Larbre Competition is poised for a full-season return to the FIA World Endurance Championship, having committed to the entire 2018/19 ‘Super Season’ with its new LMP2 entry.
The French squad, which confirmed plans last month of entering a Ligier JS P217 Gibson in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, has since ramped up its program to include the entire season.
Fernando Rees, Erwin Creed and Romano Ricci have been confirmed as drivers.
It will mark the team’s return to full-time WEC competition since 2016 when it fielded a Corvette C7.R, a car which it had been pushing for a full-time GTE-Pro effort this season.
The commitment also ensures the first full-season Ligier entry in the new-look LMP2 class, after the category featured all-Oreca 07 Gibson machinery last year.
“This new entry in the FIA WEC is highly motivating for the entire team, who know the championship and its various iterations very well,” Leconte said.
“I had a lot of thoughts about entering this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours. It had to be a special project to celebrate Larbre Competition’s 25th anniversary at this great event.
“Alongside this, the development of our now-seven-year partnership with my friend Jacques Nicolet led us to have a proper think about our facilities at Val de Vienne.
“I’m delighted to be bringing in two new drivers, Erwin and Romano, who will enjoy driving the LMP2 car, after both having great success in the ELMS’ LMP3 class last year.
“We have had more than 10 drivers debut at Le Mans with us, who have gone on to have successful endurance careers, so I’m happy to be giving that opportunity here again.
“It’s also great to have Fernando back in the team for a new challenge. He did a good job last year and we are looking forward to working with him again.”
Larbre will also take on the Michelin Le Mans Cup with two Ligier JS P3 Nissans.