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SMP Racing’s BR01 LMP2 Car Breaks Cover

SMP Racing BR01 LMP2 car arrives at Paul Ricard for first test…

Photo: Mikhail Aleshin

Photo: Mikhail Aleshin

SMP Racing’s all-new BR01 LMP2 car has broken cover at Paul Ricard at the second and final day of European Le Mans Series pre-season testing.

The Russian prototype, designed by Paolo Catone, will not turn laps today, as the team is still waiting on some parts. It is scheduled to begin on-track testing this weekend, followed by a planned two-car assault beginning with the Four Hours of Silverstone on April 11.

The Nissan-powered prototype bears the name of Boris Rotenberg, SMP Racing team principal and BR Engineering founder, who will drive a SMP Racing Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 in the GTC class this year.

While the BR01 has faced delays in production, the team’s FIA WEC title-winning  Oreca 03R-Nissan has been used for pre-season testing, with a car turning laps this week in the two-day test.

The BR01 is the second prototype to be revealed in the flesh at Paul Ricard, following the debut of the new Ginetta-Juno LMP3.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John


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