Inter Europol Competition has added 2017 European Le Mans Series champion Leo Roussel to its LMP2 driver lineup for the ELMS season and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The 23-year-old Frenchman is set to make his first race appearance since last year’s Le Mans, driving the Polish squad’s Ligier JS P217 Gibson starting at the Paul Ricard season-opener next month.
Roussel was part of the CEFC TRSM Racing LMP1 team in 2018, but the program only contested one race with the Ginetta G60-LT-P1 chassis.
Prior to that, he drove for G-Drive Racing in the ELMS, clinching the title two seasons ago with Memo Rojas, and also competed for Pegasus Racing.
Inter Europol is stepping up to the LMP2 class this year after three seasons in LMP3, and is using its Le Mans auto invite for winning the 2018-19 Asian Le Mans Series LMP3 title to enter the French enduro for the first time.
“I’m very happy to join the team and come back in ELMS after eight months without driving,” said Roussel, who will share driving duties with Jakub Smiechowski and a third driver whose identity will be revealed soon.
“I had a warm welcome at Barcelona [testing] from all of the team and I would like to say thanks to Kuba, the whole team for the opportunity they give me and my sponsors.
“I’m very hungry to start this new adventure.”