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Speed Factory Confirms Switch to Ligier JS P3

Speed Factory confirms two Ligier JS P3s for ELMS in 2016…


Speed Factory Racing is the latest LMP3 team to switch from Ginetta to Ligier, having confirmed Saturday the purchase of two of the new Onroak Automotive-built prototypes.

The Spanish squad, which is only one of two teams to have run the entire European Le Mans Series season in the new-for-2015 P3 class, will enter both cars in the series in 2016, alongside an expanded effort in the French VdeV series.

Javier Ibran, Mathijs Bakker and Toni Castillo have been confirmed as the drivers for the first Ligier, which will run under the Dressel Drivers banner.

The Dalius Steponavicius-led team expects to take delivery of its first car on Oct. 26, ahead of its race debut in next month’s VdeV season finale at Estoril on Nov. 6-8.

“Private testing carried out by Álvaro [Fontes] and Jesús [Fuster] led to positive emotions,” Steponavicius said. “Down to the last detail you can see and feel experience and know-how of Onroak.

“I really like the way how Onroak caters needs and supports its customers. I hope for long-term collaboration.

“It will be a busy year for our team, but every single kilometer driven is important. I am looking forward to next season with our Ligier JS P3 cars.”

Speed Factory is the second Ginetta squad to move to Ligier for next year, following United Autosport’s decision to switch to the French prototype after recently completing the build of its two Ginetta prototypes.

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