Bihel Joins YMR Le Mans Cup Program

Photo: GT Tour/Natan Bihel

Photo: GT Tour/Natan Bihel

Seventeen-year-old Frenchman Natan Bihel has been confirmed as the first driver for Yvan Muller Racing’s recently announced LMP3 program in the Michelin Le Mans Cup.

Bihel, who made his debut with the team in the French Super Touring Championship, will pilot its Ligier JS P3 Nissan in the new-look series, which runs on European Le Mans Series weekends.

“Despite a big [jump] from SuperTouring to LMP3, I’m confident for this coming season,” he said. “The objective will be the championship and winning the most races and showing my performance on all of the circuits.

“With only one year of car racing behind me, I’m aware we’re going to have to work hard and I trust the entire Yvan Muller Racing team will help me perform well.”

Muller added: “We believe Natan has the capabilities to climb into such an [environment]. It was a decision that was made after conclusive tests in the LMP3 [car] last year.”

The team will also field a brand-new Norma M30 Nissan in the ELMS this season.

3 Comments

  1. Matt

    February 18, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    French Super Touring Championship?
    What motor racing category is that. That competition got defunct in the mid 2000’s didn’t it?

    • KW

      February 19, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      The original “Super Touring Championship” in France has passed away since 2005. The last champion was Soheil Ayari, with a Peugeot.
      This “Supertourisme” is a silhouette formula – a unified chassis (Mitjet) with different bodyworks which look like touring cars. Looks a bit like slot-car racing because the cars are much smaller than the original touring cars, but is probably fun to drive (800 kg, 300 HP).
      See http://www.supertourismes.com

      • Matt

        February 20, 2017 at 4:38 am

        Thanks!

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