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Matt MacMurrry, Andrea Pissitola and Andrea Roda. Algarve Pro Line-up for ELMS General MotorSports 

ELMS: Algarve Pro announce European Le Mans Series LMP2 driver line-up.

Algarve Pro announce European Le Mans Series LMP2 driver line-up

Ahead of the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) test later this month at Monza, Algarve Pro Racing today (16 March, 2017) announces that the Amer­ic­an Mat­thew McMurry and French­man Andrea Pizzit­ola will part­ner with Itali­an Andrea Roda in the team’s Ligi­er JS P217.

Matt MacMurrry, Andrea Pissitola and Andrea Roda. Algarve Pro Line-up for ELMS
Matt MacMurrry, Andrea Pis­sit­ola and Andrea Roda. Algarve Pro Line-up for ELMS

The trio of drivers are famil­i­ar with each oth­er and the team, as they drove togeth­er dur­ing vari­ous parts of the Asi­an Le Mans Series, which Team Prin­cip­al Stew­art Cox thinks is an asset going into an ELMS sea­son where there are numer­ous new teams and driver com­bin­a­tions among the LMP2 ranks.

It’s taken three years to put a team togeth­er that will enable us to go racing instead of just tak­ing part,” said Cox. “The whole team are motiv­ated to start the ELMS cham­pi­on­ship as we left Asia fight­ing for wins, and with the three drivers we now have, we have nev­er been in in a bet­ter pos­i­tion. The team has improved leaps and bounds over the last six months and so have the drivers.”

Roda (26) won the Asi­an Le Mans Series driver’s cham­pi­on­ship at Sep­ang Inter­na­tion­al Cir­cuit in Janu­ary – while Algarve Pro Racing secured the team cham­pi­on­ship – and was announced for the ELMS sea­son dur­ing the ACO’s Feb­ru­ary live stream that also revealed entries for WEC and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

I’m so happy to join Algarve Pro team after the cham­pi­on­ship vic­tory in Asi­an Le Mans Series,” said Roda. “I’m look­ing for­ward to driv­ing again with Matt and Andrea; we did a very good job togeth­er. The lineup is strong to com­pete in ELMS and I’m sure every­body will give 100% to make a great year.”

McMurry (19) com­peted in ELMS and 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2014 in LMP2, and has con­tin­ued in that cat­egory and the LMPC class over the last two sea­sons with mul­tiple podi­ums in the IMSA Weather­Tech Sports­car Cham­pi­on­ship and Asi­an­LMS. He is also in his second sea­son of GT racing via Porsche as the addi­tion­al driver for Park Place Motor­s­ports dur­ing the four major US endur­ance events.

I’m really look­ing for­ward to being back in Europe, while also con­tinu­ing my work in the US,” said McMurry. “It’s going to be a very busy year, but busy is good. ELMS will be more com­pet­it­ive than ever with 13 entries in LMP2, so the com­pet­i­tion will be strong and that’s for the best.”

Pizzit­ola (25) is a Nis­san fact­ory driver who showed incred­ible pace dur­ing the three ELMS rounds in which he ran with Algarve last sea­son, and who sat on the pole mul­tiple times dur­ing the recently com­pleted Asi­an­LMS sea­son. He is a pro­duct of the Renault lad­der sys­tem, includ­ing Euro­cup For­mu­la Renault 2.0, For­mu­la Renault 2.0 NEC, Renault Sport Trophy and Sport Endur­ance Trophy.

I am really happy to be part of the adven­ture again with Stew­art and Sam­antha (Cox) and I am so touched and glad that they give me this con­fid­ence and they trust me,” said Pizzit­ola. “I will give the max­im­um as always to get the best res­ult with the team. They did a great job last year, we improved a lot dur­ing the sea­son and the car was really good at the end. I am con­fid­ent for this year. I think we have a very good line up alto­geth­er and I can’t wait to be in the car for the first test.”

Algarve Pro Racing has an auto­mat­ic-invite to the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Cox said that the team is cur­rently in the pro­cess of eval­u­at­ing driver com­bin­a­tions, and hopes to con­firm its lineup for the clas­sic after the Monza test.

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