The entry list for the 4 Hours of the Red Bull Ring, to be held on July 23, has been revealed, with 36 cars on the list across the three classes.
In the LMP2 category, 13 cars are set to race, with just one extra car than last time out in Monza. The additional car is the #27 SMP Racing Dallara P217 Gibson, which competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This time around it will be driven by two Russian Formula V8 3.5 World Series drivers Egor Orudzhev and Matevos Isaakyan. Isaakyan has indicated that he would drive in two ELMS races this season.
In the other cars, three driver line-ups have been changed.
In the #22 G-Drive Racing by DragonSpeed Oreca 07 Gibson, Nicolas Minassian will replace Ryo Hirakawa, who is racing at Sugo in the Super GT championship with LEXUS TEAM KeePer TOM’S in GT500. Olivier Pla will replace David Zollinger in the #28 IDEC Sport Racing Ligier JSP217 until the end of the season. And finally, Gustavo Yacaman will race the #40 Graff Oreca 07 Gibson.
The LMP3 category remains at a very healthy 17 cars, including 14 Ligier JSP3s and three Norma M30s. Duqueine Engineering will become the second team to manage two different LMP3 cars this season (Yvan Muller Racing being the other), bringing the third Norma M30 to the series.
It is the second outing for Duqueine Engineering’s Norma after the team campaigned it for the first time recently in the Dijon-Prenois round of the VdeV series.
The driver line-up of the Duqueine Engineering #8 has been changed, with Go-Karting driver Douglas Lundberg replacing Henry Hassid. The #12 Eurointernational crew is the second and only other line-up to be showing changes in the LMP3 category, as Nicky Capo and IMSA Prototype Challenge driver Jame Dayson will replace Maxime Pialat and Maxwell Hanratty respectively.
Meanwhile,in the GT category, there’s six cars once again, with Larbre Competition not rejoining the series after racing at Monza as a prelude to Le Mans.
The rest of the field is identical to the one seen in the previous ELMS round, with the exception of JMW, which will now be running its Le Mans-winning Ferrari 488 GTE instead of its now retired Ferrari 458.
Duqueine Engineering photo courtesy of Hughes Laroche Photography