Ligier European Series is set to start alongside ELMS in 2020
The Ligier European Series has been launched as a support racing programme to the European Le Mans Series and will start in 2020. Ligier Automotive exclusively prepared two cars for this new one-make competition, the Ligier JS P4 prototype and the Ligier JS2 R GT car.
The goal of the brand-new sports car championship is to be the first step on a way to high-level endurance racing, including the pinnacle of sport, the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The Ligier European Series is the perfect field for gentlemen drivers wishing to enjoy themselves on the best tracks in Europe but also for young talent, notably coming from karting, who wish to continue their careers in sports car racing with the best teams and car constructors.
Organised by the European Le Mans Series team, the Ligier European Series will start in Spring 2020. It will take place over five rounds during the European Le Mans Series’ meetings.
Each round will be made of one-hour free practice, two qualifying sessions and two one-hour races, a total of three hours forty minutes of driving spread only over two days with a crew comprised of one or two drivers.
Jacques Nicolet, CEO Ligier Automotive: “We designed the Ligier JS P4 and the Ligier JS2 R to allow young drivers, gentlemen drivers, enthusiasts to discover and start in motorsport. With the Ligier European Series we enable them to achieve this goal on the finest European tracks. We are glad to introduce this championship with the teams of the European Le Mans Series and to offer their experience and professionalism in the organisation of such meetings to the squads and drivers who trust our make.”
Gérard Neveu, ELMS CEO: “We are glad to welcome the Ligier European Series to the European Le Mans Series paddock from 2020. With races alongside the highly successful European Le Mans Series and Michelin Le Mans Cup, the Ligier European Series will be the third tier of a Global Endurance Event that will race on the most challenging and high profile circuits in Europe. This new series will be the first step for all the gentlemen drivers wishing to compete in the Endurance World and looking to reach the highest level of Endurance Racing, the 24 Hours of Le Mans.”
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