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Coleman Among Murphy Signings for 4H Paul Ricard

Jonathan Coleman, Kevin Ceccon join Sean Doyle at Murphy Prototypes…

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Murphy Prototypes is set for another driver lineup reshuffle ahead of this weekend’s Four Hours of Le Castellet.

Sean Doyle remains in the team’s No. 48 Oreca 03R Nissan, and the Irishman has been the only driver to compete with the team in every round so far this season.

However, he will have two new faces alongside him in the Oreca Nissan. Jonathan Coleman returns to ELMS action after losing his So24! by Lombard Racing seat when the French outfit went bankrupt earlier in the year.

“Having started the season in the ELMS, I’m delighted to be back, so I’m really looking forward to this weekend at Paul Ricard,” the 34-year-old Englishman said.

Sports car debutant Kevin Ceccon completes the Murphy trio. The 25-year-old Italian is more familiar with open-wheel racing, and he has two GP3 Series race wins to his name, as well as an Auto GP title.

“I’m really happy to race with Murphy Prototypes in the ELMS this weekend,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity for me and coming from GP3 it’s going to be an interesting transition.”

“It’s no secret that Paul Ricard is one of our favorite circuits,” said team principal Greg Murphy.

“It’s great that we are able to continue our program of introducing drivers to our team and to endurance sports car racing.

“The rotation of drivers is bringing a new dynamic to the operation and while it is not necessarily the way to win a championship, it’s enabling us to build relationships and develop areas within the team with an eye towards the future.”

There is no LMP3 entry on the cards for Murphy Prototypes this weekend, but the Ave-Riley AR-2 is expected to make its race debut next month at Spa-Francorchamps.

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

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