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Richard Mille Racing Team Set for Two-Year Commitment

New all-female LMP2 team confirms ELMS, 24H Le Mans plans for 2020 and 2021…

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The new Richard Mille Racing LMP2 team that will debut in this year’s European Le Mans Series has plans to enter the next two seasons of the championship.

The first-ever all-female entry into the series’ prototype ranks was confirmed on Tuesday, shortly after the team appeared on the 40-car full-season entry list for 2020.

Richard Mille Racing Team is the eponymous outfit of Swiss watchmaker Richard Mille, who is also president of the FIA Endurance Commission.

The entry will also receive support from the FIA Women in Motorsport initiative which is run by former rally driver Michele Mouton.

The scheme to give more opportunities to female motorsport talent was launched in 2009 and took an all-female GTE-Am crew to the 24 Hours of Le Mans last year.

The team plans to compete in both the 2020 and 2021 ELMS seasons and also holds the objective of appearing at Le Mans in each of those years.

An entry request has been submitted for this year’s edition of the French enduro.

As first reported last December, its Oreca 07 Gibson will be driven by Katherine Legge, Sophia Floersch and Super Formula driver Tatiana Calderon.

Should the Le Mans entry application be granted, it will mark the first appearances for all three drivers in the 24 Hours.

Technical support will come from double ELMS LMP2 champion and defending FIA World Endurance champion Signatech.

Two all-female driver lineups are likely for the 2020 ELMS season with another set to appear in the GTE class courtesy of Iron Lynx and one of its Ferrari 488 GTE Evos.

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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