Prototype rising star Malthe Jakobsen will make his North American race debut in this weekend’s Motul Petit Le Mans at the wheel of the No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports Ligier JS P320 Nissan.
The 18-year-old Dane, who competed in both the Asian and European Le Mans Series this year, join Rasmus Lindh and Dan Goldburg at the wheel of the LMP3 entry in place of Matteo Llarena, who was initially tabbed to complete the Michelin Endurance Cup races for the Florida-based team.
Jakobsen drove for RLR Msport in both regional series, highlighted by a class pole in Abu Dhabi and podium finish in the ELMS season-opener at Barcelona.
The Brent O’Neill-led operation will again be fielding its second LMP3 entry in IMSA Prototype Challenge competition for Lindh and Goldburg, having come off an overall victory in the last round at Virginia International Raceway.
“This is always one of the best weekends of the year,” O’Neill said. “We love ending the season with the whole team under one tent, especially at such an awesome track like Road Atlanta.
“It’s made even better by the fact that we are joined by guests from Motel 6 and Centinel Spine this weekend, our biggest supporters.
“We have a ton of track time with the JSP320 and the drivers here which always adds a layer of confidence heading into the weekend.
“We’ve added a new driver to our trio for the No. 38 with Malthe Jakobsen, I’ve spent weeks vetting drivers for it and I know he’ll be a great fit. He’s been on fire in Europe and without a doubt, will elevate the trio to dream-team level.”
Performance Tech enters Saturday’s season-ending Motul Petit Le Mans sitting fourth in the LMP3 standings with Lindh, the only driver to have contested all rounds with the team.