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Greaves Pulls Plug on Gibson ELMS Entry

Greaves Motorsport pulls Gibson-Nissan entry from ELMS…

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Greaves Motorsport will not field its 2015 European Le Mans Series championship-winning Gibson 015S Nissan this season, with the British squad set to focus on a single-car Ligier JS P2 Nissan effort in the ELMS and at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Sportscar365 has learned that the team’s Gibson-Nissan has also been pulled from the reserve list for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It had been the first reserve with nominated driver Alex Brundle.

A full-season entry in one of the continental championships is required for its Le Mans entry to be confirmed.

The team recently tested LMP3 champion Chis Hoy in the open-top LMP2 contender, with an eye to put together a season-long program, but did not materialize in time.

Greaves will instead focus on its new Ligier Nissan for Memo Rojas, Julien Canal and a third, yet-to-be-announced Gold-rated driver. The team will also operate Krohn Racing’s Ligier Nissan in the ELMS and at Le Mans.

Both cars will be in attendance during this week’s official pre-season test at Paul Ricard, which gets underway on Tuesday.

No fewer than three other teams, meanwhile, have dropped off the reserve list for Le Mans as well, with deadlines approaching for final confirmation of entries.

Yves Courage’s plans for an ELMS and Le Mans effort with a BR Engineering BR01 Nissan are understood to not have materialized either, with the legendary Frenchman pulling withdrawing its full-season and Le Mans reserve entry as well.

SMP Racing is believed to field a single BR01 Nissan in the ELMS instead, with Julian Leal as one of the drivers.

Two American teams have also pulled their potential Le Mans bids, with Riley Motorsports and DragonSpeed withdrawing their reserve entries, which were originally 7th and 8th, respectively, on the list.

Ben Keating, who was hopeful of a return to the GTE-Am class, will instead move to Murphy Prototype’s Oreca 03R Nissan alongside Jeroen Bleekemolen and Marc Goossens.

Le Mans Reserve Entries (Unofficial)
25 – Algarve Pro Racing – Ligier JS P2 Nissan – Michael Munemann
76 – JMW Motorsport – Ferrari F458 Italia – Robert Smith
29 – Pegasus Racing – Morgan Nissan – Ines Taittinger
24 – OAK Racing – Ligier JS P2 Judd – Jacques Nicolet
87 – Proton Competition – Porsche 911 RSR – Marco Seefried
56 – Team AAI – Corvette C6.R – Han-Chen Chen

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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