Gibson 015S), Thiriet by TDS Racing (Oreca 05), Greaves Motorsport (Gibson), Murphy Prototypes (Oreca 03R) and Pegasus Racing (Morgan) return, they are joined by reigning FIA WEC LMP2 champions SMP Racing, with the scheduled debut of its new Nissan-powered BR01 chassis.

U.S.-based squad Krohn Racing (Ligier JS P2) and Asia’s Eurasia Motorsport (Oreca 03R), meanwhile, make their ELMS debuts, while Algarve Pro Racing (Ligier) and Ibanez (Oreca 03R) make their series returns.

The new-for-2015 LMP3 category provisionally sees seven entries, all Ginetta-Juno LMP3 cars, which have yet to begin on-track testing.

With only three of the cars on the entry list for the official pre-season test at Paul Ricard in 10 days’ time, it’s unclear how many of the cars will make the grid at Silverstone.

GTE sees a solid nine-car entry, with the majority being Ferrari 458 Italia GTs. AF Corse, AT Racing, Formula Racing and JMW Racing will represent the Prancing Horse yet again.

BMW Team Marc VDS, meanwhile, will give the BMW Z4 GTE its European debut, while Porsche 911 RSRs have been entered for Gulf Racing UK and Proton Competition, respectively.

Seven cars are set to do battle in GTC, with three AF Corse Ferraris, down from the team’s original four-car entry, alongside a Ferrari for defending class champions SMP Racing, a BMW Z4 GT3 for TDS Racing and Massive Motorsport’s Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3.

In addition to the full-season entries, Gulf Racing UK has entered a Lamborghini Gallardo for Silverstone for drivers Roald Goethe, Daniel Brown and Archie Hamilton.

The Four Hours of Silverstone is set for April 11.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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