"Jagonya Ayam expressed interest in getting a taste of a P2 program, and we already had the car, crew and full season entry," said Tequila Patron ESM Team Owner Scott Sharp.
Giedo Van der Garde, Sean Gelael, and Antonio Giovinazzi will take over the driving duties for the No.30 Jagonya Ayam ESM Ligier. Former F1 driver Van der Garde joined sports car racing in 2016 in the European Le Mans Series, and the World Endurance Championship, including a run in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Gelael and Giovinazzi were teammates during the 2013 and 2014 seasons in Formula 3, where Giovinazzi took his first F3 win.
Gelael joined competition in the GP2 series in 2015, and in 2016 he advanced to the European Le Mans LMP2 class. Together with Giovinazzi in the Asian Le Mans Series, the duo have celebrated two race wins this season. ESM will continue to provide the crew and engineering support for the rest of the season for the No. 30 Jagonya Ayam ESM Ligier, in addition to the No.31 Tequila Patron ESM Ligier.
"We are really proud to be part of this program with a professional team such as Tequila Patron ESM," said JAGONYA AYAM Sporting Manager Francesco Principe. "The cars look competitive and we are confident our line-up will do their best during each session."
The No. 31 Tequila Patron ESM Ligier will continue to run the entire season with Ryan Dalziel, Pipo Derani, and Chris Cumming seeking that elusive first win with three events remaining in the 2016 calendar. The No.31 has performed well all season and is currently third in the LMP2 Drivers' Championship.