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40 Car Grid For ELMS At Spa

No SMP Racing LMP2 entry, DKR LMP3 returns

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The penultimate round of the 2018 European Le Mans Series takes place at Spa Francorchamps in just under two week’s time.

The Provisional entry sees several changes from Silverstone’s offering last month as the Championship battles develop.

In LMP2 the 16 car entry sees the return of the 27 IDEC Sport Ligier P217 Gibson, Aureélien Panis, son of Paris Barthez Competition Team co-owner Olivier Panis, will make his ELMS debut aboard the car after his originally planned first outing at Silverstone fell victim to a decision not to field the car.

The #35 SMP Racing Dallara P217 meanwhile does not feature on the entry, reason currently unknown.

The only other changes win the class see Olivier Pla step back into his regular seat in the #24 Racing Engineering Oreca after missing Silverstone to concentrate on his Ford GTE Pro effort in the WEC, Matthieu Vaxiviere stepping back out in Belgium.

There’s a new look driver squad in the #40 G-Drive Racing (Graff) Oreca for the second consecutive ELMS race as Jose Gutierrez follows Enzo Guibbert out, Arden GP3 racer Julien Falchero and Henning Enqvist step in, the Swede already has a pair of ELMS starts this season in LMP3 (one apiece for DKR Engineering and Team Virage).

Francois Perrodo’s TDS operated Oreca is now en route to Japan and will miss the final two rounds of the ELMS to focus on the WEC campaign.

DKR Engineering rejoin the ELMS after missing Silverstone with another new look squad Christian Vaglio (moving over from Cool Racing last time out) and Marvin Klien, both of whom have contested VdeV races in Cool Racing LMP3s.

There are driver changes too for the #4 Cool Racing Ligier, Antonin Borga back in his regular seat after being subbed by his brother Lucas last time out, Antonin choosing to stay home to support his wife as she was imminently expecting the both of their child, He is joined by Alexandre Coigny who has seen action all season in the Michelin Le Mans Cup.

Mattia Drudi impressed mightily last time out on his LMP3 and ELMS debuts in the #11 Eurointernational Ligier, he switches to the teams’s #12 Ligier this time out.

And finally the #14 Inter Europol Ligier sees a driver change too, Moritz Müller-Crepon replacing Hendrik Still.

The four hours of Spa Francorchamps starts on 23 September.

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