There are a number of new teams, as well as teams with new cars in the European Le Mans Series 2022.
The entry list for the season consists of 42 cars, divided into LMP2, LMP3 and GTE categories.
We have familiar faces in the LMP2 class such as United Autosports, who only comes with one car in the series while they went up to the FIA WEC. Algarve Pro Racing is once again represented with two cars, one of which is under G-Drive Racing by APR and the other called G-Drive Racing. There’s hope for three cars since there is already one G-Drive Racing car in the FIA WEC.
Inter Europol Competition has taken an LMP2 car this year, besides their two usual LMP3 cars. For Danish people, #43 in LMP2 is interesting since David Heinemeier Hansson will drive the car alongside Fabio Scherer and Pietro Fittpaldi.
TDS Racing is back under their own name, with the name Vaillante added, as we saw with Rebellion a couple of years ago.
Racing Team Turkey #34 comes for the second year in a row, just as BHK Motorsport with their one car.
Panis Racing will do another season, with an improved line-up as we previously wrote.
Amongst the new teams, we have Prema, who also has an FIA WEC team. So far, only Juan Manuel Correa is registered as their driver.
AF Corse #88 will come with their FIA WEC line-up with Francois Perrodo, Alessio Rovera, and Danish Nicklas Nielsen.
All in all, there are seventeen LMP2 cars.
Mühlner Motorsport is amongst the teams, who have bought a new car. They will race in both the LMP2 and LMP3 categories, which is also the case with Team Virage.
COOL Racing continues with a car in LMP2 and two in LMP3, and the good news for the Danes is that Malthe Jakobsen will be on board their Ligier JS P320 #17 in the LMP3 category, which he shares with Michael Benham and Maurice Smith.
Michael Jensen, Nick Adcock and Alex Kapadia are new teammates at RLR MSport #5. The team also has their usual #15, with three new drivers Horst Felbermeyr Jr. Valentino Catalano and Austin McCusker. The latter drove for Nielsen Racing in the 2021 season.
Graff Racing comes with an LMP2 car as they do in the Asian Le Mans Series.
United Autosports comes once again with two cars, while Nielsen Racing only takes one. Eurointernational comes with their #11 and #12, which is under the G-Drive Racing name as well as the defending champions from DKR Engineering,
In the LMP3 category, there are twelve cars. Which is a little less than last year.
Absolute Racing steps into the GTE category, after their Le Mans race last year, where they got their hands on one of the most coveted Porsche 911 RSR models. Proton Competition will help them.
Proton Competition is back with two Porsches, in which #77 is the classic one with Christian Ried and Gianmaria Bruni, while #93 will again be driven by Michael Fassbender and Richard Lietz.
Iron Lynx will come with two Ferrari cars, one of them will belong to the Iron Dames name, with Rahel Frey being the only driver announced for #83.
Rinaldi Racing moves up from Michelin Le Mans Cup to ELMS, and comes with two Ferraris. There are also Spirit of Race, JMW Motorsport, and Kessel Racing with the Italian brand.
TF Sport will bring two Aston Martins, which both will be run under the Oman Racing With TF Sport name. Marco Sørensen will be on board #69 with Ahmad Al Harthy and Samuel de Haan.
Overall, there are thirteen GTE cars.
We’ll come back with a deeper analysis later.