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Reigning LMP2 Champion Rojas Joins New DragonSpeed Lineup

Memo Rojas, Ryan Cullen to partner Ben Hanley at DragonSpeed for ELMS this year…

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DragonSpeed has signed defending LMP2 co-champion Memo Rojas and former United Autosports driver Ryan Cullen for its 2020 European Le Mans Series campaign.

The duo will share DragonSpeed’s Oreca 07 Gibson with Ginetta LMP1 driver Ben Hanley, who was announced as the first of the American team’s drivers in November.

Rojas will therefore switch teams for his ELMS title defense after clinching the 2019 championship with IDEC Sport co-drivers Paul-Loup Chatin and Paul Lafargue.

The four-time Grand-Am DP champion also won the LMP2 title in 2017 with the G-Drive Racing operation which was run by DragonSpeed at the time.

Cullen, meanwhile, is set for his third full season in the top class of the ELMS after spells with APR-Rebellion Racing and United Autosports in the last two years.

The Irishman was also a member of DragonSpeed’s LMP2 class-winning lineup in last year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.

“We’re going all out to win a second ELMS championship for the team in 2020 and deliver a ‘three-peat’ for Memo into the bargain,” said team principal Elton Julian.

“Our driver lineup is a proven package, so there are no excuses. The ELMS remains the most competitive sports car series on the planet, and we hope to complement our program there with a return to Le Mans, pending the announcement of the ACO’s invitations in mid-February.”

DragonSpeed confirmed in its driver announcement that its 2020 car will be a new chassis and the 54th out of the Oreca factory.

Last year the team ran Henrik Hedman, who owned the team’s previous Oreca 07, along with James Allen and Hanley with the trio finishing fifth in the final standings.

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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