DSC has had sight of an early provisional entry for the opening round of the forthcoming Masters Endurance Legends Series at Imola and it already looks like being a hugely impressive and entertaining mix for the Series that welcomes Sports Prototypes and GT cars from 1995-2012.
There are some significant cars still to emerge for the entry, including some ex factory LMP1 cars and GT1 monsters from the early 21st century but the first 20 plus cars include some significant names and cars.
Amongst the drivers listed there are at least half a dozen who have Le Mans 24 Hours starts on their cvs including double LMP2 winner Mike Newton who is listed in his beloved MG Lola EX257 alongside Ranieri Randaccio (Lucchini LMP2), Gareth Evans *(Creation LMP1, Ralph Meichtry (Oreca 03 LMP2, Pierre Bruneau (Pilbeam MP93 LMP2), and Michel Frey (Oreca 03 LMP2).
Steve Tandy is listed in his ex-Dyson Racing Lola B12/60 AER LMP1 (seen below), RLR MSPort man Mike Smith is listed in an ex-SMP Racing Oreca 03 whilst Regular racer Jon Minshaw fields a GT2 spec Ferrari 458.
Other highlights in the entry thus far are an Audi R8 LMP900, Travis Engen back after competing with his ex factory car at the Preview race last October at Spa.
There’s a glorious 2009 Lola Aston Martin in the hands of Christophe D’Ansembourg whilst Darius Ahrabian fields another Lola built beast, an ex Kolles Racing Lotus T128 LMP2 coupe.
Nikolaus Ditting brings his Aston Martin DBR9 to the entry and there is an ex GT1 Viper GTSR too for Olivier Tancogne.
Team Box list an intriguing trio of cars, a Ferrari 333SP, Panoz GTR 1 and HPD ARX 03A.
Add to that little lot a pair of ORECA FLM09s a Courage LC75 and a 2007 GT2 Porsche and it whets the appetite for the dozen or so additional entries still to come!
Masters Endurance Legnsds gets underway at Imola from April 20-22.