DAMS working on LMP2 entry plan in 2018

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DAMS working on LMP2 entry plan in 2018
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Nov 12, 2016, 10:51 AM

The French DAMS squad is gearing up for an LMP2 programme in 2018, the team's founder and owner Jean-Paul Driot has revealed.

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LMP2's at Nurburgring
Nicholas Latifi, DAMS
Nicolas Prost, Renault e.Dams
Alain Prost and Jean-Paul Driot, Renault e.Dams team owners
Nicolas Prost, Renault e.Dams and Sébastien Buemi, Renault e.Dams in the pitlane

The Le Mans-based team currently races in GP2, GP3 and Formula E with Renault, and is putting together a plan to purchase new LMP2 cars for competition in 2018.

“We are looking at it closely and we want to do it, but not for next season, for 2018,” Driot told Motorsport.com in Marrakesh this weekend.

“I am close to what happens in LMP because I gave guys like [ACO and FIA technical managers] Vincent Beaumesnil and Thierry Bouvet a start in racing and I know them well.

“We will make a decision after seeing what happens next season with the new LMP2 cars. We could go Dallara, we could go Ligier, we will see.

"But we are based in Le Mans, we have done Le Mans and we like this type of racing. We have been too long away from endurance.”

DAMS has experience in sportscar racing, having competed in GT and LMP categories since the mid-1990s.

The team ran a Panoz in the late 1990s before racing with first a Lola B98/10 and then a Cadillac prototype from 1999 to 2002.

The last time the team had a programme in endurance racing was with Nissan and Lamborghini GT projects in 2003 and 2004 respectively.

“I need DAMS to carry on with its life,” stated Driot. “We have a plan and early next year we will start detailed talks with partners and drivers.

"We looked at doing it for next year but time is too short now, we want to do it properly, we always go racing in the best possible way.”

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Series Le Mans
Teams DAMS
Author Sam Smith