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Paul Ricard Monday Notebook

Laurent Mercier’s notebook from the ELMS set up day at Paul Ricard…

Photo: Laurent Mercier

Photo: Laurent Mercier

***There are two Greaves Motorsport Zytek Z11SN Nissans here, one carrying the Caterham colors for Chris Dyson, Tom Kimber-Smith and Matt McMurry, the other car in white. In addition to its commitment to the ELMS, we could see a Greaves entry in the Asian Le Mans Series or TUDOR United SportsCar Championship later this year.

***Race Performance has yet to make a decision on the third driver for its Oreca 03 Judd LMP2 entry. Only Michel Frey and Franck Mailleux are confirmed thus far. Jon Lancaster and Dani Clos will join the duo this week for testing duties.

***JMW Motorsport’s Ferrari F458 Italia will see George Richardson, already confirmed for Le Mans, being joined by Daniel McKenzie, a former reserve driver for Aston Martin Racing, in testing this week.

***Nicolas Marroc will join Rene Rast, Vincent Capillaire and the newly signed Jan Charouz at the wheel of Sebastien Loeb Racing’s Oreca 03 Nissan. Marroc is no stranger to the team or car, having driven it at the Le Mans Test Day and previously in the ELMS.

***Both Alex Brundle and Alex Premat are slated to test ART Grand Prix’s McLaren MP4-12Cs. While it would mark Brundle’s first appearance with the team, Premat, who spent the last few seasons in V8 Supercars, drove for the team in GP2 in 2005-06.

***Pierre Ragues is expected to test Signatech-Alpine’s Apline A450 tomorrow alongside Paul Loup Chatin, Oliver Webb and Nelson Panciatici. Rumors also place him at Larbre Competition for the second day of testing with Jacques Nicolet and Keiko Ihara. OAK factory driver Olivier Pla is also expected to turn laps in the Onroak Automotive-built prototype.

***A Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 is present under the AF Corse banner but run for Team Ukraine. Andriy Kruglyk and recent Rolex 24 class winner Alessandro Pier Guidi will share the car with Ukrainian Sergii Chukanov. Note: AF Corse also operates the Russian-backed SMP Racing LMP2 cars in the FIA WEC.

***Speaking of SMP, the team has confirmed the lineups for two of its Ferrari 458s at the test. Boris Rotenberg will join Olivier Beretta, Nicolas Minassian, David Markosov and Viktor Kozankov in the No. 57, with brothers Kirill and Anton Ladygin teaming with Alexey Basov,  Alexander Frolov and Luca Persiani in the No. 71.

Laurent Mercier (@LaurentMercier2) is the Editor-in-Chief of, the leading French-language source for the latest sports car racing news from around the world.

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