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First Le Mans Garage 56 Entry in Four Years Confirmed

Sausset-led SRT 41 team to run three disabled drivers in specially modified LMP2 car…

Photo: MPS Agency

A Garage 56 car will contest the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the first time in four years following the confirmation of Association SRT 41 on the official entry list.

SRT 41 is the team founded by Frederic Sausset, a quadruple amputee who reached the finish of the 2016 Le Mans race in a specially adapted Morgan LMP2 car (above).

Sausset’s organization will return to the grid for this year’s edition with a modified Oreca 07 Gibson and on-site technical assistance from Graff.

Takuma Aoki, Nigel Bailly and Snoussi Ben Moussa will form the driver lineup.

Both Aoki and Bailly were paralyzed from the waist down following motorcycle accidents in 1998 and 2004 respectively, while Ben Moussa is a left-hand amputee.

The trio campaigned a Ligier JS P3 Nissan in the 2018 V de V Endurance Series and then ran the same car in the Ultimate Cup Series last year.

Additionally, Aoki and Bailly – who use hand controls to accelerate and brake  – shared the Ligier in the 2019 Road to Le Mans race which supported the 24 Hours.

SRT 41 has been preparing to field the first ever all-disabled Le Mans crew since Sausset’s pioneering 2016 run, in which he shared the Morgan with Christophe Tinseau and Jean-Bernard Bouvet.

In the early days of the program, SRT 41 announced its plans to take Aoki, Bailly and Ben Moussa to Le Mans as part of its “Un Volant Pour Tous” (a steering wheel for all) initiative.

The trio will now try to emulate Sausset’s efforts from four years ago to become the second Garage 56 team to complete the full 24 hours.

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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