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TDS Aston Martin Withdraws; Algarve Ligier Gains 24H Le Mans Entry

Algarve Pro Racing gains confirmed entry to 24H Le Mans…

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

TDS Racing has pulled the plug on its planned Aston Martin Vantage GTE program for the European Le Mans Series and 24 Hours of Le Mans, which has given Algarve Pro Racing a confirmed entry for this year’s endurance classic.

The ACO confirmed TDS’ withdrawal from Le Mans on Monday, promoting the Portuguese team, which had initially been the second reserve entry, to one of the 60 race entries.

As previously reported by Sportscar365, the No. 45 Greaves Motorsport Gibson 015S Nissan, which was the first reserve, has also been withdrawn.

Algarve’s Ligier JS P2 Nissan took part in the 2015/2016 Asian Le mans Series season, placing second in the championship. A full-season ELMS effort is also planned for this year.

The team is testing reigning ELMS LMP3 champion Chis Hoy this week at the official pre-season test at Paul Ricard.

Additionally, the ACO has confirmed the withdrawal of Riley Motorsports’ Dodge Viper GTS-R and the No. 87 Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR from the reserve list.

Sportscar365 understands that the DragonSpeed Oreca 05 Nissan and Courage BR Engineering BR01 Nissan will also soon be pulled as the deadline for final entry fees nears.

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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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