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Old 16 Nov 2016, 16:39 (Ref:3688584)   #16
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Well lammers being back at le mans will be good and i know plenty of dutch fans that will be very happy to see him
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Old 17 Nov 2016, 13:12 (Ref:3688844)   #17
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Almost 30 years after his overall victory! How long has it been since he last competed in the 24H, 10 years or so? (Jan ran in the Road to LM support race last year in a P3 but not with Van Eerd).

Davytec's Davy Lemmens used to be the Racing For Holland's crew chief, he and Lammers know each other pretty well.

I'm wondering how Barrichello got involved (as the initial idea was to have Jos Verstappen in the car with Lammers and Van Eerd (but Verstappen gave priority to overseeing his son's F1 career) and participate in this year's race).
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Old 17 Nov 2016, 15:19 (Ref:3688877)   #18
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Almost 30 years after his overall victory! How long has it been since he last competed in the 24H, 10 years or so? (Jan ran in the Road to LM support race last year in a P3 but not with Van Eerd).
5 years, last time I remember seeing Jan on the LM entry list was 2011 in the Hope Racing hybrid Oreca.
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Old 17 Nov 2016, 23:54 (Ref:3688969)   #19
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That's right but very limited running that time.
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Old 23 Dec 2016, 13:19 (Ref:3698121)   #20
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A non-Ligier joins the LMP3 field. Hard to mistake this for anything else...

http://sportscar365.com/lemans/elms/...ith-norma-m30/
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Old 23 Dec 2016, 21:33 (Ref:3698192)   #21
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A non-Ligier joins the LMP3 field. Hard to mistake this for anything else...

http://sportscar365.com/lemans/elms/...ith-norma-m30/
I hope that car will be competitive. It's always nice to have some competition, and it would be nice to see those guys on the podium. Back in the Renault Megane days, they often showed up with a Pirates flag on the rostrum. That was funny.
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Old 24 Dec 2016, 23:17 (Ref:3698370)   #22
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Is there any point to have a GTE am category in this series anymore?
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Old 25 Dec 2016, 10:49 (Ref:3698411)   #23
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Why wouldn't there be a point to the GTE Am class in ELMS? There's more than enough entries, and they're pretty established names, and some long time series supporters. JMW, Proton, Aston Martin, AF Corse. Dropping GTE-Am won't move these teams to WEC, it'll just move them to Blancpain or national series.

ELMS is meant to house more Am teams than Pro teams, hence why there is no LMP1 or GTE-Pro. So if you remove GTE-Am then you end up with a multi-class series with no GT class, that's meant to provide entries for Le Mans, which doesn't make any sense.

From the drivers side it works too. It's a step between national series and world series. Without GTE-Am, it'd force drivers to move to Blancpain before they can get a shot at WEC. Blancpain doesn't have prototypes, so there's not as much learning that can be taken from it. Without GTE-Am, it means that a GTE drivers first experience of being on track with an LMP will be in FIA WEC, with the LMP2 hybrids. Giving experience with LMP2s first is a far better idea, especially for Am drivers.

Of course this only applies to drivers in Europe. But it probably isn't a great idea to tell every driver in the European sportscar market to go through IMSA and move to the states to get a stepping stone from National to GTE-Pro.
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Old 27 Dec 2016, 14:00 (Ref:3698651)   #24
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Formula Racing won’t be back in ELMS in 2017. They raced in GTE-Am in the series the last few years. Short DSC article here.
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Old 1 Feb 2017, 19:33 (Ref:3708479)   #25
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As expected, Jota won't be back this year as Dolan takes a step back:

http://www.autosport.com/news/report...-title-defence
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Old 2 Feb 2017, 14:19 (Ref:3708717)   #26
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36 cars in field this year but only 7 GT's and LMP2 field a little light
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Old 2 Feb 2017, 14:25 (Ref:3708719)   #27
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LMP2
High Class Racing: Dallara
Graff: ORECA (x2)
Celtilar Villorbra Corse : Dallara
Tockwith Motorsport: Ligier
Racing Team Holland: Dallara
United Autosport: Ligier
SMP Racing : Dallara
IDEC Sport: Ligier
Panis Barthez Competition : Ligier
Algarve Pro Racing : Ligier
Dragonspeed: ORECA
G-Drive Racing: ORECA

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Spirit of Race: Ferrari 488 GTE (x2)
JMW Motorsport: Ferrari 458
Proton Competition: Porsche 911 (991) (x2)
TF Sport: Aston Martin
Beechdean: Aston Martin

LMP3
16 of them with 14 Ligier's and 2 Norma's

PDF is here http://europeanlemansseries.com/web/...-list-2017.pdf
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Old 2 Feb 2017, 14:30 (Ref:3708721)   #28
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Elms 2017

LMP2

Dragonspeed - Oreca 07
G-Drive - Oreca 07
Panis Barthez Competition - Ligier JSP217
Algarve we Pro Racing - Ligier JSP217
SMP Racing - Dallara P217
IDEC Sport Racing - Ligier JSP217
Racing Team Nederland - Dallara P217
United Autosports - Ligier JSP217
Tockwith Motorsports - Ligier JSP217
Graff Racing - Oreca 07
Graff Racing - Oreca 07
Celtilar Villorba Corse - Dallara P217
High Class Racing - Dallara P217

LMP3

United Autosports - Ligier JS P3
United Autosports - Ligier JS P3
By Speed Factory - Ligier JS P3
360 Racing - Ligier JS P3
Duqueine Engineering - Ligier JS P3
Duqueine Engineering - Ligier JS P3
AT Racing - Ligier JS P3
Oregon team - Norma M30
Eurointrnational - Ligier JS P3
Eurointrnational - Ligier JS P3
Inter Europol - Ligier JS P3
RLR Motorsport - Ligier JS P3
Panis Bathez Competition - Ligier JS P3
Ultimate - Ligier JS P3
M Racing YMR - Ligier JS P3
M Racing YMR - Norma M30

GTE

Spirit of Race - Ferrari 488 GTE
Spirit of Race - Ferrari 488 GTE
JMW Motorsport - Ferrari 458 Italia GTE
Proton Competition - Porsche 911 RSR
Proton Competition - Porsche 911 RSR
TF Sport - Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE
Beachdean AMR - Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE


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Old 2 Feb 2017, 14:50 (Ref:3708737)   #29
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Shame there's no Riley in P2, but a great mix none the less

Nice to see P3 is more mixed with a few Norma's coming in to break the Ligier lock

What happened to the Murphy Riley programme announced this time last year?!

Yet another still born P3?!

also nice to see a couple of new 488's, probably going to leave the older cars behind


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Old 2 Feb 2017, 15:16 (Ref:3708747)   #30
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The ELMS LMP2 field still has more variety than the WEC one.

Wasn't the Riley LMP3 posting "very competitive" laptimes in testing last year? Homologation issues again or is the car just too slow?
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