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Potential 2016 ELMS Prototype Grid Booming

With new teams and new cars in LMP2, and a veritable prospective flood of LMP3s, the prototype grid for the 6 round 2016 European Le Mans Series looks set to exceed 20 cars with relative ease and could top 30!

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With the season entry due to be announced on 5 February we’ve already tracked teams that have announced their intentions of entering 11 LMP2 cars, with several other known potential runners still to declare.

In LMP3 the numbers are stronger still – No fewer than 18 cars across 13 teams have said publicly that they intend to enter the ELMS with one or two cars. Beyond that there are others still to declare their intentions, and other car buyers still to be announced.

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The vast majority of the cars so far declared are Ligier chassis with a single Ginetta team (Lanan) and a pair of Adess so far declared – Other wait in the wings though, and at this point in proceedings experience tells us to be wary of the differences between an announced programme and a car on track with paying drivers!

Declared Prospective LMP2 Entries for 2016 ELMS

Dragonspeed – Oreca 05 Nissan
Thiriet by TDS Racing – Oreca 05 Nissan
Eurasia Racing – Oreca 05 Nissan
Greaves Motorsport – Ligier JS P2 Nissan
Jota Sport – Gibson 015S Nissan
Murphy Prototypes – Oreca 03R Nissan
So24! – Ligier JS P2 Nissan
Tech 1 (Panis/ Barthez) – Ligier JS P2 Nissan
IDEC Sport – Ligier JS P2 Nissan
Pegasus Racing – (Morgan or Ligier)
DC Racing – Ligier JSP2

Still to declare

Krohn Racing – Ligier JS P2 Judd
Ibanez Racing – Oreca 03R Nissan x 2
Algarve Pro Racing – Ligier JS P2 Nissan

Entrants who have declared intent to enter 2016 ELMS in LMP3

Eurointernational – 2 x Ligier JS P3
Graff Racing – 2 x Ligier JS P3
United Autosports – 2 x Ligier JS P3
Team RLR – Ligier JS P3
G-Private – Adess 03
Team All-Sports – Adess 03
Extreme Limite – Ligier JS P3
SVK by Speed factory – 2 x Ligier JS P3
BA (Baleares Automotive) Equipe – Ligier JS P3
Tech 1 (Panis/ Parthez) – Ligier JS P3
SPV Racing 2 x Ligier JS P3
Team Ultimate – Ligier JS P3
Lanan Racing – Ginetta

Known potential LMP3 entries

Yvan Muller racing – 2 x Ligier JS P3
CPB Sport – Adess 03
Villorba Corse – Ginetta