Tharani set for LMP3 test after JK Tyre National title

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Tharani set for LMP3 test after JK Tyre National title
Rachit Thukral
By: Rachit Thukral
Dec 20, 2018, 5:56 AM

Newly-crowned JK Tyre National Racing Champion Karthik Tharani is set to test an LMP3 (Le Mans Prototype 3) car for the first time ahead of an anticipated move to the European Le Mans Series in 2019.

Tharani, who has also won titles in Volkswagen Polo R Cup and MRF F1600 series, will drive a EuroInternational-run Ligier JS P3 at a yet-to-be disclosed venue in Europe towards the start of next year.

This will be followed by a full health evaluation at Formula Medicine’s expansive facility in Capezzano Pianore, Italy.

The test could preclude to a potential drive in the LMP3 class of European Le Mans series, which offers select class winners a free entry to the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours race.

The cost of competing in the championship is estimated in the region of 175,000 euros or Rs 1.4 crore at current exchange rates.

Tharani will receive 25,000 euros as a reward for winning this year's JK Tyre National title and is close to securing the remainder of the budget.

Should the drive materialise, Tharani will became only the third Indian driver to race in ELMS after Karun Chandhok and Parth Ghorpade, who both made occasional appearances in the LMP2 class.

#12 Eurointernational Ligier JS P3 - Nissan: Andrea Dromedari, Maxwell Hanratty, Mattia Drudi

#12 Eurointernational Ligier JS P3 - Nissan: Andrea Dromedari, Maxwell Hanratty, Mattia Drudi

Photo by: Alessio Morgese

 
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Series European Le Mans , Indian Open Wheel
Drivers Karthik Tharani
Author Rachit Thukral