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ELMS News Notebook: LMP2 Growth, Algarve Pro’s Race Against Time

Chatin staying put for Portimao, Oregon to return in 2018

LMP2 growth likely

In addition to the potential LMP2 plans reported earlier this week from Yvan Muller, at least three of the 2017 crop of LMP2 runners have reported to DSC that they are planning to expand to two-car efforts in 2018 with a similar mix of ORECA, Ligier and Dallara chassis looking set to grace the ELMS next season.

Algarve Pro Race Against Time

The accident that befell the #25 Algarve Pro Ligier of Andrea Roda at Pouhon left almost every body panel on the car broken, the team then facing a race against time to repair the car before an important test tomorrow.

Team manager Sam Cox: “Andrea got too wide into Pouhon and found himself with no grip. The car is not in good shape but it did its job and looked after Andrea.  We need the car on Thursday for an important test with our Asian Le Mans Series customers. The car they will drive in Asia is already en route to China.

“It’s a big job but we’ll get it done.”

Chatin stays put

Paul-Loup Chatin replaced Olivier Pla at Spa in the #28 IDEC Sport Racing Ligier JS P217. He will remain at the wheel of that car at Portimao during the last round of the ELMS season.

Oregon Team set to remain in the ELMS, LMP3 next season

Oregon Team manager Jerry Canevisio has confirmed that his team will compete in the ELMS next year.

“We felt that the Norma  M30 was the right car to have for our maiden season” he said. “It was a big gamble: we did not know the car and we were typically used to compete in monotype formulas. Yet, we did well and we are satisfied with our overall performance level. Oregon Team has won all the series in which it has competed thus far.

“I see no reason why we could not achieve that objective in the ELMS. So we will come back next year, in the LMP3 category with our Norma”