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Ligier Appoints Tine to New Motorsport Director Role

Ligier Automotive streamlines customer support network with new motorsport director role…

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Ligier Automotive has created a new Motorsport Director position and appointed former Sebastien Loeb Racing sporting director Franck Tine to the role.

Tine, who started in his post earlier this month, will support teams running Ligier machinery in various categories including prototype racing.

The Frenchman steps into a new role that oversees the different levels of support that Ligier customer teams previously received from each of the company’s departments.

“We are delighted to welcome Franck to our team,” said Ligier Automotive COO Richard Tur.

“He is based at our Magny-Cours facility and will work closely with our various departments: sales, operations, customer support, after-sales service, communication and marketing.

“With this new position, we want to be as close as possible to our teams and drivers who would like to join the Ligier adventure.

“In recent years, we have set up a proper Ligier network with a wide range of race cars, from single-seaters with F3s and F4s to sports prototypes with a Ligier model at every level of the endurance pyramid.

“And since 2019, we have reinforced this network with the creation of single-make championships like the Ligier European Series.

“Franck’s role is to support our teams in their Ligier experience and to promote the network set up so that teams and drivers can develop and grow alongside us.”

Tine has previously worked as a driver manager and as a consultant for teams, which included a seven-year stint with former European Le Mans Series LMP2 outfit Sebastien Loeb Racing.

He joins Ligier at a time when the company is starting to introduce a series of special edition vehicles such as the 825-horsepower JS PX prototype, in addition to its main fleet of products including the JS P320 LMP3 car.

“Joining such a prestigious brand as Ligier Automotive is a real honor,” said Tine.

“Beyond its glorious history, it has a large presence today in international motorsport. The projects for the future are ambitious and diverse, and the potential is immense.

“On a personal note, I am very grateful for the confidence that Jacques and Pierre Nicolet, as well as Richard Tur, have placed in me by offering me the position of motorsport director.

“All the ingredients for an amazing adventure in this exciting challenge are present, and I look forward to teaming up with all the people who make Ligier such a success.”

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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