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In what is undoubtably a blow for British manufacturer Ginetta, United Autosports have today announced the will run two Ligier JS P3 cars in the 2016 European Le Mans Series (ELMS) rather than the planned Ginetta-Nissan LMP3 cars citing longer term business plans.
The team has invested in a brace of Ligier JS P3 chassis, which offers a smoother transition to ultimately graduate into the LMP2 category and eventually compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours – the Anglo American team’s ultimate aim.
“The decision to switch to the Ligier JS P3 car was the best one for the team’s future plans.” said Zak Brown, Team Owner. “Our ultimate aim is to be at Le Mans, and with Ligier recently announced as one of the constructors to build the LMP2 Le Mans chassis from 2017 onwards, it made total sense to make the switch. I’m looking forward to seeing it out on track.”
“I think this is a great opportunity for the team and our drivers who want to race at the Le Mans 24 hours as they can work their way up as a natural progression from LMP3 to LMP2 with the same team.” added Richard Dean, Team Owner and Managing Director.
Ligier has also been named as one of the chassis manufacturers eligible to supply LMP2 chassis to the new Daytona Prototype international (DPi) category from 2017 onwards, allowing the team to branch out into racing in the IMSA series in the US at world-renowned tracks such as Daytona and Sebring.
United Autosports will take delivery of their first Ligier JS P3 at the end of the year and will begin an intensive testing schedule shortly after.
United Autosports will continue to support Ginetta with their season-long involvement in the inaugural LMP3 ELMS programme, with their supply of equipment, staff and logistics support to the Ginetta factory team, Team LNT.