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SMP BR1 Set for Bahrain Launch

SMP Racing set for BR1 launch in Bahrain this week…

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SMP Racing’s new BR1 prototype will be launched this week in Bahrain, ahead of its debut in the FIA World Endurance Championship next season.

An unveil of the Dallara-built LMP1 car has been scheduled for Friday evening in the Bahrain International Circuit paddock, with a presentation to be made by BR Engineering President Boris Rotenberg.

It will mark the first Russian prototype and team to compete in the LMP1 class.

The car was the first new-for-2018 entry to hit the ground, having already completed multiple tests in Europe ahead of its debut next season, where SMP is expected to field two cars.

Ex-IndyCar ace Mikhail Aleshin has been tasked the majority of the car’s development and is expected to be confirmed in one of the race seats, with one car likely to feature an all-Russian lineup.

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  1. Jenner

    November 14, 2017 at 10:06 am

    HA! So much for LMP1 going away as so many here so badly want.

    Amazing how some people here think less racing is better for motorsports fans around the world.

    • Bob

      November 14, 2017 at 10:33 am

      The newly renewed health of LMP1 is extremely welcomed indeed! Anything’s better than those dumb NASCAR “prototypes”

      • Jack

        November 14, 2017 at 12:41 pm

        NASCAR prototypes haven’t run sense petit last year.

      • Bob's voice of reason

        November 14, 2017 at 2:34 pm

        Course if the BR looks anything like a Caddy it will be ignored by everyone, and there’s little chance it won’t be VERY close. Air is air and the styling is definitely NOT Caddy in anything beyond livery.

        • Steven

          November 14, 2017 at 8:54 pm

          You mean the Cadillac that is basically the Dallara with different headlights with some sharper lines.
          Then you have the the Nissan that put a bra on the spec LMP2 Ligier and claimed it as their own.
          Then you have the Acura that put a boomerang on the spec LMP2 Oreca and claimed it as their own.

          My, how innovative are those DPi’s?

          • Matt

            November 15, 2017 at 3:34 am

            LOL, bra on the spec LMP2 XD

    • Be realistic, not childish

      November 14, 2017 at 2:32 pm

      So 2 Porsches out, with 2 Audis the year before but hey we get 2 LMP1-P cars in return. I’ll trust BR and their corruption cash to be on track. The rest of the LMP1 guarantees on the other hand, I’ll wait until the first race to count them. Yup, that seems like LMP1 is fine to me. Wow, you must be a US federal government economist with that logic.

      And not thinking LMP1 can survive with half baked, poorly produced and rarely followed through programs are a great idea means less racing is better. Just no point in supporting a system that is long on promises and short on delivery.

      • Dan

        November 14, 2017 at 4:46 pm

        You may want to apply your screen name (Advice) to yourself.

      • Steven

        November 14, 2017 at 8:56 pm

        Audi and Porsche left because of VW’s screwup with and the millions they were fined because of “dieselgate”.

  2. Tyler Sanders

    November 14, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    This is good news can’t wait to see what the prototype looks like.

  3. Mike S.

    November 14, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Well have we seen a great P1 outside of the major factory programs yet. Bykolles was terrible, Rebellion had marginal success with 2 cars. It hasn’t been great and I see this rig being down several laps at best probably by hour 6. It is going to be hard with factory backed vs privateers in this class. If Toyota goes away then it would be interesting.

  4. HB

    November 14, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Anything that makes Mikhail Aleshin quit playing demolition derby in IndyCar is OK in my book.

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