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4H The Bend: Thursday Paddock Notes, Good News Bad News

Rick Ware Racing Confirm Driver Squads, K2 Uchino ORECA unlikely to race

Good News

Both Rick Ware Racing Ligier JS P2 Nissans for the LMP2 AM class are set to be racing this weekend after the logistical challenges at Shanghai saw the #25 unable to start.

The #52 car that raced at Shanghai will still see Cody Ware at the wheel but he’ll now be joined not by Mark Kvamme, but instead by young Lithuanian driver Gustas Grinbergas, who raced in the ELMS with Oregon Team in LMP3 in 2019.

The sister #25 Ligier sees Shanghai entrant Phil Mulacek, long-time vintage racer and 2019 entrant (with Kessel Racing) at the Road to Le Mans race.

He’ll be joined by a returning Asian Le Mans Series Champion as 2017/18 LMP3 Champion and 2018/19 LMP2 Am race winner Guy Cosmo combines with highly experienced US racer Anthony Lazarro to form a three-driver squad.

Bad News



The K2 Uchino ORECA 07 Gibson looks set to be confirmed as a withdrawal after Haruki Kurosawa was unable to travel on a health-related matter.

The team spent Wednesday prepping the car after its late-race Shanghai issue before final news broke of their likely non-participation here.

That, rather oddly, leaves us with the same number of cars that are in Shanghai, though with two withdrawals and two additions! (The other two changes were documented in our set of Paddock Notes on Wednesday.)

Support

The support race for the 4 Hours of The Bend this weekend comes from the Australian Prototype Series, a non-championship round on the full 7.7km GT Circuit.

There’s a six-car entry of small open-top prototypes including the Radical of Peter Paddon and Garth Walden who are doing double duty alongside their drives in the #14 Inter Europol Competition Ligier in the Asian Le Mans Series.