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ELMS: Pla rejoins Krohn for Ricard

Olivier Pla has been recalled to the Krohn Racing line-up to bring his experience and of both car and track to 4 Hours of Le Castellet.

Krohn Racing has added Olivier Pla alongside owner/driver Tracy Krohn and Nic Jonsson for this weekend's ELMS 4 Hours of Le Castellet at Circuit Paul Ricard.

Pla previously raced with the Krohn/Jonsson duo at the 12 Hours of Sebring in March and will fill the third driver seat in the #40 Krohn Racing Ligier-Judd JS P2 formerly occupied by Oswaldo Negri Jr and Julien Canal.

Pla, who has two 8 Hours of Castellet endurance races under his belt, including a fourth-place finish in 2011 in the Quifel ASM Team Zytek LMP1, has also completed many hours of testing for Onroak Automotive in the Ligier JSP2 on the 5.861km circuit, and previously joined Krohn Racing for the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring, where he collected the pole and the team finished in sixth place.

"It will be great to have Olivier back with us at Paul Ricard this weekend - he was a big asset to us earlier this season when we first started racing the Ligier to help us learn the nuances of the new car,” Krohn commented, “When the Nissan programme stepped back and he became available, we decided to ask if he wanted to come back and race at Paul Ricard with us. He's very knowledgeable of the circuit and, of course, with the Ligier, so we hope he can advance us further along again this week."

Krohn Racing has three top five finishes in ELMS this season, including fourth at the 4 Hours of Silverstone and fifth at both the 4 Hours of Imola and 4 Hours of Red Bull Ring. The team also competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where they finished in a hard-fought 12th-place with Joao Barbosa alongside Krohn and Jonsson.

"I have to say it was unexpected - but a very good surprise - when I got the email from [the team] saying they would like me to do the Paul Ricard race,” Pla admitted, “Since the beginning, I really enjoyed working with this team. The pole in the Sebring 12 Hours and leading the first hours was a very good memory and I will give everything to continue to build on that.

"Obviously, I know the track very well as I did a lot of testing and racing over there and I just can't wait to go back in the Ligier around this place! The biggest unknown for me are the Michelin tyres, but it shouldn't be a problem with the experience of the team.

"I think the car should been good. Paul Ricard is always a compromise between straight-line speed and downforce in the fast corner, and I think it will suit our car very well. The track is also demanding on the tyres but, looking at my past experience with the Ligier, the car is very easy on the tyres."

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