Eurointernational has confirmed the purchase of two new Ligier JS P3 cars, which will be run in the 2015/2016 Asian Le Mans Series as well as next year’s European Le Mans Series season, ahead of the team’s targeted return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The Italian squad, led by Antonio Ferrari, has entrusted Onroak Automotive to supply CN, LMP3 and potentially LMP2 chassis for its multi-platform effort in the prototype ranks.
“I’m very proud that Eurointernational has chosen Ligier for its endurance comeback,” said Onroak Automotive President Jacques Nicolet. ”
“I’m sure that we’ll achieve great things with this team whose results and professionalism are undeniable assets.
“They have worked with the best, and their CN – LM P3 – LM P2 program are in perfect line with our intention to accompany our clients up through the various levels of the endurance pyramid.”
Former A1 GP and Formula One test driver Giorgio Mondini will be one of the drivers for Eurointernational’s LMP3 effort, which will kick off at Fuji Speedway in October.
With the LMP3 class champion in the Asian LMS being awarded an automatic invitation to Le Mans for LMP2, Ferrari is hopeful to take his team back to La Sarthe next year in a Ligier JS P2.
“For us it’s a challenging project to come back into endurance, and it’s especially exciting with this new car and the new LMP3 category,” he said.
“Our main goal is to win the Italian Championship with the Ligier JS 53 EVO 2, and the Asian Le Mans Series with the Ligier JS P3. My dream is to be back in Le Mans next year.”
The team, which had a strong North American presence, last competed in the French endurance classic in 1995 when it fielded a Ferrari 333SP for Massimo Sigala, Jay Cochran and Rene Arnoux.