After the creation and debut of the LMP3 class for the ACO regional series this year, Onroak Automotive already has announced plans to build a car for the new class, the Ligier JS P3, which will take some of the knowledge and expertise that Onroak Automotive used in the LMP2 platform with the consistent JS P2 model.
While the official presentation of the younger brother in the Ligier prototype family is set to occur at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the JS P3 won’t take part of the Journée Test, the official test days for the classic French endurance race. But don’t worry, because you, dear fan, won’t have to wait until next year to see the Ginetta-Juno horde have some opposition in the LMP3 category.
French-based Graff Racing is the first customer team to acquire the Ligier JS P3, and they plan to debut the machine in the 4 Hours of Estoril, the final round of the 2015 European Le Mans Series season.
Graff Racing is a well-known team in France which in recent years competed in prototypes and GT machinery. They already have a relationship with Onroak Automotive due to the use of Ligier JS 53 EVO CN models in the VdeV Endurance Proto. The plan for 2015 was to acquire a Ligier JS P2 and race in 24 Hours of Le Mans, but that plan didn’t came to fruition, so they opted to step down the game and go for a less costly solution in the prototype ranks.
Combined with an ELMS debut of the JS P3, a debut in the VdeV championship is set at Estoril too, where a six-hour race will take part to end the season.
Onroak’s plans are to extend the range of customers with the JS P3 not only to Europe, but to Asia too. CRAFT-Bamboo Racing ran a Ligier JS 53 EVO in the Asian Le Mans Series last year, so they can be candidates to get one JS P3 model.
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