CD Sport has confirmed its lineup for the team’s 24 Hours of Le Mans debut, with Michael Jensen, Steven Palette and Christophe Cresp set to take on the French endurance classic for the first time.
The team, which secured an auto-invite for winning the LMP3 class title in the Asian Le Mans Series earlier this year, will field an ex-Eurointernational Ligier JS P217 Gibson in what will be the only non-ORECA in the LMP2 class.
All three drivers, who were a part of the team’s two-car Asian campaign earlier this year, sampled the car during a test at recent test at Monza, with an outing at Motorland Aragon scheduled next month.
“I felt great emotion when I saw our Ligier leave for its first run, a symbol of our debut in LMP2,” said team owner Claude Degremont.
“For us, this is a kind of culmination. We are not yet in the Le Mans paddock but this first contact with the car already represents something big. We picked up the selection for Le Mans 7,000 kilometers from our base and now everyone is going to live a dream.
“We have already taken part four times in Road to Le Mans, which takes place as a curtain raiser to the 24 Hours, but this year the race will not last 55 minutes.
“It will certainly be a highlight for Vivien Fouquet, our data/systems engineer and assistant team manager, who is from Loué, in Sarthe. I would also like to involve all CD Sport staff in this new adventure to experience this incredible week together.”
The car will run for LMP2 Pro-Am class honors, with both Jensen and Cresp Bronze rated by the FIA.