Greaves Motorsport's ambitious 2012 plans include efforts for both the FIA World Endurance Championship and Le Mans Series with a Zytek Nissan in the LMP2 class. The team won the 24 Hours of Le Mans and LMS titles in P2 in 2011.
Its WEC lineup will include three drivers who spent most of 2011 as competitors in the American Le Mans Series. Ricardo Gonzalez, Elton Julian and Christian Zugel will race in the team's Zytek Nissan after running for CORE autosport (Gonzalez) and Genoa Racing (Julian, Zugel) throughout 2011.
Julian and Zugel have raced together with Genoa (2011) and Green Earth Team Gunnar (2010) in LMPC the last two seasons. Their 2011 co-driver Eric Lux tied Gonzalez and, ironically, Julian and Zugel's 2010 co-driver Gunnar Jeannette for the 2011 LMPC driver's championship.
While Julian has a prior start at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the flagship event of the WEC, Gonzalez and Zugel will be making their debut appearances at the event this year.
“I'm very excited about this opportunity,” Gonzalez said. “After winning the LMPC Championship in ALMS it made sense to step up to LMP2, and we couldn't have found a better way than to do it than with Greaves Motorsport in the FIA World Endurance Championship.”
“I am very much looking forward to our WEC adventure and to actually racing at Le Mans for the first time,” Zugel added. “To be able to continue my driving partnership with Elton is really fantastic and to race with, as opposed to against, Ricardo will also be a great pleasure.”
Julian, who will likely be the highest ranked driver of the three according to the FIA's classification system, said he fully maximized his time in LMPC.
“It's a real pleasure to continue racing with Christian Zugel for a third year,” he said. “Together we have achieved everything possible in the LMPC class (poles, wins, fast laps and a championship for my B driver). So, moving up to LMP2 is a natural progression.”
Greaves has already announced Alex Brundle and Tom Kimber-Smith to its full-season LMS program. However, Greaves will have Brundle and his father Martin in the team's entry at Le Mans, with Kimber-Smith seeking an alternative for that race.
Neither CORE nor Genoa has announced its ALMS lineups for LMPC, but both will return to the class for 2012 – CORE with two cars and Genoa likely with one.