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Prologue: GTE Paddock Notes

The GTE field all set for tomorrow's on-track action at Monza


All seven full-season European Le Mans Series GTEs are in the pit garages today, along with the WEC GTE Am-bound Proton Porsche 911 RSR.

Proton Competition is running a pair of 2015-spec 911 RSRS, the first is last season’s #77 car (and retains the same running number this season) from the ELMS, the second the ex-Abu Dhabi Proton #88 from the 2016 FIA WEC, it too keeps its same race number for the year.


Christian Ried, Matteo Cairoli and Joel Camathias are set to share both cars when track action begins tomorrow.

One of the best bits of news for ELMS fans is the return of JMW Motorsport for 2017, the series stalwart team running again as #66, and retaining the Ferrari 458 that dominated on track for much of last season.

Rory Butcher returns, this time as a Gold-ranked driver, joined once again by Rob Smith, and with Jody Fannin also on board. The car still sporting its popular ‘Bugatti Type 46’ tribute livery (pictured above).

Both the TF Sport and Beechdean AMR Aston Martins are 2016 spec cars, The 2016 Championship winning #99 car now featuring backing – and stripes – from clothing brand Ellesse.


The #90 TF Sport Vantage meanwhile features a pearlescent matte blue livery. The team is the only in its class to run four driver at the test with full-season ELMS men Euan Hankey and Salih Yoluc with pros Nicki Thiim and Le Mans superdupersub Rob Bell.

The Ferrari 488s from Spirit of race are both here too, the very new looking #55 car arriving on a flatbed late this afternoon to join the #51 car, which has Andrea Bertolini joining Gianluca and Giorgio Roda, in the garage, this the ex-factory #71 car from last year’s FIA WEC.


The 41 cars here this week in Italy are set to hit the track tomorrow at 9:00am local time for the first of three official tests which includes a two-hour night session.