The European Le Mans Series returns to Le Castellet on 29 August (yes, it’s still not been cancelled) for the “Le Castellet 240”, which replaces the originally scheduled 4 hours of Barcelona with a strong 35 car grid.
The grid consists of a 15 car LMP2 class which sees few changes for the full-season line-ups. Noticeably, Ryan Cullen, who subbed for Jackie Chan DC Racing last weekend in WEC 6h of Spa following a positive Covid-19 test for Gabriel Aubry, is missing from the #21 DragonSpeed line-up. It is not yet known whether Aubry has had the all clear to return to the paddock, but he remains listed in the Algarve Pro Entry.
The #50 Richard Mille Racing Oreca currently only has one driver listed, Sophia Floersch. Katherine Legge remains in rehabilitation following her accident at Le Castellet during testing and Tatania Calderon is scheduled to be racing in Super Formula’s opening round of the season at Motegi on the same weekend.
Anglo-American team United Autosports will be looking to increase their championship dominance with the #22 Oreca of Phil Hanson and Filipe Albuquerque currently at the top of the table on 42 points after winning in Belgium. Their teammates in the #32 Oreca, Will Owen, Alex Brundle and Job Van Uitert, are in second place on 35 points and will be hoping to replicate their winning form at the Le Castellet opening round for the second time in 2020.
In LMP3, the #2 United Autosports Ligier of Wayne Boyd, Tom Gamble and Rob Wheldon have not put a foot wrong so far and have a maximum 52 points from the opening two rounds of the 2020 season. Their sister car, the #3 will run with only two drivers, Duncan Tappy and Andrew Bentley. UA’s nearest rivals are reigning champions Eurointernational, lying in second place on 23 points, who list only Niko Kari due to Tommy Erdos requiring additional time to recover from a rib injury.
In GTE, the regular season-long line up is listed. After winning the 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps and finishing second in the opening round at Le Castellet last month, the #74 Kessel Racing Ferrari 488 of Michael Broniszewski, David Perel and Marcos Gomes is leading the championship on 44 points, seven points ahead of the 4 Hours of Le Castellet race winners Christian Ried, Michele Beretta and Alessio Picariello in the #77 Proton Competition Porsche.