DSC was given the opportunity to take a look around the new Ave-Riley AR2 LMP3 car at the Red Bull Ring yesterday, the car tested here on Tuesday as part of the homologation process, but there is still work to do before we see the car out racing this season.
“We have been told that the car will be homologated on 24 August after some further changes that are required in the footwell.” said Greg Murphy yesterday.
“That means that we won’t be racing the car at Paul Ricard.” (the race takes place the following weekend)
The racing debut of the car then will come at the penultimate round of the ELMS at Spa on 25 September with the car also set to take part in the one-off ‘Preview’ race for the proposed British Prototype Series (to be run by the Bute Motorsport GT Cup organisation) at Snetterton on 8/9 October.
The car though has already attracted plenty of attention in the ELMS paddock:
“We’ve had a number of teams coming to take a look, some already in LMP3, and others keen to take a look at the class, and at running something different from a Ligier,” said Greg Murphy yesterday evening (indeed as we talked the team owners of a current LMP2 team asked for an opportunity to view the car).
“I have interest from ELMS teams of course but we see the new British series for 2017 as having great potential and I’m really looking forward to showing off the car there.
“In testing the car was almost fault-free, pretty extraordinary for such a new and untested package. There are a few bits and pieces we would like to change just a little (fasteners and other minor items) but the car is basically all set and waiting for the process to be completed. I think we’ll have a very competitive package when we hit the track.”