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Signatech, Richard Mille Linked to All-Female LMP2 Entry

Reigning WEC LMP2 champion team set for ELMS return with new Richard Mille Racing entry…

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The team behind the triple 24 Hours of Le Mans-winning Signatech Alpine squad is set to enter this year’s European Le Mans Series with an all-female driver lineup.

Endurance-info reports that the Philippe Sinault-led Signatech Team will provide technical support to an entry backed by Swiss watchmaker Richard Mille who is also president of the FIA Endurance Commission. 

It will be known as Richard Mille Racing and will aim to compete in both the ELMS and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2020.

Initial details of the entry were uncovered last month after Tatiana Calderon, Katherine Legge and Sophia Floersch were spotted testing an Oreca 07 Gibson in Bahrain.

It’s understood that the same type of car will be used by Richard Mille Racing with Michelin set to act as the tire provider.

Should the entry materialize, it will mark Signature’s first full-season ELMS LMP2 venture in six years.

The team, which is based near the Magny-Cours circuit in eastern France, last contested the series in 2014 when it clinched its second consecutive title as Signatech Alpine.

It then brought Renault sports car brand Alpine into the FIA World Endurance Championship at the start of 2015 and has been an ever-present in the global series since, winning the 2016 and 2018-19 LMP2 titles. 

The Richard Mille program’s links to the FIA Women in Motorsport initiative, which took an all-female Kessel Racing GTE-Am crew to Le Mans last year, are unclear at present.

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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