Leading GP2 squad Racing Engineering is poised to be expanding its efforts into sports car racing next year. (En Français)
Endurance-Info has learned that the Spanish team, led by Alfonso de Orléans-Borbón, is evaluating a LMP2 entry alongside its commitment in the GP2 series.
This season, the team fields cars for Raffaele Marciello and Stefano Coletti.
“It is still expected that we will come to LMP2 next year,” Orléans-Borbón said. “As we said, we will take a decision after the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Today, we’re closely looking at what is being done by three manufacturers.”
Orléans-Borbón founded Racing Engineering in 1999. The team, based near Jerez, has fielded entries for a number of open-wheel turned sports car stars, including Neel Jani, Adam Carroll, Sergio Jimenez, Filipe Albuquerque, Giorgio Pantano, Lucas di Grassi , Ho-Pin Tung , Alvaro Parente and Fabio Leimer.
A genuine racing enthusiast, Orléans-Borbón has made two starts in the 24 Hours of Le Mans as a driver, at the wheel of a Ferrari 348 LM in 1994 and a Porsche 911 GT2 the following year.
The team, meanwhile, fielded a Porsche 911 GT3-R in 2000 for drivers Tomas Saldana, Giovanni Lavaggi and Jesus Diez-Villaroel.
No decision has been made on which series the team would compete in, although Orléans-Borbón said the FIA World Endurance Championship is the best option at the moment.