44 Entries for 2016 European Le Mans Series

44 full-season entries will contest the 2016 European Le Mans Series, following an announcement at the FIA preseason conference in Paris.

LMP3 is the largest category with 20 cars, featuring a huge assemblage of 19 Ligier JS P3s and a sole Riley AR-2. Five teams – Eurointernational, Graff, United Autosports, OAK Racing and Duquiene Engineering – will contest the season with two cars each. 

The class has experienced a huge growth since its initial season in 2015 when seven cars took to the grid. Three teams have returned for season two of the ACO’s cost-cutting prototype formula, including RLR Sport, Villorba Corse and By Speed Factory.

In LMP2, 15 entries have been confirmed which is an increase of three from 2015. Greaves Motorsport will return to defend its overall title with a Gibson 015S and a Ligier JS P2, both Nissan powered. Jota Sport will return under the G-Drive banner, while Thiriet by TDS Racing is set to return with an Oreca 05-Nissan.

There are five new entries to note, coming from DragonSpeed, Panis Barthez Competition, So24! by Lombard Racing, Idec Sport Racing and Courage. All but the latter will field Ligier JS P2s, with Yves Courage’s team selecting the BR01-Nissan for 2016.

Changes have been made to the structure of the GT category, most notably the wrapping up of the GTC class. LMGTE remains, however, and there are nine entries on the list for the 2016 season.

Defending champions Formula Racing are back with a Ferrari 458 Italia that has Johnny Laursen as the listed driver. Other returnees include AF Corse (x2), JMW Motorsport and AT Racing, all of which will field the 458 Italia model.

Variety is provided by Proton Competition which has entered two Porsche 911 RSRs, and Aston Martin which is entering both a works team and a private entry for TDS Racing.

The 2016 European Le Mans Series will begin on March 22, when the teams assemble for the official pre-season test at Circuit Paul Ricard.

2016 European Le Mans Series Entry List

LMP21Greaves MotorsportGBRGibson 015S-NissanGary Hirsch
LMP221DragonSpeedUSAOreca 05-NissanHenrik Hedman
LMP222So24! by Lombard RacingFRALigier JS P2-JuddVincent Capillaire
LMP223Panis Barthez CompetitionFRALigier JS P2-NissanFabien Barthez
LMP225Algarve Pro RacingPORLigier JS P2-NissanMichael Munemann
LMP228Idec Sport RacingFRALigier JS P2-JuddPatrice Lafargue
LMP232CourageFRABR01-NissanAndreas Wirth
LMP233Eurasia MotorsportPHLOreca 05-NissanPu Jun Jin
LMP234Race PerformanceSUIOreca 03R-JuddNicolas Leutwiler
LMP238G-Drive RacingRUSGibson 015S-NissanSimon Dolan
LMP240Krohn RacingUSALigier JS P2-NissanTracy Krohn
LMP241Greaves MotorsportGBRLigier JS P2-NissanMemo Rojas
LMP246Thiriet by TDS RacingFRAOreca 05-NissanPierre Thiriet
LMP248Murphy PrototypesIREOreca 03R-NissanGreg Murphy
LMP32United AutosportsUSALigier JS P3-NissanAlex Brundle
LMP33United AutosportsUSALigier JS P3-NissanMark Patterson
LMP34OAK RacingFRALigier JS P3-NissanJean-Marc Merlin
LMP35By Speed FactoryESPLigier JS P3-NissanJesus Fuster
LMP36360 RacingGBRLigier JS P3-NissanTerrence Woodward
LMP37Villorba CorseITALigier JS P3-NissanRoberto Lacorte
LMP38Rae PerformanceSUILigier JS P3-NissanNicolas Leutwiler
LMP39GraffFRALigier JS P3-NissanEric Trouillet
LMP310GraffFRALigier JS P3-NissanJohn Falb
LMP311EurointernationalITALigier JS P3-NissanConstantino Peroni
LMP312EurointernationalITALigier JS P3-NissanJay Palmer
LMP313Inter Europol CompetitionPOLLigier JS P3-NissanJakub Smiechowski
LMP314MurphyP3-Dimensional.comIRERiley AR-2 NissanTony Ave
LMP315RLR SportGBRLigier JS P3-NissanOssy Yusuf
LMP316Panis Barthez CompetitionFRALigier JS P3-NissanEric Debard
LMP317UltimateFRALigier JS P3-NissanJean-Baptiste Lahaye
LMP318M.Racing - YMRFRALigier JS P3-NissanThomas Laurent
LMP319Duquiene EngineeringFRALigier JS P3-NissanDavid Hallyday
LMP320Duquiene EngineeringFRALigier JS P3-NissanTBA
LMP324OAK RacingFRALigier JS P3-NissanJacques Nicolet
LMGTE51AF CorseITAFerrari 458 ItaliaPiergiuseppe Perazzini
LMGTE55AF CorseITAFerrari 458 ItaliaDuncan Cameron
LMGTE56AT RacingAUTFerrari 458 ItaliaAlexander Talkanitsa
LMGTE59TDS RacingFRAAston Martin V8 VantageEric Dermont
LMGTE60Formula RacingDENFerrari 458 ItaliaJohnny Laursen
LMGTE76JMW MotorsportGBRFerrari 458 ItaliaRobert Smith
LMGTE77Proton CompetitionDEUPorsche 911 RSR 991Marco Seefried
LMGTE88Proton CompetitionDEUPorsche 911 RSR 991Gianluca Roda
LMGTE99Aston Martin RacingGBRAston Martin V8 VantageAndrew Howard