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Negrao to Sub for Legge in Season Opener

Signatech Alpine WEC driver Andre Negrao to replace Katherine Legge in ELMS opener…

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Richard Mille Racing has drafted in Andre Negrao to replace the injured Katherine Legge for this weekend’s European Le Mans Series season-opener at Paul Ricard.

Legge broke a bone in her lower left leg and also sustained a broken wrist in a crash behind the wheel of the No. 50 Oreca 07 Gibson during pre-season testing yesterday.

The British driver was flown to hospital after the high-speed accident at Signes corner.

Legge has since posted an update on her Instagram page and will undergo surgery today.

Endurance-info reported this morning that Legge’s place in the Richard Mille entry will be taken up by 2018-19 FIA World Endurance LMP2 champion and double 24 Hours of Le Mans class winner Negrao, who currently drives for Signatech Alpine Elf in the WEC.

The Brazilian will share the wheel with Tatiana Calderon, while Sophia Floersch is absent from the lineup owing to her clashing commitments in the FIA Formula 3 Championship.

Signatech provides technical support to Richard Mille Racing, which runs the same Oreca chassis type that the Alpine WEC squad uses.

The Richard Mille team is now set to start its maiden ELMS season having sourced a replacement car for Sunday’s 4 Hours of Le Castellet following Legge’s accident.

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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