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By Speed Factory Confirms ELMS LMP3 Return

By Speed Factory confirms ELMS return with Ligier LMP3…

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Spanish team By Speed Factory announced on Monday that it will continue in the European Le Mans Series in 2017 with a Ligier JS P3 Nissan.

The team has been a part of the series’ LMP3 class since its inception in 2015, competing with a Ginetta before making the switch to Ligier in 2016.

Team manager Dalius Steponavicius is determined to have a stronger showing in 2017 than last year, following several unexpected hinderances that impacted on the team’s performance in 2016.

Bronze-rated drivers Tim Mueller and Juergen Krebs have been confirmed in the car so far, while the team is still undergoing talks with several professional drivers.

“I’m glad to announce that Tim Mueller and Juergen Krebs will join us as Bronze drivers,” said Steponavicius. “They both will bring with them loads of endurance racing and even Blancpain Series experience to the team.

“What is clear is that there is no limit to how much we can work with our new drivers in our winter testing programme. We have a lot work to do but, on their first outing with the Ligier Nissan LMP3, they showed an extremely good pace.

“I’m looking forward to carrying out new test days and of course I´m also looking forward to ELMS season start, which will be our third season in the series.

“We have already scheduled an extensive testing program for February and it will be our final preparation stage ahead of ELMS start.”

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist. He is a graduate of Politics and International Relations.

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