A new lineup for Murphy Prototypes at Imola

by Daniel Lloyd

Murphy Prototypes has confirmed its lineup for the second round of the European Le Mans Series at Imola on May 15.

The Irish LMP2 squad will welcome two new drivers – Patrick McClughan and Garry Findlay – to the #48 Oreca 03R-Nissan for the four hour race.

The pair will join Sean Doyle, who made his ELMS debut with Murphy Prototypes at the Silverstone season opener in April.

Findlay is the most experienced of the trio, having finished on the podium at the 2015 ELMS finale with Graff in LMP3.

The 26 year old from Norfolk also has race experience in the VdeV Prototype Series, and in the British Formula Ford Championhip.

McClughan, meanwhile, is another rising name in sportscar racing who recently won the Sunoco Challenge after an impressive 2015 season in Radicals. The 21 year old Northern Irishman’s prize drive in the Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge race at Daytona has allowed him to branch his career further to include LMP2 machinery.

“Our team has always been committed to showcasing young talent and giving drivers the opportunity to develop their natural ability,” said team principal Greg Murphy.

“Garry has already demonstrated what he can do in Formula Ford and then underlined it in VdeV. Patrick is an incredibly exciting prospect: he has shown his speed in the Radical Championship and has even beaten former Murphy Prototypes drivers such as Alex Kapadia and James Littlejohn. Seán did a great job for us at Silverstone on his first time out in an LMP2 car and it’s good to have him driving for us again.”

“All three of them are quick and hungry young drivers, so I’m thrilled they are with us at Imola. We are confident that racing with Murphy Prototypes will be a huge step forward in helping them reach their motorsport goals.”

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