Despite not getting a chance to return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year in an Audi, Filipe Albuquerque is poised to still take part in the French endurance classic, as well as the entire FIA World Endurance Championship, but in the LMP2 class.
Sportscar365 has learned that the Portuguese driver is finalizing a deal with Ricardo Gonzalez to complete the lineup in the Mexican’s new, yet-to-be-named team.
Albuquerque would join Bruno Senna and Silver-rated Gonzalez behind the wheel of the team’s Ligier JS P2 Nissan, which would be operated by Morand Racing and receive technical support from OAK Racing.
The 30-year-old Audi factory driver is coming off two seasons of European Le Mans Series competition with Jota Sport, and also an impressive outing last year at Le Mans, where he set the race’s second fastest lap.
With Audi scaling back to only two R18 e-tron quattros for Le Mans, Albuquerque along with 2015 co-drivers Rene Rast and Marco Bononomi had been left without rides for the race.
Such availability would allow Albuquerque to take part in the entire WEC season for the Mexican-backed squad.
Albuquerque’s former team, Jota Sport, meanwhile, confirmed on Monday that Giedo van der Garde would be its second full-season driver alongside Simon Dolan in the Gibson 015S Nissan this year.