The European Le Mans Series, back under new management after cancelling half of the 29012 season, is apparently functioning as intended: offering a regional series for new teams not willing or able to afford the World Endurance Championship.
Three teams, two LMP2 and one GTE-Am (the only GTE option in ELMS) have recently announced their intentions to compete in ELMS in 2013:
RAM Racing, run by Dan Shufflebottom, Michael Schumacher’s lead mechanic on the Mercedes F1 team and funded by Middle Eastern money, will bring two Ferrari 458s to the five ELMS rounds, and will also apply for Le Mans. ALMS vet and former Lotus factory driver Johnny Mowlem has already been signed.
Morand racing plans to enter an LMP2 Morgan in ELMS and also will apply for the 24. Team manager Benoît Morand has had experience—and success—in IndyCar as well as various European sports car series.
Finally, AF Racing International told Endurance-Info.com that it will compete in p2 with a chassis yet to be determined. Former GP2 and GT1 pilot José María López is associated with the project; nothing more is known.
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