LMP3 points leader RLR MSport has confirmed that it will move up to the LMP2 class of the European Le Mans Series next season after taking delivery of an Oreca 07 Gibson.
The UK-based team, which currently runs a single Ligier JS P3 Nissan in the LMP3 category, becomes the second team this week to make the step-up after Inter Europol Competition announced its presence in LMP2 next year.
RLR MSport’s 2019 program will mark a return to LMP2, with the team’s first appearance in the category coming eight years ago when the ELMS was known as the Le Mans Series.
It launched its current LMP3 program in 2016 and claimed its first victory earlier this year at the 4 Hours of Le Castellet.
The team received its new Oreca in August and has already completed a shakedown at Silverstone, where its ELMS drivers Job van Uitert and John Farano shared testing duties with Alex Brundle.
An RLR MSport statement said the team is “ready to enter into discussions with drivers” about its 2019 driver lineup and further testing opportunities.
“I’m thrilled to announce RLR MSport’s plans to return to LMP2 competition, as it’s where we should be,” said Nick Reynolds, director of motorsport operations.
“We’re very proud of what we’ve achieved in the various categories we’ve entered and the final two rounds of this season are sure to be exciting as we gun for the European Le Mans Series LMP3 crown with John Farano, Job van Uitert and Rob Garofall.
“We have a proven track record with LMP2 machinery that dates back to 2010, but we’re more interested in looking forward and we fully intend to be a force when we step back into the ring in 2019.
“Testing has already begun, but we have lots more planned and we would be keen to hear from any driver who may be looking for a competitive LMP2 seat.
“These are very exciting times for RLR MSport and we look forward to welcoming new talent to the fold.”