Julien Canal will substitute for Ozz Negri in the next round of the European Le Mans Series season at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, on July 11-12.
Canal will join Krohn Racing team regulars Nic Jonsson and Tracy Krohn aboard the No. 40 Ligier JS P2 Judd for the third round of the ELMS.
It’s a natural fill-in as Canal races one of the G-Drive Racing Ligier JS P2 Nissans in the FIA World Endurance Championship, and with Negri on TUDOR United SportsCar Championship duty at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park next weekend.
“We are glad that Julien was able to step in for Ozz for the Red Bull Ring round of the ELMS with us,” Krohn said.
“He has experience and success in the Ligier and that has proven to be a benefit for us this year with both Ozz and Joao (Barbosa) at Le Mans. Julien came recommended and that was good enough for us.”
Canal and Krohn have known each other since 2011, but this marks the first time they’ve driven together.
“I met Tracy in 2011 when we participated in the same ILMC (International Le Mans Cup) and 24 Hours of Le Mans,” Canal said. “Since 2011, we have participated in same championship for these last years in the same category – GTE-Am.
“When my team manager spoke to me about this opportunity to race with the Krohn team, I accepted with pleasure. I think the Ligier is one of the best LMP2 cars and believe we will have a good result at Red Bull Ring.”
Canal joins Negri (ELMS), Barbosa (Le Mans), Olivier Pla (Daytona and Sebring) and Alex Brundle (Daytona) as extra drivers for Krohn Racing this year.