Onroak Automotive enjoyed a particularly successful weekend with its Ligier chassis on different continents.
• The Ligier JS P2 put on a stunning performance in the first Mexico 6 Hours in which RGR Sport by Morand scored LM P2 pole position, victory and the fastest lap in the race with the no. 43 Ligier JS P2-Nissan-Dunlop. Joining them on the podium was the no. 31 Tequila Patron ESM Ligier JS P2-Nissan-Michelin.
• The Ligier JS P3 shone in the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup final with victory in each of the two races going respectively to Wineurasia and DC Racing who also won the title.
• The Ligier JS 53 EVO 2 scored another success with Eurointernational on the Vallelunga circuit keeping it into the lead in the Italian Sport Prototype Championship just before the final round.
• The Ligier JS 49 clinched its third win in the African Endurance Series with Rico Barlow Racing.
FIA WEC – Mexico 6 Hours (MEX), round 5/9
The Mexico 6-Hours race, the fifth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship, was a great success for the teams and the 38 000 spectators who came to cheer them on. Driven by Ricardo Gonzalez, Bruno Senna and Felipe Albuquerque the no. 43 Ligier JS P2-Nissan-Dunlop in the red and green colours of Mexico had a perfect weekend with, in LM P2 class, pole position, fastest lap and a memorable victory after a thrilling finish to the race. In its home event RGR Sport by Morand finished on the topmost step of the LM P2 podium in front of the no. 36 Signatech Alpine and the no. 31 Ligier JS P2 run by the Tequila Patron ESM team.
Thanks to their second win and their third top-3 finish, RGR Sport by Morand is more than ever a real title contender with the no. 43 Ligier JS P2-Nissan-Dunlop, and it has reduced the lead of the no. 36 Signatech Alpine A460-Nissan-Dunlop, the current leader in the LM P2 category, to 30 points.
The no. 31 Ligier JS P2-Nissan-Michelin fought its way up through the LM P2 field from tenth to third place with the help of a great performance by its drivers and the whole Tequila Patron ESM team to clinch its fourth LM P2 top-3 finish in five races. Thanks to this result the team is back again in third place in the provisional LM P2 classification. The american team’s second Ligier JS P2-Nissan-Michelin, no. 30, saw the chequered flag in ninth place in LM P2 helped by a nice stint from Ed Brown.
Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup – Sepang (MAL) round 3/3
The Ligier JS P3s and Ligier JS 53 EVO were again in brilliant form in the third and last round of the inaugural Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup setting one pole position and sealing both victories over the weekend.
Thanks to their win in the second race, their second in the series, fledgling team DC Racing and their no. 1 Ligier JS P3 won their second title this weekend in the first Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup after the one in the LM P3 category in the Asian Le Mans Series at the beginning of the year.
Despite starting from the pits, Wineurasia won the weekend’s first race with their no. 94 Ligier JS P3, and finished second in the following day’s heat.
Finally, the no. 68 PS Racing Ligier JS 53 EVO, which has got among the LM P3s on a regular basis in the six races in the series, finished fourth in both the weekend’s heats and led on Saturday for several laps! The team also won the title in the CN category giving it an invitation for the 2016-2017 Asian Le Mans Series.
Italian Sport-Prototypes Championship – Vallelunga (ITA) round 5/6
In addition to their performances in the European Le Mans Series with its two Ligier JS P3s, Eurointernational runs a Ligier JS 53 EVO 2 con brio in the Italian Sport Prototypes Championship as it did last year. Davide Uboldi’s win on Saturday from the Norma M20F of Walter Margelli gave the Onroak Automotive CN car another victory and it is leading the classification just before the last round of the season.
African Endurance Series – Zwartkops (RSA)
The Rico Barlow Racing no.3 Ligier JS 49 won the 3–hour race followed by the no. 69 Juno SS3 entered by Harp Motorsport after a ding-dong battle between the two cars. It was the Ligier sport-prototype’s third victory in the series.
Jacques Nicolet, President of Onroak Automotive:
What a weekend! Our three types of Ligier were racing on four continents and our clients drove them to victory in the three categories in which we’re entered. I’d like to thank all these teams who flew our colours with such success throughout the world with pole positions, podium finishes and victories, and a second title for the fledgling team, DC Racing.
I would also like to congratulate one man in particular, Ricardo Gonzalez, as well as those who work with him. In addition to being an excellent gentleman driver, he has done a brilliant job launching his own team this season and it has already scored two victories with the Ligier JS P2. This weekend he also made a great success of his new role as promoter of the Mexico 6.
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