Forty-five cars on the grid for ELMS season opener at Circuit Paul Ricard

  • 2018 European Le Mans Series, Circuit Paul Ricard test
  • 2018 European Le Mans Series, Circuit Paul Ricard test
  • 2018 European Le Mans Series, Circuit Paul Ricard test
  • 2018 European Le Mans Series, Circuit Paul Ricard test

The 2018 European Le Mans Series season will kick-off on Sunday, April 15, at Circuit Paul Ricard. The 4 Hours of Le Castellet is the first race on the six-round calendar which also features races at Monza, Silverstone, Red Bull Ring, Spa-Francorchamps and Portimao.

Forty-five cars are on the entry list for the season-opening race, what is four more than on the entry list of full-time entrants which was announced in February. Nineteen LMP2 squads, eighteen LMP3 entries and eight GTE crews are on the list.

There are three different prototypes in LMP2 class (Oreca, Ligier, Dallara), two different cars in LMP3 class (Ligier, Norma) and just two cars in GTE class, Ferrari 488 GTE and Porsche 911 RSR. Corvettes and Aston Martins didn’t return to the ELMS.

2018 ELMS, #2 Ligier JS P3, United Autosports,

LMP3 champions John Falb and Sean Rayhall will share the #2 United Autosports Ligier JSP3

Among drivers, one pair of drivers will try to defend their championship title from 2017. John Falb and Sean Rayhall will compete together again in the #2 Ligier JS P3 of United Autosports. In the LMP2 class, the champions Memo Rojas and Leo Roussel are not returning together but Rojas is announced as a driver of IDEC Sport’s #28 Oreca.

In the GTE class, the British team JMW Motorsport will try defend the title with an all-new crew in the #66 Ferrari 488 GTE. The drivers would be Alex MacDowall, Liam Griffin and Miguel Molina.

ELMS, JMW Motorsport, #66 Ferrari 488 GTE

JMW Motorsport found three new drivers for the #66 Ferrari 488 GTE

Entry list for the 4 Hours of Le Castellet

ClassNumberTeamCarDrivers
LMP221DragonspeedOreca 07 - GibsonHenrik Hedman, Ben Hanley, Nicolas Lapierre
22United AutosportsLigier JS P217 - GibsonPhilip Hanson, Bruno Senna
23Panis Barthez CompetitionLigier JS P217 - GibsonTimothe Buret, Julien Canal, Will Stevens
24Racing EngineeringOreca 07 - GibsonNorman Nato, Olivier Pla, Paul Petit
25Algarve Pro RacingLigier JS P217 - GibsonMark Patterson, Ate De Jong, Tack Sung Kim
26G-Drive RacingOreca 07 - GibsonRoman Rusinov, Andrea Pizzitola, Alexandre Imperatori
27IDEC SportLigier JS P217 - GibsonPatrice Lafargue, Erik Maris, William Cavailhes
28IDEC SportOreca 07 - GibsonPaul Lafarge, Paul-Loup Chatin, Memo Rojas
29Duqueine EngineeringOreca 07 - GibsonPierre Ragues, Nicolas Jamin, Nelson Panciatici
30AVF by Adrian VallesDallara P217 - GibsonKonstantin Tereschenko, Henrique Chaves
31APR - Rebellion RacingOreca 07 - GibsonRyan Cullen, Harrison Newey, Gustavo Menezes
32United AutosportsLigier JS P217 - GibsonWill Owen, Hugo de Sadeleer, Wayne Boyd
33TDS RacingOreca 07 - GibsonMatthieu Vaxivier, Francois Perrodo, Loic Duval
35SMP RacingDallara P217 - GibsonVictor Shaitar, Egor Orudzhev, Matevos Isaakyan
36Signatech AlpineOreca/Alpine A470 - GibsonAndre Negrao, Pierre Thiriet
39GraffOreca 07 - GibsonAlexandre Cougnaud, Jonathan Hirschi, Tristan Gommendy
40G-Drive RacingOreca 07 - GibsonJames Allen, Enzo Guibbert, Jose Gutierrez
47Cetilar Villorba CorseDallara P217 - GibsonRoberto Lacorte, Giorgio Sernagiotto, Andrea Belicchi
49High Class RacingDallara P217 - GibsonDennis Andersen, Anders Fjordbach
LMP32United AutosportsLigier JS P3 - NissanJohn Falb, Sean Rayhall
3United AutosportsLigier JS P3 - NissanAnthony Wells, Garret Grist, Matt Bell
4Cool RacingLigier JS P3 - NissanAlexander Coigny, Iradj Alexander, Antonin Borga
5Nefis by Speed FactoryLigier JS P3 - NissanTimur Boguslavskiy, Alexey Chuklin, Danil Pronenko
6360 RacingLigier JS P3 - NissanTerrence Woodward, Ross Kaiser, James Swift
7Ecurie Ecosse/NielsenLigier JS P3 - NissanColin Noble, Alex Kapadia, Christian Stubbe Olsen
8DKR EngineeringNorma M30 - NissanAlex Toril, Jean Glorieux, Miguel Toril
9AT RacingLigier JS P3 - NissanAlexander Talkanitsa, Alexander Talkanista Jr
10Oregon TeamNorma M30 - NissanClement Mateu, Andres Mendez, Riccardo Ponzio
11EuroInternationalLigier JS P3 - NissanGiorgio Mondini, Kay Van Berlo
12EuroInternationalLigier JS P3 - NissanAndrea Dromedari, Maxwell Hanratty, James Dayson
13Inter Europol CompetitionLigier JS P3 - NissanJakub Smiechowski, Martin Hippe
14Inter Europol CompetitionLigier JS P3 - NissanPaul Scheuschner, Luca Demarchi, Danny Molinaro
15RLR SportLigier JS P3 - NissanJohn Farano, Job Van Uitert, Rob Garofall
16BHK MotorsportLigier JS P3 - NissanFrancesco Dracone, Jacopo Baratto
17UltimateNorma M30 - NissanMathieu Lahaye, Jean-Baptiste Lahaye, Francois Heriau
18M Racing - YMRLigier JS P3 - NissanLauren Millara, Natan Bihel
19M Racing - YMRNorma M30 - NissanNicolas Ferrer, David Droux, Lucas Legeret
LMGTE54Spirit of RaceFerrari 488 GTEThomas Flohr, Francesco Castellacci
55Spirit of RaceFerrari 488 GTEDuncan Cameron, Matt Griffin, Aaron Scott
66JMW MotorsportFerrari 488 GTELiam Griffin, Alex MacDowall, Miguel Molina
77Proton CompetitionPorsche 911 RSRChristian Ried, Joel Camathias, Dennis Olsen
80EbimotorsPorsche 911 RSRFabio Babini, Riccardo Pera, Raymond Narac
83Krohn RacingFerrari 488 GTETracy Krohn, Niclas Jonsson, Andrea Bertolini
86Gulf RacingPorsche 911 RSRMichael Wainwright, Alex Davison, Ben Barker
88Proton CompetitionPorsche 911 RSRGianluca Roda, Giorgio Roda, Matteo Cairoli

Photos: Jakob Ebrey Photography,

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