A lot of Ligiers on track at Monza!

After the Ligier's LM P2 and LM P3 double in the opening round of the ELMS at Silverstone, the French cars didn't enjoy the same success at the second rendezvous of the season. The Monza 4 Hours turned out to be a pretty eventful race with Full Course Yellows, collisions and several penalties in the different categories. The No. 32 Ligier JS P217 entered by United Autosports started on row 2 and saw the flag in sixth place in front of the no. 23 Ligier JS P217 run by Panis Barthez Compétition in the hands of only two drivers this weekend, Fabien Barthez and Timothé Buret.

IDEC Sport Racing finished ninth after suffering engine problems, while Tockwith Motorsports could do no better than 30th after gremlins in the battery obliged the car to pit on several occasions.

The no. 25 Algarve Pro Racing Ligier ran out of fuel on the last lap when in fifth place!

In LM P3, the race was also pretty hectic and was marked by several collisions. The no. 3 United Autosports Ligier JS P3 clinched pole in the category but finished just shy of the podium after leading the race for 30 laps and setting the fastest time. Behind the winning M.Racing YMR Norma M30, the no. 18 Ligier LM P3 entered by the same outfit and the no. 17 JS P3 run by the Ultimate team sealed second and third places.

Next round: Red Bull Ring, 21-23 July

After official testing at Monza on 28-29 March, the entrants in the Michelin Le Mans Cup were back on the same circuit for the first round of the season. This year the European Series is open to LM P3 cars and there were no fewer than 14 Ligier JS P3s on the grid and two on the podium!

After two hours racing the no 79 Ligier JS P3 run by Nielsen Racing won the race by 52 seconds from the DKR Engineering Norma M30 followed by the no. 55 Ligier JS P3 entered by Spirit of Race, which rounded the first top 3 of the 2017 season in this championship.

Next round: Road to Le Mans, 14-17 June