The driver line-up for ARC Bratislava's Ligier finalized for the 24 Hours of Le Mans
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The driver line-up for ARC Bratislava's Ligier finalized for the 24 Hours of Le Mans

Though some drivers have to wait years to be able to take the start at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, that will not be the case for 18-year-old Rik Breukers who will be a member of the #49 driver line-up of the Ligier JS P217 entered by the ARC Bratislava team at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The young Dutch driver, who will celebrate his 19th birthday the same day as the start of the 85th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, will join Miro Konopka (owner of the Slovakian team) and Konstantins Calko in the Ligier JS P217 replacing the Oreca 07 orginally announced by the ARC Bratislava team.

Despite his young age, Rik Breukers has already participated in several 24-hour races, including at Dubai in January: "The 24 Hours of Le Mans has always been my main goal as the cornerstone of endurance racing. I hope my experience in LM P3 and in the Ginetta G57 (prototype derived from the Ginetta LM P3, Ed.) will prove useful in quickly getting used to the new LM P2 car. The team has scheduled several days of testing at Monza and at the Solvakiaring. However, the car isn't ready yet and the team is awaiting delivery of the new Ligier LM P2."

The ARC Bratislava outfit, making its debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, competed in the Asian Le Mans Series last season and scored the vice champion title in the LM P3 class.

Photo (Copyright: Paul Khoo-Rewind Images): One of the two Ginettas entered by ARC Bratislava at Sepang, the last round of the 2016/2017 Asian Le Mans Series season.