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IDEC Sport to Continue ORECA, Ligier Split Program

IDEC Sport announces two-pronged LMP2 return and GT3 plans for 2019…

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IDEC Sport will continue to run Oreca and Ligier LMP2 machinery in the European Le Mans Series this year.

The French squad will enter an unchanged driver lineup of Memo Rojas, Paul Lafargue and Paul-Loup Chatin in the Oreca 07 Gibson that finished third in last year’s standings.

Its Ligier JS P217 Gibson will be piloted by the returning Erik Maris and team owner Patrice Lafargue, who will share driving duties with Stephane Adler.

Both cars are slated to complete the full six-round ELMS season, while the team has also filed for a double entry to the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

IDEC Sport took two podiums with its Oreca in the ELMS last year, while Chatin also took the LMP2 pole at Le Mans before the car retired with gearbox problems.

IDEC has also confirmed that it will return to the Creventic-run 24H GT Series, which stops at Mugello, Spa, Brno, Portimao and Barcelona in 2019.

The team will again field the same Mercedes-AMG GT3 that it first ran in 2016, with the driver lineup yet to be announced.

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

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