41 cars will take part in the European Le Mans Series 2-day official test at Monza since Tuesday, 28th March. All the three 2016 championship winning teams G-Drive Racing (LMP2), United Autosports (LMP3) and Beechdean AMR (LMGTE) will be present.
A total of 13 LMP2 cars
are awaited. The G-Drive Racing’s Oreca07
will be driven by Memo Rojas
, Ryo Hirakawa
and Leo Roussel
and run by Dragonspeed
. The American team will field the same trio of drivers as last year, Nico Lapierre
, Henrik Hedman
and Ben Hanley
. Fabien Barthez
returns to the ELMS
for another season of LMP2, the French soccer legend being joined by Timothe Buret
and Nathanael Berthon
to complete an all French lineup. Last year’s LMP3 front runners United Autosports
, Cetilar-Villorba Corse
and Tockwith Motorsports
have all moved up to LMP2. LMP3 champions United Autosports are running the LMP2 Ligier JSP217
alongside their pair of Ligier JS P3s
in preparations for their debut in the 24 Hours of Le Mans
Racing Team Nederland return to the ELMS with Jan Lammers and Frits Van Eerd completing a full Dutch team.
The Danish team High Class Racing will join the ELMS grid this year running a Dallara-Gibson while IDEC Sport Racing and Algarve Pro Racing will be running the Ligier chassis this season and complete the 13 full season ELMS entries.
21 LMP3 cars will be present for the Monza’s Official Test. United Autosports will be fielding their two full season cars and will bring a further two Ligier-Nissans to take advantage of the opportunity to test on one of Europe’s best circuits. Duqueine Engineering will also be bring both of their Ligier-Nissans that are entered for the full season and the French team will field a third entry. M.Racing YMR will be bringing both their cars to Monza including the brand new Norma M30. Italian Oregon Team have also opted to run the Norma chassis in 2017 and are due to test the car at Monza. Father and Son duo Alexander Talkanitsa Senior and Junior will have the first opportunity to test their AT Racing LMP3 Ligier as the Belarussians move up from the LMGTE category. 2016 competitors 360 Racing, By Speed Factory, Eurointernational, RLR MSport, Inter Europol Competition, Panis Barthez Competition and Ultimate are all back to test their cars and drivers at Monza ahead of the opening race of the 2017 season at Silverstone in April.
The seven full season LMGTE entries are all due to test at Monza with 2016 champions Beechdean AMR running their Aston Martin V8 Vantage. Andrew Howard and Darren Turner are joined by former British GT4 champion Ross Gunn. Reigning Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup champions TF Sport are also testing their Aston Martin V8 Vantage. The three Ferraris will be running on home soil at Monza with a pair of AF Corse run by Spirit of Race F488 GTEs being joined by 2016 LMGTE Vice Champions JMW Motorsport. The final two cars in the Official Test line up are the pair of Porsche 911 RSRs run by Proton Competition.
The test will also include a 2-hour night session.