34 is the number on ELMS

When the European Le Mans Series in its current format started in 2012, thin grids were a painful scene to watch, with even the scene of having 13 cars starting a race that year. But looking back to 2012, it seems like the debut year of the renewed European championship was like an exception to the rule, as the grids started to grew, with the 2014 season having an average car count of 36 machines.

And to certify that the success continues, ACO announced the number of full season entries for the 2015 season, and 34 cars were confirmed, spread into four classes: LMP2, the new LMP3, LMGTE and GTC. The green flag for the new season will be given at April 11th, with the 4 Hours of Silverstone.

In the LMP2 class, series regulars Pegasus Racing, Jota Sport, Greaves Motorsport, Thiriet by TDS Racing and Murphy Prototypes are set to return. Five teams were added, including FIA WEC LMP2 champions of SMP Racing and their new BR01 models.

The LMP3 class will be in fact a “Ginetta Cup”, as all seven entrants will use the Ginetta-Juno model. Worth mention is the double Team LNT entry, with Olympic medalist Sir Chris Hoy in one of the cars, and the return of the famous Rollcentre Racing to ACO competition, after departing in 2008, when they raced a Pescarolo 01 LMP1.

The LMGTE category mantains AF Corse, JMW Motorsports and AT Racing with their Ferraris, as well Gulf Racing UK and its Porsche that debuted mid-season in 2014. Additions to the grid include Proton Competition with one Porsche 911, Danish guys of Formula Racing, who raced in GTC last year, and the European debut of the BMW Z4 GTE, in the hands of the Marc VDS Racing Team.

The GTC category has the smallest grid, with 6 cars, basically composed by AF Corse Ferraris, with the TDS Racing BMW Z4 and the Massive Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage V12 as their opposition.

Check the entry list here.

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