Eurointernational is the latest likely addition to the entry list for the 2019/20 Asian Le Mans Series, Team Owner Antonio Ferrari telling DSC at Barcelona today that he is in the process of finalising an eye-catching LMP2 Am programme with a pre-2017 car and a pair of well-known drivers from a Championship with a very significant fan following.
A second car for Asia is also under consideration.
This prospective programme looks set to add yet another car to a still-growing list of takers for the ACO’s Asian series (look out for another potential addition to be confirmed this weekend on DSC).
It’s been a topsy turvy few months for the squad, which is in the midst of title runs in the LMP3 classes of both the ELMS and Michelin Le Mans Cup. Its championship chances were put in significant jeopardy though when on the Friday of the Paul Ricard meeting, as outlined here on DSC French Authorities arrived to take court possession of both of the team’s Ligier P3s, this a result of a dispute with ex-team driver Giorgio Mondini.
The details of the dispute are, as these things always are, long and tedious. The upshot this weekend however, is that Eurointernational is here, together with the car that won last time out in Monza (featured), which is Chassis 020, incorrectly reported by DSC as a return for the ‘loaner’ 001 that was sent as an emergency replacement from Ligier for the seized car at Paul Ricard only.
The legal process still has some miles to cover but Ferrari reports that his case has been made and won in the Italian courts and the outstanding issue remains that the international court process simply takes time.
In the meantime, both of the seized cars are still in storage at Paul Ricard, awaiting the French court to action the Italian court decision.
Mr Mondini then will not be returning to the team.
Part of his ELMS epitaph will therefore be a Stewards decision missed by DSC at the time from Spa last season where he was fined 2000 Euros for unsporting behaviour. He was found to have gained unauthorised access to the RCNS system which is used by team managers to communicate with Race Control, in an attempt to get the pole-sitting LMP3 car (the #17 Ultimate Norma) penalised.