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Spa Francorchamps Entry List & Summary

41 cars for the penultimate round

Round five of the European Le Mans Series in the current era would normally be the season finale, but with the extension of the 2016 calendar it sees Spa added as an additional rung on the ELMS ladder.

The entry list for 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, to be held on September 25, has been revealed with a total of 41 cars on the list.

The LMP2 category will feature thirteen cars at Spa, one car more than in the Le Castellet with a potentially significant addition to the grid as Team WRT field a currently one-off entry with the ex So24! Ligier Judd for ex Manor and G-Drive Oreca LMP2 driver (and current WRT GT driver) Will Stevens plus racing brothers Laurens and Dries Vanthoor, older bro Laurens adding a Ligier Judd outing to a couple of Le Mans runs in Ligier Hondas, with Oak Racing and Michael Shank Racing. The car is entered as #47 – but will we see WRT back for more?

Among the other cars, a few driver line-ups will be modified. In the championship-leading car #46, Thiriet By TDS Racing Oreca 05, Ryo Hirakawa will return after being replaced in Le Castellet by Mike Conway.

Gary Findlay will also be returning to Spa with the #48 Murphy Prototype Oreca 03R alongside Brazilian Renault Sport Trophy driver Bruno Bonifacio and Sean Doyle.

Just a few days after finishing the 6 Hours of CoTA, Vitaly Petrov will be replacing Julian Leal on SMP Racing #32.

Finally, Michael Munneman will take over Gianluca Roda behind the wheel of the Algarve Pro Ligier JSP2 #25. It should be the last time we see this JSP2 competing in the ELMS this season, as it will be heading to Asia this autumn alongside a second Ligier for the team.

In the LMP3 category, all twenty cars competing at Le Castellet will also be at Spa. It will therefore be a 100% Ligier Nissan grid once again and that counts as a disappointment for fans of variety in the chassis department – the Ave Riley is now confirmed as delayed until 2017 as the designers and builders work to unlock more performance from the reportedly already quick AR-2 in time for the December deadline set by Ave and Riley for full homologation.

For such a large class the level of driver squad stability in 2016’s LMP3 line-up has been remarkable.

Two driver line-up changes will occur in this category. The most noticeable is undoubtedly concerning the Oak Racing Ligier JSP3 #4, with Peugeot-Citroen’s CEO Carlos Tavares replacing Jean-Marc Merlin. Tavares has established several ties with the world of endurance racing over the years, in particular by initiating the return of Alpine in 2013 while serving as senior executive of Renault. He has since raced prototypes in Classic Endurance Racing and GTs in the 24 Hour Series.

The three other line-up changes include British GT Championship driver Alisdair McCaig, who will replace Ross Warburton in the #15 RLR MSport Ligier.

In LM GTE, the same eight cars seen at Le Castellet will be at Spa. Only two driver changes will occur. Christina Nielsen and Matteo Cairolo will be returning in the Formula Racing Ferrari F458 #60 and the Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR 991 #88 respectively.

