IDEC Sport has revealed a two-car LMP2 entry for the European Le Mans Collection involving ex-Porsche manufacturing unit driver Patrick Pilet and members of the Period Motorsport squad.
The 2019 ELMS championship-winning crew will area a pair of Oreca 07 Gibsons within the upcoming six-round season which is because of get underway in mid-April.
IDEC Sport’s driver lineup is headlined by the signing of skilled GT racer Pilet, who is ready for his first full marketing campaign within the LMP2 components.
The 39-year-old Frenchman made an sudden LMP2 debut in final yr’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, after being drafted into IDEC Sport’s lineup following an accident that dominated Dwight Merriman out of the race.
Pilet will contest the six-round ELMS schedule within the IDEC crew’s No. 28 Oreca, which he’ll share with 2019 sequence champions Paul-Loup Chatin and Paul Lafargue.
Final yr former Porsche GTE common Pilet completed second within the Fanatec GT World Problem Europe powered by AWS Endurance Cup standings driving for GPX Racing, in what was his remaining yr as an official works driver for the German producer.
IDEC Sport’s sister No. 27 IDEC Sport machine might be pushed by Merriman, Kyle Tilley and Ryan Dalziel.
Tilley and Merriman each drive for Period Motorsport within the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the Asian Le Mans Collection, with Tilley doubling up as crew proprietor.
Merriman, Tilley, Dalziel and Chatin lately gained the LMP2 class on the Rolex 24 at Daytona wheeling an Period Motorsport Oreca.
Final yr IDEC Sport trimmed again to a single Oreca 07 entry within the ELMS, having additionally operated a Ligier LMP2 up to now, nevertheless it has reverted to a two-car setup for 2021.
Moreover, former Peugeot LMP1 driver Nicolas Minassian has been promoted from the function of sporting director to crew principal.
“From his expertise with a producer, he’ll be capable of convey us just a little extra method and that ought to assist us when it comes to efficiency,” stated Minassian in reference to Pilet’s signing.
“Paul-Loup continues to be with us and he doesn’t have a lot to show when it comes to his efficiency, other than doing it once more race after race. And Paul is the IDEC Sport crew. He has confirmed his full potential in Silver.
“We have now a really environment friendly trio which ought to permit us to succeed in the extent hoped for this yr.
“Final yr was a bit difficult, after a title in 2019. So now we have to lift the bar and get our place on the rostrum and play for victories after we can.
“Nicolas Brisseau turns into our chief engineer on [car] No. 28. It was good timing as Dave [Benbow] has retired and we want him all the perfect off-track.
“Julien Briot might be technical [director], he’s a key particular person within the crew. We maintain Damien Feller, who turns into a knowledge efficiency engineer. He realized rapidly and may be very motivated by his new problem.”
Minassian described the No. 27 driver lineup as a mark of “continuity” from final yr’s Le Mans version that noticed Tilley and Merriman be part of the crew.
“We appreciated having them with us they usually confirmed that that they had the identical values and the identical ambitions,” he stated.
“It facilitates the partnership now we have this yr. The three drivers know one another and are available out of an excellent victory on the 24 Hours of Daytona.”
IDEC Sport plans to file two entry functions for this yr’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The crew can also be set to be engaged within the Michelin Le Mans Cup with a Ligier JS P320 Nissan for Dmitri Enjalbert and IDEC Sport proprietor Patrice Lafargue.