Matthieu Lahaye will replace the injured Francois Heriau in the No. 84 Association SRT41 Oreca 07 Gibson in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, it has been confirmed.
The 36-year-old Frenchman has been drafted into the Graff Racing-run Garage 56 entry at the last minute after an undisclosed injury for Heriau, who was slated to spearhead the team’s driver lineup.
Lahaye, a veteran of four Le Mans starts, will share driving duties of the specially-adapted Oreca with disabled drivers Nigel Bailly and Takuma Aoki.
“On behalf of all the members of SRT41 and of Graff Racing, I would like to extend our support to Francois for his recovery, hoping that he will nevertheless be able to be present by our side for the race,” said team principal Frederic Sausset.
“I extend my friendship to Francois and Morgane to take up this ordeal and hope to have them by our side as soon as possible.”
The SRT41 entry returns to Le Mans for the first time since 2016 when it fielded a Morgan LMP2 car for Sausset, Christophe Tinseau and Jean-Bernard Bouvet, which became the first Garage 56 entrant to be classified at the end of the French endurance classic.