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Garry Findlay has been confirmed as part of a three-driver line-up scheduled to give the exciting new Ligier LMP3 sports prototype its competitive debut when Graff Racing fields the car at the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) 4 Hours of Estoril later this month.

The Briton, who has been campaigning a Ligier JS53 Evo for Graff in the VdeV Series will step up to make his own LMP3 debut with the French team as Ligier publically presents its JS P3 for the first time after extensive testing. Findlay helped Graff give the new car a final run at Paul Ricard in late September and, after impressing team bosses, has been confirmed alongside French drivers Eric Trouillet and Thomas Accary in the #9 Nissan–powered machine for the Estoril event on 17 October.

“I’m excited to be giving the Ligier LMP3 its race debut,” the 26-year old confirmed, “One of the reasons for switching teams in VdeV this season was to improve my options for progressing up the sportscar ladder, and this is the perfect first step.

“Onroak Automotive has done a great job developing the JS P3 and Graff always hoped to be in a position to enter the car for Estoril. Last week’s test at Paul Ricard, where the car was running lap times close to the LMP3 pole position time – on old tyres and heavy fuel loads – prompted the decision to go ahead, and I’m delighted to have been included amongst the driver line-up.

“There is obviously still a lot of development work to be done on the car, but the baseline set-up seems to work well. We’ll be the only JS P3 on the grid at Estoril so it will be interesting to see how we compare, but Graff tested the Ligier for the first time at Magny-Cours at the beginning of September and its subsequent performance at Ricard is a good sign for the future.”

Findlay’s own future also looks positive, with a permanent move into LMP3 next season now firmly on the agenda.

“My aim was always to put myself on the road to Le Mans, and LMP3 is the first step on that road,” he explained, “Graff told me at the test that I had nothing to prove to them, so I am more confident in my programme heading into 2016 and beyond. Estoril will be the biggest race of my career so far and I’m looking forward to it!”

Before Findlay can make his LMP3 debut, however, he will rejoin Graff Racing for round seven of the 2015 VdeV Series at Magny-Cours this weekend (9-11 October).

Garry to debut Ligier LMP3 after successful test