Pierre Ragues and OAK Racing : The reunion
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Pierre Ragues and OAK Racing : The reunion

​OAK Racing has confirmed its second driver for its 2011 LM P1 in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup. The Frenchman Pierre Ragues, 26, joined the team he had raced successfully with in 2008.

OAK Racing has confirmed its second driver for its 2011 LM P1 in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup. The Frenchman Pierre Ragues, 26, joined the team he had raced successfully with in 2008.

It was during his first stint with Racing OAK, then called Saulnier Racing, Pierre Ragues mounted on a podium in endurance racing for the first time, allowing the team to get the first of his three podiums in LM P2 at consecutive 24 Hours of Le Mans. He also finished fifth in the drivers' championship LM P2 in the Le Mans Series. Since then, Ragues has had substantial experience in LM P1, as in Le Mans Series and Le Mans, driving the Lola-Aston Martin of the Signature Plus team, including obtaining two podiums in 2010 and finishing fourth in the drivers' championship.

Next season, Pierre Ragues will share one of the OAK Racing Pescarolo LM P1 prototypes with his countryman Guillaume Moreau, whose contract was renewed last month. They will participate in the full seven rounds of the ILMC which includes the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans and other prestigious events in the United States, China and Europe.

Francois Sicard (CEO of OAK Racing): "We always stayed in touch with Peter since 2008 and we followed results closely - I feel that we've never really left! Peter is one of the more experienced young French drivers and he has clearly demonstrated that the two key qualities of endurance racing, namely speed and reliability. In addition, Pierre Moreau will benefit from from his experience in Formula Renault and his technical experience in LM P1 will greatly assist the team in its transition to the premier class. "

Pierre Ragues: "I enjoyed the previous season with the team in 2008, but the opportunity to ride in LM P1 was too tempting. I left on very good terms and I now feel I'm back home. I'm still a young driver and to run in ILMC, at the most prestigious circuits such as Sebring, Le Mans, Road Atlanta and Spa is a dream come true. Although the core team remained the same, the organisation has grown significantly since I left and became more professional. I am eager to begin my test program in mid-February, it will be a very important period before the first race at Sebring. "

The third driver of OAK Racing ILMC programme will be announced shortly.