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Le Castellet Hosts Bumper 37 Car Grid for Delayed 2020 ELMS Season Opener

ELMS - 07/07/2020 - Jeff CARTER

After much anticipation, the 2020 European Le Mans Series season will finally get underway with the 4 Hours of Le Castellet on Sunday 19 July with the Official Tests taking place on the 14th and 15th of July.
  • 37 car entry will take to the track for the first time this year
  • 26 teams and 103 drivers representing 23 different nations


LMP2: All Set for a Battle Royale for 2020 Title

The LMP2 line up will feature 15 cars, with manufacturers Oreca, Ligier and Aurus going head-to-head at the home of the French Grand Prix. Reigning champions Idec Sport are back to defend their hard fought 2019 title, with drivers’ champions Paul Loup Chatin and Paul Lafargue being joined by former 24 Hours of Le Mans LMP2 champion Richard Bradley. The third 2019 LMP2 Drivers’ Champion, Memo Rojas, has rejoined DragonSpeed and will race the no21 Oreca alongside his new British teammates Ben Hanley and Ryan Cullen.

2019 ELMS Vice Champions G-Drive Racing return with 2018 LMP2 Champion Roman Rusinov being joined by former FIA F2 Champion and FIA WEC race winner Nyck De Vries and reigning LMP3 Champion Mikkel Jensen in the no26 Aurus 01. 

Algarve Pro Racing will field two cars, with a driver line up that boasts three former endurance champions. 2013 FIA World Endurance Champion Loïc Duval will race the no24 Oreca with 2015 ELMS LMP2 Champion Jon Lancaster and Sweden’s Henning Enqvist. The no25 Oreca will feature, 2017 LMP3 Champion John Falb, who will race with WEC race winner Gabriel Aubry and Simon Trummer.

The 4 Hours of Le Castellet will see the debut of the Richard Mille Racing Team, with the no50 Oreca-Gibson being driven by the all-female line up of Katherine Legge and Tatiana Calderon.

High Class Racing, Panis Racing, Duqueine Team, Inter Europol Competition, BHK Motorsport, Cool Racing and Graff will all field a single LMP2 entry, while United Autosports will put two cars on the grid for the first race of the season.


LMP3: Ligier v Duqueine

The LMP3 grid will consist of 12 entries with 8 Ligier JS P320 taking on 4 Duqueine M30-D08s.  Reigning LMP3 champions Eurointernational are back to defend their title with a one car entry driven by Serbian Paolo Brajnik and 2018 Michelin Le Mans Cup champion Leonard Hoogenboom. 

Eurointernational will face some stiff opposition from many quarters, with 2019 Vice Champions Inter Europol Competition fielding one car in Le Castellet for an unchanged line up of Nigel Moore and Martin Hippe.

Reigning Michelin Le Mans Cup LMP3 Champions Laurents Hörr and François Kirmann move up to the ELMS with their title winning team DKR Engineering and will be joined by Wolfgang Triller for the four-hour race in France.

Realteam Racing, RLR MSport and BHK Motorsport have entered one car each for LMP3, while United Autosports, Nielsen Racing and Graff have entered two.


LMGTE: Three Manufacturers for Le Castellet

Ten LMGTE entries will take to the grid for the 4 Hours of Le Castellet, with Aston Martin Racing joining the party to take on Ferrari and Porsche for the first time since 2017. 

2019 ELMS Vice Champions Dempsey-Proton Racing return with the no77 Porsche driven by 2019 race winner Christian Ried, who will be joined by Michele Beretta and Alessio Picariello. 

The no93 Proton Competition Porsche will be driven by former FIA WEC LMGTE Pro Champion Ricard Lietz and Felipe Laser.

There will be seven Ferrari F488 GTE EVOs on the grid, with Kessel Racing and Iron Lynx entering two cars each, while JMW Motorsport, AF Corse and Spirit of Race enter one F488 each. The no83 Iron Lynx Ferrari features the second of the two all-female crews with Manuela Gostner, Michelle Gatting and Rahel Frey returning for their second ELMS season.

The no98 Aston Martin Vantage will be driven by 2017 FIA WEC LMGTE AM Champions Paul Dalla Lana and Mathias Lauda, with 2015 AMR Academy winner and former British GT4 Champion Ross Gunn joining them in France.


CLICK HERE to download the provisional entry list for the 4 Hours of Le Castellet 

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