After a six-year absence, Rollcentre Racing announced Friday that it will return to the European Le Mans Series next year, fielding a brand-new Ginetta-Juno LMP3 car.
The British squad owned by Martin Short, becomes the eighth customer of the new LMP3 car, which will be eligible for the ELMS and Asian Le Mans Series beginning in 2015.
Short’s team returns to ACO-sanctioned competition after competing in top-level prototype racing from 2004 to 2008, which included a fourth place overall finish in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2007.
“After some amazing years racing with the ACO, and the Le Mans Series, I never really envisaged being able to return,” Short said. “However Lawrence Tomlinson’s and Ewan Baldry’s vision of Ginetta Juno’s new LMP3 car caught my attention.
“Lawrence invited me to the launch of the car on a wet evening in Leeds, and I was so impressed by the prospects of this new visionary class, that I agreed to buy the next day. This car is a proper Le Mans Prototype, with good rules, good build and equipment standards mandated by the ACO.
“Ginetta Juno have, in true racer Tomlinson style, hit the ground running hard with this car.”
The team’s driver lineup has yet to be finalized, although Short said he is not expected to climb back behind the wheel for the prototype effort, which could see the team return to the French endurance classic in 2016.
“The prize for winning LMP3 is an entry for LMP2 in 2016, and that will be our goal,” Short said. “To that end, we are looking for drivers, and partners to become part of the ‘Rollcentre Back To Le Mans Adventure’.”