After starting the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship season with their reliable HPD ARX-03b, it’s time to retire the open-top machines and go for the new Ligier JS P2 models that Tequila Patrón Extreme Speed Motorsports will use for the rest of the year, while the HPD ARX-04b isn’t ready to roll.
In a work that took six weeks, Onroak Automotive deliveried the two coupé LMP2 models that ESM will use, still with the Honda engines from their previous machines. The team already tested the machines at Magny-Cours, in France, with the company of G-Drive Racing driver Pipo Derani, due to his experience with the machine.
While the rain was a not very welcome guest to the French circuit, all the drivers of the ESM team were able to turn laps do get used to the Ligier machinery, with good impressions from all of them, according to team owner and driver Scott Sharp.
With the addition of the ESM machines, the number of Ligier JS P2 models from the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps onwards will go up to at least five, with another one from OAK Racing entering in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, becoming easily the most used machine in the LMP2 class.
PHOTO: Tequila Patrón ESM