40 cars at Spa

There will be forty cars for the second round of the European Le Mans Series, which will be run at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium in one and a half weeks time.

There will be an extra car in the LMP2 category, where JOTA #38 from the FIA World Endurance Championship will do a one-off, with Anthony Davidson and Roberto Gonzalez will be joined by Jake Dennis, since their regular third driver, Antonio Felix da Costa is busy in Formula E in Berlin, during the same weekend.

Mikkel Jensen Roman Rusinov will be reduced to a pair in the G-Drive Racing #26, since both Jean-Eric Vergne and Nyck de Vries also are active in Berlin. To not include a fifth man in the driving squad, they will do it on their own – just like United Autosports #22 with Filipe Albuquerque and Phil Hanson.

The LMP3 category will see the same twelve cars as on Paul Ricard earlier this month. The only change is by RLR MSport, where American Robert Megennis will share the Ligier JS P320 Nissan with Danish Malthe Jakobsen and Canadian James Dayson. Jakobsen and Dayson finished third at the opening round. Megennis usually races in Indy Lights, but that series has been cancelled for this year due to COVID-19, so he will race in ELMS instead, to do some racing miles.

G-Drive Racing #26
Photo: JJ Media

The GTE category has grown quite a bit. There is a total of 12 cars entered, compared to the 8 full season cars. They will be joined by Aston Martin Racing #98, AF Corse Ferrari #54 and #88, plus Red River Sport Ferrari #62.

AMR #98 will run Paul Dalla Lana and Mathias Lauda once again, while Augusto Farfus will be the new third driver as a warm-up for him, since he will do the rest of the FIA WEC season with the team, including Le Mans.

AF Corse Ferrari #54 will run with Thomas Flohr and Francesco Castellacci, while their regular third driver, Giancarlo Fisichella has to wait another week to race the car.

AF Corse Ferrari #88 is the car we usually know as #83 in the FIA WEC. Francois Perrodo and Emmanuel Collard will be joined by Harrison Newey, since Nicklas Nielsen has a 2020 ranking of Gold, following his Ferrari factory deal being signed. He remains Silver-ranked in the FIA WEC for the rest of the year, since the season is already running.

Red River Sport Ferrari #62 will have Bonamy Grimes, Charlie Hollings and Johnny Mowlem, as their regular FIA WEC crew.

The 4 Hours of Spa Francorchamps will be run on 9 August, with race start at 11.00 CET.

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