Algarve Pro Racing will enter two cars in the European Le Mans Series 2019. At least, that is the plan ahead of the final confirmation of the entry list.
They announced the names of the drivers their other car one week ago, and the wording in that release could lead towards a single car entry – but that has been doubled up by this announcement.
Tacksung Kim is back on the team, while Henning Enqvist and James French are new to the blue ORECA 07 Gibson LMP2 car.
Korean Kim also raced ELMS for the team in 2018, but was racing in #25. He had his first racing with the team in the Asian Le Mans Series 2016/17, and has since then been tightly knotted with the team.
Swedish driver Enqvist is new to the team, and new in the LMP2 category. The 24 year-old started out in karting, and went on to do things like Radical Scandinavia and European Masters. He made his LMP3 debut in 2017 in the VdeV series, and now the real estate dealer from Stockholm wanna try out an LMP2 car in the ELMS.
James French already knows the LMP2 cars from the USA, where he races for Performance Tech Motorsports in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. He was the final Champion in the PC category, which used the ORECA FLM09, that was known as a LMPC car in Europe. It’s the first time since 2014, that he has had a big programme outside the Performance Tech Motorsports team, so it will be a big change of for the 26 year-old driver.
Algarve Pro Racing also raced with 2 cars in the ELMS 2018, with #25 in their own name, while #31 was run under the APR – Rebellion Racing banner, getting a bit of support from the watch manufacturer. Both 2019 cars will run under the Algarve Pro Racing name – as long as they both will get the entry permission.
The entry list for the European Le Mans Series 2019 will be announced within the next ten days.