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35 Cars Set For 4H Spa-Francorchamps

Minor changes to the ELMS field for the penultimate round

The entry list for the ELMS 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, to be held on September 24, has been revealed with a total of 35 cars on the list.

In LMP2, 12 cars will be competing. Three driver line-ups have changed since the last round. Ryo Hirasawa is back at the wheel of the championship-leading car, the #22 G-Drive Racing by DragonSpeed Oreca 07 Gibson, after being replaced by DragonSpeed’s sporting director Nicolas Minassian at the 4 Hours of the Red Bull Ring and the 4 Hours of the Paul Ricard.

Aboard the #28 IDEC Ligier JSP217 Gibson, Olivier Pla is replaced by Frenchman Paul-Loup Chatin. The European Le Mans Series 2014 champion has not raced since the ELMS 4 Hours of Estoril last season. He tested this particular car at the 24 Hours of Le Mans Test Day last June. The Swiss Jonathan Hirschi will be driving in the #39 GRAFF Oreca 07 Gibson instead of Trouillet. Hirschi last raced this car with Manor at the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2017 and during the European races of the WEC.

In LMP3, 17 cars, including 4 Normas M30 and 13 Ligier JSP3s, are confirmed. For now, only one driver line-up has changed since the 4 Hours of the Paul Ricard: the #19 YMR Norma M30 with Australian driver Neale Muston replacing Erwin Creed. This season Muston raced with Pegasus Racing on a Ginetta G57 in the VdeV Series.

The third driver on the #5 By Speed Factory Ligier JSP3 has not yet been announced.

In LMGTE, the same six cars as seen at Paul Ricard will be racing at Spa, with one line-up change.

Ex-F1 and WRT Blancpain racer Will Stevens will rejoin the JMW Motorsport Ferrari crew, after winning at Le Mans with them earlier this year. Stevens – who will race with the team at the season finale after Spa also – is driving in place of Johnny Cocker, alongside Rob Smith and Jody Fanin.

“I’m now really looking forward to getting back into the Ferrari with JMW after our successful first race together at Le Mans. The car was a pleasure to drive there so I can’t wait to have more time back in it at a track I know well,” he said. “Spa is one of my favourites but especially tough in a GT car.

“JMW are second in the standings but the championship is close so I’ll be trying my hardest to help these guys win it. With two races to go, it’s all to play for so we will be giving it our everything.”

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