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Krohn to make LMP2 move for 2015

Krohn Racing will step up from the GT class to the LMP2 category in 2015 after purchasing a Ligier JS P2.
Stalwart GT team Krohn Racing has announced it will be moving into the LMP2 sportscar ranks in 2015 after purchasing a new Ligier JS P2 closed-roof coupe.

The American outfit, which currently competes with a Ferrari 458 Italia in the United SportsCar Championship and raced at Le Mans this season, has purchased the new generation LMP2 machine on the back of Ligier's impressive showing in the endurance classic, where late technical issues robbed it of a class win.

Though the team hasn't confirmed whether it will remain in USCC, where LMP2 machines compete against Daytona prototypes, or make the switch to WEC, the Krohn Ligier JS P2 will at least differ from its counterparts through the use of a Judd engine.

A measure of the chassis' versatility to utilise different powerplants, other customers of the car – which is developed by French firm Onroak Automotive - are using Nissan and Honda engines.

“I'm delighted that Krohn Racing has decided to run a Ligier JS P2 in 2015,” said Onroak Automotive President Jacques Nicolet. “Tracy Krohn and I share the same view of motor racing and the same passion, so I'm proud that he has chosen our new sports prototype. It's the first Ligier JS P2 we've sold in the USA and I have high hopes for this collaboration. We'll do everything in our power so that Krohn Racing will be fully satisfied with their Onroak Automotive sports prototype.”

Having tested the car during the summer, owner-driver Tracy Krohn is looking forward to racing the car competitively in 2015

“I'm very much looking forward to the possibilities that have opened up for next season. We had been discussing the switch from our Ferrari to a LMP2 car for some time and the decision was very much dependent on how the car felt when we went for a test. Both Nic [Jonsson] and I had a chance to get behind the wheel of the Ligier and really liked driving it. The ergonomics work me, which has historically been difficult due to my frame.

“We were able to partner with Judd as our engine supplier and believe the Ligier-Judd pairing will offer a formidable entry, so the decision was made to move forward with the package for competition in 2015.

“Although competing in the P2 car will be a big step and transition for us, I'm confident that our team can get the new car up to speed. We will make a final decision about the series and races in which we chose to compete when all the schedules are announced later this year. We're truly excited for the opportunities that we expect will come with being a prototype-contending team.”

Tagged as: Krohn Racing , Ligier , JS P2

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