After an inaugural year with the European Le Mans Series LMP3 grid being composed by Ginettas, 2016 will have a single British car confirmed for a single race for Murphy Prototypes until they can get the new Riley-Ave AR2 model. Although the brand suffered a heavy loss of territory due to issues about the car conception and the arrival of the Ligier JS P3, it seems that some models may travel to Asia later in the year.
The Asian Le Mans Series is going to its second year with LMP3 presence, but the 2015/2016 season saw only the Ligier JS P3 and the ADESS 03 models, with the 2016/2017 season being a debut for the Ginetta in Asian soil.
It was confirmed this Wednesday (13) that PRT Racing Team will join ARC Bratislava as the users of the model, months ahead of the start of the new Asian LMS season. PRT owner and driver Ate de Jong steps up to prototype competition after competing in karts and some minor series in Philippines. The other driver of the car is Charlie Robertson, who comes from the Team LNT operation that was champion of the LMP3 class in 2015 ELMS season.
Along with being the current LMP3 champion, Robertson also has titles in the Ginetta Junior and Ginetta GT4 Supercup championships, so the addition of the British driver to the lineup means a good link to the factory to PRT.
While we can have up to three Ginettas in the Asian LMS, there's nothing confirmed about possible opponents in the class, as DC Racing may focus in their Alpine operation in the FIA World Endurance Championship, meaning the winning Ligier JS P3 may not return, which is also the same situation of the pair of ADESS 03 from Team AAI, specially with the troubled season they had as their cars hit troubles during every race, with one of the withdrawing with one round to go.
PHOTOS: Ginetta Cars, ARC Bratislava