Murphy Prototypes LMP2 team eyes full-time 2017 WEC programme

The Murphy Prototypes team that gave Porsche LMP1 star Brendon Hartley his first break in sportscars is evaluating a full-time move into the World Endurance Championship

Murphy Prototypes LMP2 team eyes full-time 2017 WEC programme

The Silverstone-based LMP2 squad is known to be working with funded drivers to make the jump to the WEC next season after five years competing in the European Le Mans Series.

It is understood to be closing on a deal to field a solo P2 in the full nine-round WEC, which would incorporate its sixth campaign at the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Team owner Greg Murphy would not confirm the plans.

"We always review our options at the end of every season and that process is going on now," he told Autosport.

"A move to the WEC holds an attraction, but ultimately we will be led by demand: if drivers want to do the WEC, that's probably where we'll end up."

A twin attack on the WEC and the ELMS in P2 next season was a possibility, Murphy added.

The team will definitely have a presence in the ELMS in the LMP3 class with the newly-homologated Ave-Riley AR-2, for which Murphy is the European agent.

Murphy, which has previously run an ORECA-Nissan 03, has yet to order a new chassis for 2017 when new rules in P2 come into force.

The Anglo-Irish entrant joined the P2 ranks in 2012 (pictured above), initially in conjunction with the RLR Sport team, before setting up its own operation for its second season.

The team gave Hartley his first chance in sportscars in 2012, before scoring an ELMS victory with the future WEC title winner and Swiss driver Jonathan Hirschi at Paul Ricard at the end of the following year.

shares
comments
Porsche's Tandy more excited about full WEC tilt than Le Mans

Previous article

Porsche's Tandy more excited about full WEC tilt than Le Mans

Next article

Ex-F1 driver Bruno Senna joins Rebellion for its 2017 WEC LMP2 move

Ex-F1 driver Bruno Senna joins Rebellion for its 2017 WEC LMP2 move
Load comments
The understated Le Mans legend who has earned a testimonial Plus

The understated Le Mans legend who has earned a testimonial

OPINION: After 24 Le Mans 24 Hours participations, 50-year-old Emmanuel Collard will be absent from the grid this year, stuck at the mercy of his gold driver grading. But, while he's not motivated by breaking start records, the French veteran is determined to return to the field next year

WEC
Jul 24, 2021
How glitches left Toyota 'worried' about losing unbeaten WEC streak Plus

How glitches left Toyota 'worried' about losing unbeaten WEC streak

The World Endurance Championship's long-awaited return to Monza posed the sternest test yet for Toyota's new hypercar. Although the Japanese marque's GR010 HYBRID remains unbeaten, the victory for Mike Conway, Jose Maria Lopez and Kamui Kobayashi was far from plain sailing

WEC
Jul 19, 2021
How the next step in the IMSA and WEC convergence can reunite multiple fronts Plus

How the next step in the IMSA and WEC convergence can reunite multiple fronts

OPINION: Following the latest convergence connection permitting Le Mans Hypercars from the World Endurance Championship to compete against LMDh entries in the IMSA SportsCar Championship from 2023, it could open up enticing options not only to manufacturers but also for the calendar and race formats

WEC
Jul 13, 2021
How overlooked Mazda produced one of Le Mans' greatest shocks Plus

How overlooked Mazda produced one of Le Mans' greatest shocks

The screaming rotary-engined Mazda 787 is regarded as one of the most popular Le Mans 24 Hours-winning cars, but until its surprise success on this day 30 years ago it was never regarded as a likely victor. But that reckoned without a new technical partner, some canny political manoeuvring and a rival's bizarre self-inflicted weakness

WEC
Jun 23, 2021
How Alpine's stunted Portimao charge helped Toyota to keep clear Plus

How Alpine's stunted Portimao charge helped Toyota to keep clear

Despite going stride for stride for pace at Portimao, Alpine’s grandfathered LMP1 couldn’t convert pole position into a sustained victory fight against Toyota. And due to rules and car limitations that are set in stone, the French manufacturer will be searching for solutions in its own battle of endurance

WEC
Jun 14, 2021
Toyota hits the ton — charting 100 world championship sportscar starts Plus

Toyota hits the ton — charting 100 world championship sportscar starts

The Japanese manufacturer is celebrating its 100th world championship prototype start in this weekend's Portimao 8 Hours round of the World Endurance Championship. Here are the major milestones on the road to three figures since the earliest low-key days of its entry into the Group C arena nearly 40 years ago

WEC
Jun 12, 2021
The philosophical problems the WEC's new Hypercar class is already facing Plus

The philosophical problems the WEC's new Hypercar class is already facing

OPINION: Most of the column inches after the World Endurance Championship's opener were centred around the relative pace of the Hypercar class and the LMP2s, but there's another question that needs addressing in order for the new division to have a successful future

WEC
May 7, 2021
How stumbling Toyota drew first blood in the WEC's new era Plus

How stumbling Toyota drew first blood in the WEC's new era

Amid concerns that the new Hypercar class would be upstaged on debut by the spec LMP2 machines at Spa, Toyota delivered the pole and victory that the vast majority of observers expected. But neither car had a clean run, which gave the grandfathered Alpine LMP1 an unexpected shot at glory

WEC
May 4, 2021