Pierre Ragues will compete in this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans with Larbre Competition, it was announced Wednesday.
The 30-year-old Frenchman, who remains under contract with Signatech Alpine, will join Ricky Taylor and Keiko Ihara at the wheel of the Morgan-Judd, in what will mark the team’s LMP2 debut in the famed twice-around-the-clock endurance classic.
“His expertise in Le Mans and endurance racing are vast and we will really benefit from his insight and driving skill in this new chapter of Le Mans for our team,” team owner Jack Leconte said.
“Pierre’s ability to settle into our team and to integrate himself so quickly to the working operations of our squad in the Prologue at Paul Ricard was a key factor in including him in our Le Mans 24 Hours line-up.”
Ragues turned his first laps in the car at Paul Ricard during the official European Le Mans Series test last month and is pleased with the opportunity.
“I had the opportunity to test the Morgan Judd LMP2 and Michelin tires at Paul Ricard earlier in the year but our preparations for the big event will intensify at the official test at the circuit at the start of next month,” Ragues said.
“I have a lot of experience at Le Mans, including podium success, so I am sure I will be able to contribute a lot to Larbre’s first Le Mans with a prototype.”
The team made its LMP2 debut in last month’s ELMS Four Hours of Silverstone with Ihara and Gustavo Yacmaan at the wheel.