ORECA has many facets and the car constructor aspect is taking a more and more important role. Thus, the company based in the Var region of France are one way or another, involved in all endurance championships. Many teams have put their trust in the chassis developed by de Chaunac, company founder, and his workforce.
On the entry list for the Le Mans 24 Hours, seven cars have ORECA chassis in LM P2 car and one on the reserve list, while three teams will compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship. The ORECA 03 chassis will also be present in European Le Mans Series through six teams but no team at present in the American Le Mans Series, but Formula Le Mans, developed and built by ORECA, provide a portion of the grid.
Signatech-Nissan, second in the LM P2 category at the 2011 Le Mans 24 Hours will renew its confidence in ORECA this time with two cars. They will be joined by ADR-Delta, Boutsen Ginion Racing, Race Performance, Thiriet by TDS Racing whose program was unveiled last week, and Pecom Racing who attended both days of testing at Sebring yesterday and the day before yesterday to prepare for the first round of the FIA World Endurance World Championship.
Three of these teams at Le Mans are also included in the Championship, namely Pecom Racing, ADR-Delta and Signatech-Nissan, who won the title last year in the ILMC.
De Chaunac is pleased to see so many teams choose ORECA chassis: "ORECA is very proud and happy to see seven ORECA 03 chosen by the ACO for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The objective now is to do everything possible so that one of these teams takes the LMP2 win. Our design team worked hard this winter while keeping in the spirit of the category. On this subject, you have to congratulate the ACO, who have established a new rules package that allows LM P2 cars to gain such success. There is a lot of diversity, as is quality. We are relishing the opportunity to go up against constructors like Morgan, Lotus, Lola, Honda, Norma and Zytek. We know the teams who have trusted us well and we know they are capable of racing for the win. Some of them were already present in 2011 and took the first successes for the ORECA 03. Others are joining us for a new adventure and they have the same chances to shine. We aren’t hiding the fact that we are looking for the highest step in the podium as a constructor, even if we know the competition has sharpened their weapons, both in Europe and around the world."
It is in the USA that ORECA has won two of its greatest successes: the 12 Hours of Sebring in 2011 with the Peugeot 908 HDi FAP in the hands of Nicolas Lapierre, Loïc Duval and Olivier Panis and the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2000 with the Chrysler Viper driven by Olivier Beretta, Karl Wendlinger and Dominique Dupuy.