Ligier Automotive has launched a new single-make series for its two junior-level sports cars that will take place on European Le Mans Series weekends next year.
The Ligier European Series, reserved for the Ligier JS P4 and Ligier JS2 R cars, was announced on Friday as part of a collaboration with Le Mans Endurance Management, as an additional support series to the ELMS.
The dual-class format will feature a pair of one-hour races on five ELMS weekends next year, totaling three hours of 40 minutes of track time in a compact two-day meeting.
Two-driver squads will be optional, allowing for additional track time for solo drivers in the series.
“We designed the Ligier JS P4 and the Ligier JS2 R to allow young drivers, gentlemen drivers, enthusiasts to discover and start in motorsport,” said Ligier Automotive President Jacques Nicolet.
“With the Ligier European Series we enable them to achieve this goal on the finest European tracks.
“We are glad to introduce this championship with the teams of the European Le Mans Series and to offer their experience and professionalism in the organization of such meetings to the squads and drivers who trust our make.”
LMEM will serve as the organizer of the championship, with the calendar expected to be released alongside the 2020 ELMS schedule.
“With races alongside the highly successful European Le Mans Series and Michelin Le Mans Cup, the Ligier European Series will be the third tier of a global endurance event that will race on the most challenging and high profile circuits in Europe,” said LMEM/ELMS CEO Gerard Neveu.
“This new series will be the first step for all the gentlemen drivers wishing to compete in the endurance world and looking to reach the highest level of Endurance Racing, the 24 Hours of Le Mans.”