Buggyra ZM Racing and Motors Formula Team have joined forces with the target of entering the 2024 Le Mans 24 Hours with a lineup and team mostly of African descent.
The two teams have launched an “Equality and Diversity Program” to support young drivers, engineers and other professionals from non-traditional backgrounds into motorsports, with its first step taking on “selected GT series” with Mercedes-AMG machinery including the the 24H Series presented by Hankook with Playstation GT Academy winner Jann Mardenborough.
Former Nissan factory driver Mardenborough will be joined by Dubai-born twins Aliyyah and Yasmeen Koloc for the GT3 program this year.
The Koloc sisters are kicking off their 2022 campaign with the opening GT4 France round at Nogaro this weekend.
In addition to Le Mans, the new initiative plans to take on the Dakar Rally in 2023.
“Buggyra ZM is opening a new chapter in the motorsport world with this close cooperation with MFT,” said team CEO Martin Koloc. “#EQUALITY #RESPECT #DIVERSITY are qualities that are still not a given in today’s motorsport world.
“By supporting talented young drivers who will join our Academy program in Europe and the Middle East we want to instigate change.”
MFT was founded in 2014 by Ludovic Peze, a French-Mauritian entrepreneur born and raised in Monaco. The team has bases in both Monaco and Mauritius.
“I am delighted to partner with Martin Koloc and Buggyra ZR Racing as we share the same goals in terms of developing new talent, especially from emerging countries,” said Peze.
“With our motorsports program, we would like to increase diversity in motorsport. This is something we have been fighting for since our debut in 2014 and which was acknowledged by the Sir Lewis Hamilton commission in 2021.”
No word has been given on the team’s intended program for Le Mans although GT3 cars will become eligible in 2024, which would enable them to run the same Mercedes it plans to campaign this year.