With the first three races of the season behind us, the ELMS teams and drivers are now fully focused on the 4 Hours of Silverstone next weekend.
The entry list for the event has now been released and it includes 42 cars, with 16 cars in LMP2, 19 in LMP3 and seven in GTE. And there are plenty of changes up and down the order, many caused by the event being a double-header with the FIA World Endurance Championship.
In LMP2, there are two cars missing that were present at the Red Bull Ring: the #17 IDEC Sport Ligier JS P217 and the #33 TDS Racing ORECA. IDEC’s ligier not being present notably means that Olivier Panis’ son Aurelien Panis will not be making his ELMS debut in the UK, as was previosuly planned.
On the driver front, Matthieu Vaxiviere replaces Olivier Pla in the #24 Racing Engineering ORECA, meaning Vaxi will be doing double duty, racing with TDS in the WEC during the weekend also.
Garry Findlay joins the #40 G-Drive Racing crew, the Briton returning to the ELMS, his last start back in 2016 with Murphy Prototypes.
Also of note, DragonSpeed is on the list, confirming that the American-flagged 2017 ELMS championship-winning team will racing in both ACO championships, with its WEC cars also entered for the weekend.
Matevos Issakyan meanwhile, is due to drive SMP Racing’s Dallara, the Russian driver though, is not down to be part of the Russian team’s (also racing in both the ELMS and WEC) LMP1 squad.
In LMP3, there’s also a few interesting changes. DKR, as it was until the last minute in Austria, has its #8 Norma as an all-TBA entry. At the Red Bull Ring, Ricardo Sanchez, Henning Enqvist and Fabien Lavergne drove the car.
And Enqvist will almost certainly not be driving the DKR Norma at Silverstone, as he’s down to race with Polish outfit Team Virage. Some DSC readers may remember that Team Virage announced that it would be considering an ELMS entry when it revealed that it would be racing in the VdeV this year back in February.
Elsewhere, the #19 M Racing YMR Norma will run with Romano Ricci (who will race in the WEC with Larbre too), in place of Alain Ferte, who was with the team in Austria. And 360 Racing’s #6 Ligier is now a three-driver crew, with James Swift listed to race in the third seat.
GTE sees just one change, and that’s the addition of Gulf Racing’s (partial season) Porsche 911 RSR, its WEC (double duty) trio of Ben Barker, Mike Wainwright and Alex Davison set to drive. This marks the UK-based team’s return to the ELMS since it competed in the season-opening round at Paul Ricard.