Irish LMP2 outfit Murphy Prototypes has confirmed that it will expand its European Le Mans Series stable with an LMP3 entry in 2016.
Greg Murphy’s team will run an Ave-Riley AR-2 in this year’s six round ELMS season, starting at Silverstone on April 16.
The Ave-Riley LMP3 project is the only American-based LMP3 manufacturer program, combining the expertise of Ave Motorsport and Riley Technologies (constructor of Daytona Prototypes for IMSA).
Tony Ave, CEO of Ave Motorsport, has been confirmed as a driver for the 2016 LMP3 championship. Ave will be joined by long-time team-mate Doug Peterson, winner of the 2014 Trans Am championship.
Murphy Prototypes’ entry will run in conjunction with U.S. engineering company 3-Dimensional Services, which deals with the development and assembly of functional prototypes.
The team has not yet confirmed an LMP2 entry for the 2016 ELMS season, but will reveal its further plans in the next few weeks.
“After four years of competition in the European Le Mans Series as a private entry, we are delighted to be running a factory-endorsed team for the first time”, said Team Principal Greg Murphy. “We are also pleased to continue our partnership with Oreca engines into LMP3.
“We are confident that our experience of competing at the front of the field in the LMP2 category, both in the ELMS and at Le Mans, combined with our new partnership with 3-Dimensional, means that we will hit the ground running from the start of the season.”