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Sportscar News Snippets; Hartley, Gommendy, Tavares, Adess & Ligier

Movement afoot and progress in LMP3

Gommendy Heading for Indy 500

Auto Hebdo and RACER have confirmed plans heard privately by DSC a week ago that should see Tristan Gommendy make his Indianapolis 500 debut next year with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

The entry has been negotiated by Didier Calmels, co-founder of the Larrousse F1 team and current co-owner of Signatech.

Gommendy had a spell in Champ car a decade ago with KV Racing.

Hartley IndyCar Bound?

In similar vein there is a flurry of interest in both directions from the IndyCar paddock in potentially available talent from the world of sportscars. racer.com report that Brendon Hartley is expected to become the latest signing for the ganssi team, replacing the outgoing Tony Kanaan

Tavares Ring-Bound

PSA boss Carlos Tavares is the latest industry leader to successfully gain his Nordschleife race permit. He is set to make his racing debut on the Green Hell in a VLN race in October – In an Opel!

Tavares has also recently revealed an update to the Adess 03 LMP3 car after buying into the constructer with a personal stake.

The recently completed chassis 09 has been built with an all-carbon body and now meets the minimum weight for the class having been substantially overweight previously.

Ligier Incentivising US Customers

Onroak Automotive has announced a prize for their customers competing in the IMSA Prototype Challenge.

The constructor will award a prize to Ligier teams finishing in the Top 5 in the 2018 Championship, plus an additional prize for winning the Overall Championship.

These teams will take part a test session at the end of the season in a Ligier JS P217 LM P2 car.

Each team will be awarded a set number of kilometres based on how many cars they enter in the series: 75, 50, 35, 25, 15km per car, for 1st-5th place in the championship. For example, if a 3-car team wins the championship, they will receive 75km x 3 = 225km of testing.

For winning the Overall championship, the line-up will additionally receive hot-pit, paddock and hospitality passes to the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans, and Road to Le Mans LM P3 Race.