Sébastien Loeb Racing will return to the European Le Mans Series this weekend with a revised lineup for its Oreca 03R Nissan.
The French squad missed the previous ELMS round at the Red Bull Ring in July, but will be back in the Four Hours of Le Castellet with regular driver Vincent Capillaire joined by single-seater drivers Arthur Pic and Andrea Roda.
Sébastien Loeb Racing’s Sporting Director Franck Tiné is confident ahead of the team’s home race.
“For many different reasons, it was the perfect moment for Arthur and Andrea to make their debut in Endurance. We are really happy to witness those two young and talented drivers taking their first steps in prototypes,” he said.
“Together with Vincent, who will know how to share and pass his experience of both the team and the car onto them, they will form a great line-up. We have high hopes for this home race.
“We fully trust Arthur and Andrea, they will quickly learn and adapt themselves to the LM P2 and will soon become successful drivers in that class too.”
Both Roda and Pic are familiar with the Paul Ricard circuit and the two drivers look forward to their sports car debut at Le Castellet.
“I wanted to discover the LM P2, a category which has always seemed interesting to me,” said Roda, the son of FIA WEC driver Gianluca Roda.
“I have had the opportunity to see my father race before at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and that has always been an incredible experience. There are many legendary races in endurance and this is an important opportunity for me. I wish to learn all these new things, as quickly as possible.
“I want to do a good job, and avoid making any mistakes. We’ll see how competitive we are during the qualifying, I think we could achieve a good result, I have great hopes.”
“I’ve always been interested in endurance that’s why racing for the Sébastien Loeb Racing was an opportunity I couldn’t miss,” Pic added.
“I am already familiar with the Paul Ricard circuit, I quite like that track. There’s no better place for me to discover prototype racing, so I am looking forward to being at the start of that race.”