Inter Europol Competition is set to move up to the LMP2 class of the European Le Mans Series after purchasing a Ligier JSP217.
The Polish outfit, which currently races a pair of LMP3-class Ligiers in the ELMS, is continuing its relationship with chassis builder Onroak Automotive.
It plans to continue running its LMP3 cars in 2019 but will add an additional full-season LMP2 program on top of that, with drivers for all three entries to be confirmed at a later date.
“We have been successfully racing with the LMP3 over the last three years and are now ready to move up in the LMP world and will join the big league,” said team director Michael Keese.
“We know it will be a steep learning curve and it will be tough. With running both the LMP3 and the LMP2 we can offer drivers the opportunity to grow to the next level in the sport within the team.”
Inter Europol ran the 2016 and 2017 seasons for the ELMS with a single Ligier JS P3 Nissan, before adding a second car ahead of the current campaign.
Its first podium came in last year’s 4 Hours of Le Castellet where Jakub Smiechowski and Martin Hippe finished second, while the same drivers currently sit fifth in this season’s standings.
The team is also set to add an Asian Le Mans Series program for 2018-19 with a pair of LMP3 Ligiers.
“The team placed Ligier on top of the LMP3 charts by winning the LMP3 title in VdeV Endurance Series in 2016 and 2017,” said Onroak Automotive president Jacques Nicolet.
“We are excited that Inter Europol Competition has chosen the Ligier JS P217 to start a new adventure in the LMP2 category”