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Duqueine Engineering Announces New LMP2 Lineup

Duqueine signs former Graff, Panis-Barthez drivers to a new-look lineup for the new season…

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Duqueine Engineering has announced a new driver lineup for its third season in the European Le Mans Series LMP2 ranks.

The French outfit has signed former Graff drivers Tristan Gommendy and Jonathan Hirschi and ex-Panis Barthez Competition member Konstantin Tereschenko for its program with a Michelin-shod Oreca 07 Gibson.

The crew is set to compete in the six-round ELMS while Duqueine also plans to enter the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the second time in June.

The three new drivers will replace Nico Jamin and Pierre Ragues – who had been mainstays in the Duqueine lineup since 2018 – and British racer Richard Bradley.

Triple Le Mans LMP2 runner-up Gommendy is now set to drive full-time for a fifth different team in ELMS.

His former Graff co-driver Hirschi has also represented several other teams in the past while Tereschenko contested the previous two seasons with AVF and Panis Barthez.

Russian former GP3 Series competitor Tereschenko fulfills the requirement for an FIA Silver-rated driver in the lineup.

“I’m happy to finally announce our program and our ambitions for 2020,” said team owner Gilles Duqueine.

“This season is going to be very interesting again and offers us a new challenge. After a year of discovery at Le Mans, we will do everything we can to compete and place ourselves among the best teams in endurance.”

The 2020 season will mark Duqueine’s first without team co-founder Yann Belhomme, whose departure from the company was announced last week.

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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