Navarra (December 8-10)
Panis Barthez Competition tested a Ligier JSP2 with Fabien Barthez at its wheel. The French former football goalkeeper is currently the only driver nominated for 2016. French sports newspaper L’Equipe revealed that another five drivers were tested during the two day testing session: Blancpain driver Stephane Richelmi, Indycar Series driver Stefano Coletti, Pro Mazda Championship driver Timothé Buret, F4 Champion Valentin Moineault and Formula Renault driver Simon Gachet.
Drivers from the Swiss team Race Performance also covered several laps at the Navarra track, only this time with a Ligier JSP3 instead of their usual Oreca 03R Judd, currently leading the Asian Le Mans Series Championship. The intention is now to enter this car in the European Le Mans Series Championship 2016.
Barcelona (December 16-17)
Among ELMS contenders for 2016, Yvan Muller Racing, Graff Racing, Eurointernational (below)and SVK by Speed factory all tested their Ligiers JSP3. Fans also witnessed the arrival of a new contender for the 2016 season: BE Motorsport, formerly known in the Spanish GT Championship as the Buggy Experience Racing Team.
The Spanish team will run a Ligier-Nissan JSP3, both in ELMS and the VdeV championship with drivers Javier Ibrán, Toni Castillo and deutchman Mathijs Bakker.
During the two day session, the Ligier JSP3 of Eurointernational ultimately set the fastest lap (1’43’’049) with Girgio Mondini at its wheel.
French GT Tour contenders were also present, including:
Duqueine Engineering brought three different cars: a Ferrari 458 GT3, a Ligier JS P3 and a Renault Sport RS01. Nelson Panciatici, Roland Berville (below), Dino Lunardi, Gilles Duqueine and Aurelien Comte shared the testing program set by the team.
IMSA Performance Matmut and Raymond Narac were shaking down a Porsche Porsche 911 GT3 R.
Narac is still debating the opportunity to run an LMP3 in the new French Prototype Championship or the ELMS. He was again spotted testing a Ligier JSP3 in Spain.
Mat Fernandez (@matlemans)