Greaves Motorsport Announces World Endurance Return

by Daniel Lloyd

European Le Mans Series champions Greaves Motorsport will return to the FIA World Endurance Championship as part of a two-car program for 2016.

The British outfit has purchased a Ligier JS P2 chassis for next year, to run in tandem with its existing Gibson 015S Nissan project.

Entries for the FIA WEC and ELMS are on the agenda, but it is currently unknown as to which car will compete in which championship.

“We were not anticipating the high level of interest for next season,” said team principal Jacob Greaves. “We sold our other Gibson chassis earlier in the year [to Strakka Racing] so we weighed up all the options and for us the Ligier was the obvious choice. We plan to start the program with Ligier in December in preparation for 2016.”

“We are very proud that Greaves Motorsport has chosen a Ligier JS P2,” added Onroak Automotive president Jacques Nicolet. “We know the professionalism of Jacob Greaves and his team, which has built up a solid set of results in endurance racing since 2011, so we’re delighted to share this new adventure with them.”

“The association of the winning team in the 2015 ELMS, Greaves Motorsport, and the car that clinched the LMP2 title in the FIA WEC, the Ligier JS P2, will certainly excel on the circuits next year,” he added. “I’m sure we can expect great results in the FIA WEC or in the ELMS.”

Greaves won the 2015 European Le Mans Series by two points with Bjorn Wirdheim, Gary Hirsch and Jon Lancaster driving the Gibson 015S Nissan. The team finished on the podium three times, including victories at Silverstone and Paul Ricard and a second place result at the Estoril finale which sealed the title.

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