Murphy Prototypes has announce that it will run the official Ave-Riley LMP3 entry in this year’s European Le Mans Series. The recently concluded deal will see USA engineering and prototyping services group 3-Dimensional become intrinsic partners with the team for what will be the new car’s first season of competition.
The Ave-Riley AR-2 is the latest addition to the LMP3 (Le Mans Prototype class 3) grid, the car is one of five approved for the category by the ACO who run the championship.
The car is the result of a joint venture between two North Carolina-based companies: Ave Motorsport – who will be responsible for assembling the new prototype sportscars – and Riley Technologies, the well known constructor of the Daytona Prototype chassis.
“After four years of competition in the European Le Mans Series as a private entry, we are delighted to be running a factory endorsed team for the first time”, said team principal Greg Murphy. “We are also pleased to continue our partnership with Oreca engines into LMP3.”
Driving the car in this year’s six-round European Le Mans Series will be Ave Motorsport CEO Tony Ave, together with regular teammate Doug Peterson.
The Irish team is expected to announce further details of its 2016 programme in the next few weeks.