Onroak Automotive's new Ligier LMP3 lapping in LMP2 range

The new Ligier LMP3 contender lapped only three seconds slower than its sister LMP2 car during testing at the Motorland Aragon this week

Onroak Automotive's new Ligier LMP3 lapping in LMP2 range

Olivier Pla posted a best lap of 1m32.28s aboard the first Ligier-Nissan JSP3 over the course of a two-day test on Monday and Tuesday.

That compared with a 1m29.1s notched up by Gustavo Yacaman in the #28 OAK Racing Ligier-Nissan JSP2 around the 3.06-mile Spanish circuit on the same day.

The JSP3, designed and built by French constructor Onroak Automotive, completed more than 700km over the two days.

The Motorland outing followed a shakedown ahead of the car's launch at Le Mans last month and a first development test at Magny-Cours the following week.

Pla, who was a regular with Onroak sister team OAK Racing prior to joining the Nissan LMP1 programme, described the test as "very positive in the development programme of the Ligier JSP3" .

"We covered a large number of kilometres, and we didn't run into any problems," he said.

"We did a lot of work on optimising the balance to be in a position to supply future clients with the maximum amount of data to help them get the best out of the car."

The gap between the two Ligiers at Motorland compared with the 11 and nine-second margins between the fastest Ginetta-Nissan LMP3 - the only P3 car to race so far - and the pole-winning Gibson LMP2s in qualifying for the opening two rounds of the European Le Mans Series at Silverstone and Imola.

Onroak pointed out that the Ligier LMP2 car had previously lapped Motorland significantly quicker than it managed this week, recording a 1m24s lap in cooler conditions in pre-season testing.

The first JSP3 customer cars are scheduled to start racing in the autumn.

The Eurointernational team is planning to race two cars in the opening round of the Asian Le Mans Series at Fuji on October 10, and French squads Graff Racing and Extreme Limite are expected out in the ELMS finale at Estoril the following week.

Onroak owner Jacques Nicolet also tried the JSP3 over the course of the test at Motorland.

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