Dublin, Ireland-based Murphy Prototypes has announced a new driver line-up for the second round of the 2016 European Le Mans Series, The 4 Hours of Imola.
Seán Doyle remains as part of the driving team for Imola and is joined by Garry Findlay and Patrick McClughan.
McClughan, from Newtownabbey in Northern Ireland, began his motorsport career in the Ginetta Junior Championship. He contested the 2015 Radical Sprint Championship and was on the top step of the podium for 12 of the season’s 21 races. He also won a fully funded drive at Daytona in January as a result of winning the Sunoco Challenge Award last year.
Findlay, from Norfolk, made his European Le Mans Series debut at Estoril in 2015 and secured a podium finish in the LMP3 class. Findlay also has experience in Formula Fords and VdeV sportscars.
“Our team has always been committed to showcasing young talent and giving drivers the opportunity to develop their natural ability,” said Greg Murphy, Team Principal at Murphy Prototypes. “Garry has already demonstrated what he can do in Formula Fords and then underlined it in VdeV. Patrick is an incredibly exciting prospect. He has shown his speed in the Radical Championship and has even beaten former Murphy Prototypes drivers such as Alex Kapadia and James Littlejohn. Seán did a great job for us at Silverstone on his first time out in an LMP2 car and it’s good to have him driving for us again.”
Murphy Prototypes has a talent for developing young drivers. Brendon Hartley, now racing for Porsche in the 919 Hybrid, started his prototype career with the team as did Pipo Derani, who won the Rolex 24 At Daytona and The 12 Hours of Sebring earlier this year.
The lights go out for the start of the 4 Hours of Imola, the second round of the 2016 European Le Mans Series, at 14:00 on May 15.