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ELMS Set for Monza Return; 36 Cars on Entry List

ELMS set for Monza return with 36-strong entry list…

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

The European Le Mans Series returns to Monza this weekend for its second round of the season, and its first race at the legendary Italian circuit since 2008.

Thirty-six cars are on the provisional entry list ahead of Sunday’s four-hour race.


Twelve LMP2 cars will be fighting for overall honors, with a similar entry list to last month’s season-opener at Silverstone, albeit with two driver changes.

Matthieu Vaxiviere was due to replace Nathanael Berthon in the Panis Barthez Competition Ligier JS P217 Gibson, while Berthon focuses his efforts in the Blancpain GT Series at Silverstone, although a training injury has ruled Vaxviere out of the seat for this weekend.

The team will therefore run a two-driver lineup.

Olivier Pla, meanwhile, is set for his first race of the season with IDEC Sport Racing.

The Frenchman has a full-season drive in the No. 28 Ligier, but concentrated on his FIA World Endurance Championship program at Silverstone, where he was replaced by David Zollinger.

A mixture of five Ligiers, four Oreca 07 Gibsons and three Dallara P217 Gibsons makes up the LMP2 field.

Two LMP3 teams which ran two drivers at Silverstone have each added a third driver to their lineups, with Alexandre Coigny joining Cool Racing by CPC, while Lucas Legeret completes Duqueine Engineering’s No. 8 Ligier JS P3 Nissan entry.

Conversely, M.Racing – YMR has decided to run just two drivers in its Norma M30 Nissan, with Ricky Capo and Erwin Creed tackling the race as a twosome.

Maurizio Mediani steps in to replace Mikkel Jensen in the AT Racing car, meanwhile.

The GTE field sees the addition of Larbre Competition’s Corvette C7.R, which will be piloted by Christian Philippon and Romain Brandela. Fernando Rees will join the team in next month’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The only other change is the seven-car class is Jonny Cocker subbing in for Rory Butcher at JMW Motorsport.

ELMS track action gets underway on Friday, with the race at 1:30 p.m. local time on Sunday.

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

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