Swiss squad Race Performance has confirmed it will continue to compete in the European Le Mans Series this season. The team has also applied for a Le Mans entry.
After a second place finish for team owner Michel Frey and Swiss youngster Patric Niederhauser at Silverstone last season, the team is looking to fight for race victories this year. In order to achieve that goal the team has signed experienced French driver Franck Mailleux for the 2014 campaign.
“Unfortunately we were not always able to put the pieces together in the races after Silverstone. This consistency is the top priority for 2014,” said Michel Frey.
“Today we are very happy to announce, that we have signed the contract with Franck Mailleux. He will join our team for the full season and hopefully the 24h of Le Mans. Franck’s attitude, his team spirit and the speed he was showing always impressed us and I am happy we could make the deal together.”
Mailleux brings a wealth of experience to Race Performance, having raced at Le Mans five times and winning the 2011 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup LMP2 category with Signatech Nissan.
“I am delighted to be confirmed with Race Performance for this season and thankful to Urs Meier and Michel Frey for the faith they put into me,” Mailleux said.
“Added to my personal experience with 5 seasons in endurance racing including 5 Le Mans starts and a championship-winning season in ILMC in 2011, I think that we have all in hands to be very competitive for the ELMS and to deserve an invitation to fight at Le Mans 24 hours.”
The third driver has not yet been announced, but Race Performance has already indicated it will be a well-known driver.