OAK Racing’s have confirmed the driver line-ups for their pair of Ligier JS P3 entries for the 2016 ELMS.
The #4 Ligier will be shared by Erik Maris and Jean-Marc Merlin, long-time friends, and now team-mates for the third season running.
The #24 Ligier JS P3 will be driven by father/son duo Jacques and Pierre Nicolet.
OAK Racing are also set to enter its two Ligier JS P3s for the LMP3/ GT3 curtain-raiser race to the Le Mans 24 Hours on 18th June.
Erik Maris: “I’m tackling the new season to enjoy myself and to improve at the wheel of the fantastic Ligier JS P3. The principle of endurance races is to share the wheel so my aim will be to always hand back an intact car to my friend, Jean-Marc! After several shared experiences over the last two years, I’m delighted to be back with the OAK Racing team and to take advantage of the great ambience and the professional approach that reigns therein.”
Jean-Marc Merlin: “After the Ligier JS P2 last year, I get just as much pleasure at the wheel of the Ligier JS P3. The car’s perfect for gentlemen drivers like us, and the ELMS calendar includes fantastic circuits, in particular Spa-Francorchamps which I absolutely adore. My aim’s simple: to take the season seriously, but not myself!”
Jacques Nicolet: “I’m very happy to share this season with my son and my friends, Erik and Jean-Marc. So many drivers have enjoyed driving and been completely convinced by the Ligier JS P3, that I too wanted to get a kick out of racing this car built in our Onroak Automotive workshops. We’re very proud of this LM P3 that’s helped a lot of people to experience what it’s like to drive a sports prototype, and I’m going to try and be up to scratch to clinch podium finishes with Pierre!”
Pierre Nicolet: “I’ve already had the pleasure of doing a few races with my dad. I know it’s an exceptional stroke of luck for me to be able to share this passion with him and I’m going to savour each session and each race. My aim is to enjoy myself as part of a family while still being quick and not making any mistakes.”