AVF team in 2018 ELMS LMP2 move after Formula V8 3.5's demise
|By Valentin Khorounzhiy||Thursday, December 7th 2017, 12:06 GMT|
AVF will make its first foray into sportscar racing with a European Le Mans Series campaign in 2018, following the demise of World Series Formula V8 3.5.
Former Formula 1 test driver and 2009 Superleague Formula champion Adrian Valles' team had been a mainstay of FV8 since 2013 and ran Tom Dillmann to the drivers' title last year.
But after FV8 announced it was calling off its 2018 season due to a lack of entries, the team - which competed in partnership with the Russian SMP Racing programme this year - has decided to join endurance racing.
AVF will field a Dallara P217 LMP2 car in the six-round ELMS next year.
"For this brand-new adventure, we decided to choose Dallara," said Valles.
"In addition to [Dallara] being an incredibly professional motorsport manufacturer, we have enjoyed being partners with them for a long time.
"They are the right people to help us in terms of developing our endurance operation.
"On my side, back when I was a racing driver I had the chance to race in the Le Mans 24 Hours, which was a great experience with Epsilon Euskadi (pictured above), the first Spanish LMP1 car. It still is one of my best memories.
"I'm happy I can return this kind of competition now as a team principal.
"Hopefully we can be another Spanish squad able to write history and dream of Le Mans."
AVF will maintain a presence in single-seaters as it is continuing with its Formula Renault Eurocup programme.