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Ragues Remains with Morand for Remainder of Season

Pierre Ragues to complete ELMS season with NewBlood by Morand…

Photo: Morand Racing

Photo: Morand Racing

Pierre Ragues will remain with NewBlood by Morand Racing for the remainder of the European Le Mans Series season, it was announced Monday.

The 30-year-old Frenchman, who teamed with Christian Klien and Gary Hirsch for a fifth place finish in last month’s Four Hours of Red Bull Ring, is set to also take part in the upcoming ELMS rounds at Paul Ricard and Estoril in the Swiss sqaud’s Morgan-Judd LMP2 car.

“In 2013 NewBlood by Morand Racing was one of my major competitors and I saw them becoming a regular contender for victory,” Ragues said.

“We have a good driving line-up with Christian and Gary, and the crew knows the car very well. We had a good pace at the Red Bull Ring and the aim is to score the best possible result at the Paul Ricard and Estoril as well.”

Team owner Benoit Morand added: “Pierre drove for great LMP2 teams, he brings an enormous amount of experience and his point of view is very interesting.

“He adapted in a very professional way with great respect for all team members and he also gets along very well with Christian and Gary. He is calm, he is dedicated and these qualities will be very important for the end of the season.”

The Four Hours of Paul Ricard is scheduled for Sept. 13-14, while Estoril completes the five-round championship on Oct. 18-19.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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