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A total of 43 cars, 16 LMP2, 17 LMP3 and 10 GTE AM cars will take to the grid for the 2021 European Le Mans Series which kicks off in Barcelona, Spain on April 18th. 

Starting in the top, LMP2 class all the cars will be the Orcea 07 – Gibson (although two will be homologated as Aurus 01-Gibsons) with old favourites and new faces. 

#22 Oreca 07 – Gibson / UNITED AUTOSPORTS / Philip Hanson / Filipe Albuquerque

Reigning Team Champions United Autosports have entered two cars, with the #22 car driven by 2020 drivers’ champion Phil Hanson, Jonathan Aberdein and 2020 LMP3 champion Tom Gamble. 2018 LMP3 Champion Job Van Uitert will return for a second season with the team in the #32 car alongside Nicolas Jamin and Pastor Maldonado’s son Manuel. 

Three-time ELMS and 2021 Daytona 24 LMP2 winner, Paul-Loup Chatin, will once again join forces with his 2019 co-champion Paul Lafargue in the #28 Idec Sport Oreca while the Racing Team Turkey Oreca will feature Salih Yoluc and Charlie Eastwood, who are moving to prototypes from GTE, with 2016 LMP2 champion Harry Tincknell alongside them.

Dragonspeed Oreca 07 Gibson. European Le Mans Series, Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Italy. Image: John Stevens for JellyBaby.Media

Sweden’s Henrik Hedman returns to the series in his usual Dragonspeed car and Belgian outfit Team WRT will field former F1 and WRC ace Robert Kubica as the lead driver. 

Seven of the entries are in the new-for-2021 Pro/Am category where each driver crew must consist of at least one bronze driver. The entries for the new category include DragonSpeed USA, G-Drive Racing, IDEC Sport, Ultimate, Racing Team Turkey, Cool Racing and Graff.

No 14 RLR MSport Ligier JS P3 – Nissan, LMP3, Ross Warburton, Alex Kapadia, Michelin Le Mans Cup, Monza, 2017.

The LMP3 grid consists predominantly of Ligier JS P320-Nissans (15) and two Duqueine M30-D08- Nissans. Four teams, reigning champions United Autosports, Nielsen Racing, Graff and Inter Europol Competition will field two-car entries. 

2019 champions Eurointernational will run a single entry for Andrea Dromedari and 2018 champions RLR MSport also have a single car entry for Michael Benham and with a welcome return to Alex Kapadia who will partner him.

The two Duqueine entries will both be run by DKR Engineering, with reigning Michelin Le Mans Cup champion Laurents Hörr leading the DKR named entry and brothers Gary and David Hauser driving the Racing Experience car. 

No 66 JMW MOTORSPORT Ferrari F488 GTE. Robert Smith (GBR) Jody Fannin (GBR) William Stevens (GBR)

GTE sees a single Aston Martin Vantage run by Regulars TF Sport and a pair of Proton Competition Porsche 911’s set to battle a field of Ferrari 488s including entries from Iron Lynx, AF Corse, Kessel Racing and ELMS Stalwarts JMW Motorsport, who welcome back 2017 LMGTE Drivers Champion Jody Fannin and Spirit of Race with their regular line up of Duncan Cameron, Matt Griffin and Aaron Scott.

Hollywood actor Michael Fassbender returns for his season in the ELMS in the #93 car with reigning GTE drivers’ winner Christian Ried leading the charge in the #77.