Vanthoor seals Le Mans return with Michael Shank Racing

Laurens Vanthoor will return to the Le Mans 24 Hours this year, joining Michael Shank Racing for a shot at LMP2 class honours.

Vanthoor seals Le Mans return with Michael Shank Racing
#34 OAK Racing Ligier JS P2: Chris Cumming, Kevin Estre, Laurens Vanthoor
Laurens Vanthoor
#1 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS: Laurens Vanthoor, Robin Frijns
#60 Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Ligier JS P2 Honda: John Pew, Oswaldo Negri, A.J. Allmendinger

The Belgian will partner team regulars Oswaldo Negri and John Pew, both of whom will be making their debuts at La Sarthe, behind the wheel of a Honda-powered Ligier JS P2.

While best known for his GT3 exploits with Audi, Vanthoor is no stranger to Ligier machinery, having partnered Chris Cumming and Kevin Estre in an OAK Racing-run JS P2 last year. The trio failed to make the finish.

Michael Shank Racing is one of two IMSA teams to have been granted an automatic invite to the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours by the ACO, along with Ferrari GT squad Scuderia Corsa.

The Ohio-based team has chosen to lease a Ligier from Onroak Automotive for the French endurance classic, in order to not have to ship over its existing IMSA machine from the United States. 

 

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