Image credit: Murphy Prototypes.

Irish endurance racing team Murphy Prototypes will switch to a different car and different driver line-up from that of last month’s round one at Silverstone to continue its European Le Mans Series LMP3 programme this weekend at the 4-hours of Imola.

With the team’s full time LMP3 challenger, the Ave-Riley AR-2, still undergoing homologation inspection and test procedures in the USA, Murphy have switched from their temporary Ginetta LMP3 fielded at Silverstone’s opening round to a Ligier JS P3.

This US based test and development work has meant that, because they are personally involved with the project, the drivers that are due to campaign the Ave-Riley when it takes to the track – Tony Ave and Doug Peterson – are unavailable for this weekend’s race and thus three British drivers have been named for the second round of the Series, Canadian born Channel Islands resident Barrie Baxter, Alex Kapadia and Rob Garofall.

“I’m delighted that Barrie, Alex and Rob are joining us at Imola”, said team principal Greg Murphy. “I’m also pleased that we will have a Ligier too, which puts us on a level playing field with the other LMP3 teams that all have the same machinery.

“The combination of a state-of-the-art car and a great driver line up means that we have a real chance of a top result and a podium position.”

The team’s Ave-Riley AR-2 is expected to be available for the third round of the ELMS – the 4-Hours of Red Bull Ring – that takes place on 17th July.