24 Hours of Le Mans 2015 - Ligier, 40 years later...
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24 Hours of Le Mans 2015 - Ligier, 40 years later...

Forty years after the second place finish for the JS 2 of Guy Chasseuil and Jean-Louis Lafosse, Ligier will be out in force in the LM P2 class at the 83rd edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

In 1975, three Ligier JS 2s qualified in the top 10 on the starting grid at the 43rd edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, thanks to Guy Chasseuil-Jean Louis Lafosse (No. 5, third), François Migault-Henri Pescarolo (No. 6, fifth) and Jean Pierre Beltoise-Jean Pierre Jarier (No. 97, 10th). That year, the Ligier JS 2, sports car created in 1971, traded its Maserati engine for a Ford-Cosworth 3-liter V8 used in Formula 1. It paid off: though the 6 and the 97 were forced to abandon, the 5 finished second on the heels of the Mirage GR8 prototype of winners Jacky Ickx and Derek Bell, with the same engine!

In 2014, for the return of the French marque relaunched by Jacques Nicolet and his Onroak Automotive outfit, there were also three cars at the start. But this time, they were all three at the finish, in second (Thiriet by TDS Racing), fifth (OAK Racing) and seventh (OAK Racing Team Asia) in the LM P2 class. This impressive debut compelled several teams to choose the French prototype: with eight JS P2s currently figuring on the invitees list for this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans, representing five different outfits, Ligier is the most represented constructor in the class. Will one among them reach the highest step on the LM P2 podium 40 years after the Lafosse-Chasseuil podium? The answer under the checkered flag on Sunday, June 14th at 3:00 p.m.