121LMP2DDragonspeedHenrik Hedman
Nicolas Lapierre
Ben Hanley
Oreca 05 Nissan
223LMP2MPanis Barthez CompetitionFabien Barthez
Timothe Buret
Paul Loup Chatin
Ligier JS P2 Nissan
325LMP2DAlgarve Pro RacingMichael Munemann
Andrea Pizzitolia
Jonathan Hirschi
Ligier JS P2 Nissan
428LMP2MIDEC SportPatrice Lafargue
Paul Lafargue
Dimitri Enjalbert
Ligier JSP2 Judd
529LMP2MPegasus RacingInès Taittinger
Remy Striebig
Leo Roussel
Morgan Nissan
632LMP2DSMP RacingAndreas Wirth
Stefano Coletti
Vitaly Petrov
BR 01 Nissan
733LMP2DEurasia MotorsportPu Junjin
Tristan Gommendy
Nick de Bruijn
Oreca 05 Nissan
838LMP2DG-Drive RacingSimon Dolan
Giedo van der Garde
Harry Tincknell
Gibson 015S Nissan
940LMP2MKrohn RacingTracy Krohn
Olivier Pla
Nic Jonsson
Ligier JS P2 Nissan
1041LMP2DGreaves MotorsportMemo Rojas
Julien Canal
Nathaniel Berthon
Ligier JS P2 Nissan
1146LMP2DThiriet by TDS RacingPierre Thiriet
Mathias Beche
Ryo Hirakawa
Oreca 05 Nissan
1247LMP2DTeam WRTLaurens Vanthoor
Will Stevens
Dries Vanthoor
Ligier JSP2 Judd
1348LMP2DMurphy PrototypesSean Doyle
Gary Findlay
Bruno Bonifacio
Oreca 03R Nissan
142LMP3MUnited AutosportsAlex Brundle
Mike Guasch
Christian England
Ligier JS P3 Nissan
153LMP3MUnited AutosportsMark Patterson
Matt Bell
Wayne Boyd
Ligier JS P3 Nissan
164LMP3MOak RacingCarlos Tavares
Erik Maris
Ligier JS P3 Nissan
175LMP3MBy Speed FactoryJesus Fuster
Alain Costa
Tom Jackson
Ligier JS P3 Nissan
186LMP3M360 RacingTerrence Woodward
Ross Kaiser
James Swift
Ligier JS P3 Nissan
197LMP3MVillorba CorseRoberto Lacorte
Giorgio Sernagiotto
Ligier JS P3 Nissan
208LMP3MRace PerformanceMarcello Marateotto
Giorgio Maggi
Bert Longin
Ligier JS P3 Nissan
219LMP3MGraff RacingEric Trouillet
Paul Petit
Enzo Guibbert
Ligier JS P3 Nissan
2210LMP3MGraff RacingJohn Falb
Sean Rayhall
Enzo Potolicchio
Ligier JS P3 Nissan
2311LMP3MEurointernationalGiorgio Mondini
Marco Jacoboni
Ligier JS P3 Nissan
2412LMP3MEurointernationalAndrea Dromedari
Ligier JS P3 Nissan
2513LMP3MInter Europol CompetitionJakub Smiechowski
Jens Petersen
Ligier JS P3 Nissan
2615LMP3MRLR MsportMorten Dons
Alisdair McCaig
Anthony Wells
Ligier JS P3 Nissan
2716LMP3MPanis/ Barthez CompetitionEric Debard
Simon Gachet
Valentin Moineault
Ligier JS P3 Nissan
2817LMP3MUltimateJean-Baptiste Lahaye
Mathieu Lahaye
Francois Heriau
Ligier JS P3 Nissan
2918LMP3MM.Racing-YMRThomas Laurent
Alexandre Cougnaud
Yann Ehrlacher
Ligier JS P3 Nissan
3019LMP3MDuqueine EngineeringDavid Hallyday
David Droux
Dino Lunardi
Ligier JS P3 Nissan
3120LMP3MDuqueine EngineeringAntonin Borga
Maxime Pialat
Eric Clement
Ligier JS P3 Nissan
3224LMP3MOak RacingJacques Nicolet
Pierre Nicolet
Ligier JS P3 Nissan
3326LMP3MTockwith MotorsportsNigel Moore
Philip Hanson
Ligier JS P2 Nissan
3451LMGTEDAF CorsePiergiuseppe Perazzini
Marco Cioci
Rui Aguas
Ferrari F458 Italia
3555LMGTEDAF CorseDuncan Cameron
Matt Griffin
Aaron Scott
Ferrari F458 Italia
3656LMGTEDAT RacingAlexander Talkanitsa
Alexander Talkanitsa Jnr
Alessandro Pier Guidi
Ferrari F458 Italia
3760LMGTEDFormula RacingJohnny Laursen
Mikkel Mac
Christina Nielsen
Ferrari F458 Italia
3866LMGTEDJMW MotorsportRobert Smith
Rory Butcher
Andrea Bertolini
Ferrari F458 Italia
3977LMGTEDProton CompetitionMike Hedlund
Wolf Henzler
Marco Seefried
Porsche 911 RSR 991
4088LMGTEDProton CompetitionGianluca Roda
Christian Ried
Matteo Cairoli
Porsche 911 RSR 991
4199LMGTEDAston Martin RacingAndrew Howard
Darren Turner
Alex MacDowall
Aston Martin V8 Vantage