IDEC Sport is getting ready to contest its fourth 24 Hours of Le Mans. Patrice Lafargue’s outfit has pocketed an invitation to this year’s race on the back of its title-winning campaign in the 2019 European Le Mans Series. IDEC Sport is also third in line on the reserve cars’ list. The team based in Fontenay-Trésigny, to the south-west of Paris, will run an Oreca 07-Gibson LMP2 for the third year in succession. “Our real target for the season would be to win Le Mans, although we'll fight hard to retain our ELMS title," Paul Lafargue explained.
The #28 prototype will be driven by Paul Lafargue (31, three starts), Paul-Loup Chatin (five appearances, including a third place in LMP2 in 2014 with Alpine) and Richard Bradley (four starts, including an LMP2 class win in 2015 with KCMG). The three drivers recently completed their first test session at Magny-Cours. “The squad is really motivated,” Chatin said. “We’ve kept the same crew we’ve had for the last three years. Our mechanics and engineers know us and the car pretty well now. Richard has already won the 24 Hours of Le Mans and has bags of experience. He has settled in well and embodies IDEC Sport’s values. I think we’ll be very quick. He’s en excellent recruit who’ll help us improve.” For the upcoming ELMS campaign and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, IDEC Sport will have an eye-catching new livery that is sure to be a hit with Endurance fans.
The team will also make its Michelin Le Mans Cup début this season with a Ligier JS P320-Nissan in the LMP3 class and a Mercedes AMG GT3 in GT3.
IDEC Sport’s #48 Oreca 07-Gibson finished the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans in 10th place overall, and fifth in the LMP2 class.
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