Eurointernational is set to receive Rick Ware Racing’s Riley Mk. 30 Gibson at its workshop next week, in preparation for the car’s run in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The Antonio Ferrari-led team has been charged with technical support for RWR’s maiden Le Mans voyage with the LMP2 contender, which will be driven by Cody Ware and two yet-to-be-announced co-drivers.
The NASCAR squad’s LMP2 car, which was withdrawn from the Rolex 24 at Daytona due to funding-related issues, was shipped via sea-freight last month from the U.S. to Italy, where it is due to arrive on April 15.
Ferrari, who has remained quarantined to his workshop in Novara, near Milan, said prep work will begin immediately on the car once it arrives.
“We have reached an agreement with Rick Ware Racing to run the car at Le Mans,” Ferrari told Endurance-Info. “As soon as we receive the car, we will prepare the car for Le Mans.
“Gibson has already sent us the LMP2 engine.”
Le Mans will mark the Multimatic-designed car’s first race outside of North America since 2017 when Keating Motorsports fielded a Riley in the French endurance classic for Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Ricky Taylor.
Ferrari, meanwhile, said his team’s own LMP2 entry, courtesy of an auto invite for winning the European Le Mans Series LMP3 title last year, could change from its registered Ligier JS P217 Gibson.
So far, only Adrian Tambay is confirmed in the lineup, despite discussions with Matthieu Vaxiviere and Harrison Newey.
“As for the chassis, there are now new options on my desk,” Ferrari said.
“I will make the decision based on the best performance and financial support combination given the 2021 ELMS season and the possible use of the car in Asian Le Mans Series.”
The team has been spending time building up a Ligier JS P320 LMP3 car for its ELMS title defense, amid the country’s lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Laurent Mercier contributed to this report