Indian racing driver Parth Ghorpade will complete the lineup of Algarve Pro Racing in this year’s European Le Mans Series.
The 22-year-old open-wheel convert will compete in all six rounds of the championship, starting with next weekend’s season-opener at Silverstone.
Ghorpade will join Michael Munemann and Sir Chris Hoy in the No. 25 Ligier JS P2 Nissan. Hoy is set to be replaced by Renault Sport Trophy champion and RS01 development driver Andrea Pizzitola after Le Mans.
Ghorpade tested with the team at the official pre-season test at Paul Ricard last month.
“We were very impressed with his maturity and focus,” team principal Stewart Cox said.
“Given the limited time Parth had in the car we were really impressed with how quickly he adapted to the LMP2 car, and how quickly he got up to speed.”
“I’m really happy to be working with Algarve Pro Racing, there is a really good atmosphere and buzz around the team and I look forward to a long association with them,” Ghorpade said.
“The switch for me from single-seaters to a prototype was not as easy as it looked, but as I got more miles in the car I began to feel more at home.”
“It’s a fantastic car to drive and racing in ELMS with some big motorsport names is going to be a fantastic opportunity for me. I’m really looking forward to working with Chris, Michael and Andrea and can’t wait to get started.”