LMP3 en­try grows to 19 for this year’s Euro­pean Le Mans Se­ries

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The LMP3 class has grown to 19 cars for its se­cond sea­son within the Euro­pean Le Mans Se­ries, with Ligier the dom­i­nant man­u­fac­turer.

Of the 19 en­tries on the pro­vi­sional LMP3 list, 18 are the French firm’s new JS P3 chas­sis, with the sole re­main­ing car be­ing an Ave-ri­ley ma­chine en­tered by Mur­phy Pro­to­types. LMP3 trail­blazer Ginetta has no cars en­tered, de­spite mak­ing up the en­tirety of the LMP3 mar­ket for most of last sea­son.

Many teams have switched away from run­ning the Leeds­built chas­sis af­ter a dis­pute be­tween it and pow­er­train sup­plier Oreca. Sources have now con­firmed this dis­pute has been re­solved, so Ginet­tas could re­turn to the grid for the start of the new sea­son at Sil­ver­stone on April 16.

Along­side its 18 LMP3 en­tries, Ligier also has eight LMP2 chas­sis, mean­ing it will sup­ply 60 per cent of the field.

No Ginetta P3s en­tered

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