Entries for the first season of the Ligier European Series have already been arriving at a significant rate just days after the entry opened.
The new for 2020 Series is set to support the ELMS package at every round aside from Silverstone next season with a mix of Ligier JS P4 prototypes and JS 2R GT cars, both powered by the same 3.7 litre Ford V6 engine. 2018 ELMS LMP3 Champions RLR Msport announced last week that they would enter a Ligier JS2 R for the 2020 Ligier European Series.
“Our Ligier European Series entry will stand at the base of RLR MSport’s ladder to the 24 Hours of Le Mans,” explained Nick Reynolds, Director of Motorsport Operations. “It’s a cost-effective launchpad for gentlemen drivers wishing to enjoy themselves on the best tracks in Europe, but also for young talents who wish to improve and learn how to operate as part of a professional racing team at the highest levels of motorsport.”
Jean-Bernard Bouvet’s new Driving Institute, the “Institut de Pilotage Automobile” will also join the series in a Ligier JS2 R and/or a Ligier JS P4.
“When I had the idea of creating the first Endurance GT and/or LMP Prototypes nursery, the perfect championship was the Ligier European Series, said Jean-Bernard Bouvet, President of the Institut de Pilotage Automobile. A single-make series is a good way to showcase the best drivers. It was also a no-brainer for me to choose the French constructor Ligier Automotive, involved in all the endurance championships. The Ligier European Series, featured during the same weekends as the European Le Mans Series, will offer great visibility to our young drivers.”
ZOSH Compétition managed by Jean-René de Fournoux, will also enter a Ligier JS2 R and a Ligier JS P4. The team ran three Ligier JS2 Rs in the 2019 Ligier JS Cup France, the French endurance formula dedicated to the Ligier JS2 R, and clinched first and second places in the overall classification!
“ZOSH Compétition is excited to partner with the Institut de Pilotage Automobile”, added Jean-René de Fournoux. “We have a long history with Jean-Bernard which started 20 years ago when we were co-drivers at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and in LMES. When Jean-Bernard introduced his project, it appeared to me as an obvious move. It is simply what we would have dreamed of when we started our career. These young talents will have at their disposal all the tools and competencies necessary to quickly evolve in the professional world of motorsport. We will help them to fast-track their career”.
Stéphane Roux’s MV2S Racing squad will also enter two Ligier JS2 Rs.
“We’ve been keeping a close eye on the Ligier JS2 R since it was unveiled and on the launch of the Ligier JS Cup France,” said Stéphane. “We were looking for a cost-effective product that receives widespread media coverage for our clients.
“The announcement of the Ligier European Series came at the right moment for us as we’d just finalised a programme in LMP3 in the Michelin Le Mans Cup with one of our clients. What’s more, by contacting Ligier to buy the new Ligier JS P320 operating two Ligier JS2 Rs in the Ligier European Series is an obvious step for us. With a beautiful car with a good ratio between cost and performance, a great field in the making and everything on the same weekends as the European Le Mans Series and the Michelin Le Mans Cup, it’s absolutely ideal for our clients and it makes sense from a financial point of view.” The team is currently in the process of finalising its two-driver lineups.
Italian outfit HP Racing Team, which has just finished the season in the Ultimate Cup Series with three victories out of three events, will enter its Ligier JS P4 in the Ligier European Series with Eurointernational managed by Antonio Ferrari.
“The announcement last July of the launch of this new single-make series immediately caught our attention, declared Abramo Levato, CEO of HP Racing Team. We rapidly decided to enter this championship with our Ligier JS P4 allowing us to visit some of the best European tracks. Thanks to the experience accumulated during the Ultimate Cup Series with Eurointernational at our side, we are now ready to tackle this new challenge.”