The provisional entry list for the second round of the European Le Mans Series, the Four Hours of Imola, has been released, with 42 cars set to take part.
ENTRY LIST: Four Hours of Imola
The field has two fewer entries than the season-opening Four Hours of Silverstone, as three cars have dropped off the entry list and only one new car is present.
Olivier Pla is set to replace Bjorn Wirdheim in the No. 40 Krohn Racing Ligier JS P2 Nissan, alongside Nic Jonsson and Tracy Krohn.
The No. 44 BR Engineering BR01 Nissan run by SMP Racing is also missing, after being raced at Silverstone by Sean Gelael, Mitch Evans and Antonio Giovinazzi. This leaves just the No. 32 car for SMP Racing.
The LMP3 class entry grows by one to reach 20 cars. Murphy Prototypes is still yet to receive its Ave-Riley AR-2, despite Tony Ave telling Sportscar365 that the target was to get the car ready for Imola.
Instead, Ave, Michael Cullen and Doug Peterson are set to compete at Imola in the Ginetta Nissan LMP3 machine, as the only team not running the Ligier JS P3 Nissan.
A new addition to the LMP3 field is the second Eurointernational car, which was originally set to race at Silverstone but didn’t. Andrea Dromedari and Fabio Mancini are slated to race the No. 12 Ligier.
David Droux is new to the No. 19 Duqueine Engineering squad, joining Dino Lunardi and David Hallyday. The team had competed at Silverstone with just the two drivers.
Eight cars are to make up the GTE grid, down one from Silverstone. The missing car in question is the second Aston Martin Racing entry.
The No. 96 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE was raced at Silverstone by Roald Goethe, Stuart Hall and Richie Stanaway, but will not continue into Imola, leaving just the Beechdean AMR-run Aston Martin.
Davide Rigon will replace Alessandro Pier Guidi at the wheel of the AT Racing Ferrari F458 Italia, while Klaus Bachler will fill in for Richard Lietz in the No. 88 Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR, with Gianluca Roda and Christian Ried.
Darren Turner continues his stint in the No. 99 Beechdean Aston Martin, teaming up with Andrew Howard and Alex MacDowall.
Turner sat in for Jonny Adam at Silverstone, with the Scot busy racing in British GT. This time around, Adam has a clash with his Blancpain GT Series commitments.
The Four Hours of Imola will take place on May 15.