Team Oreca announces Petit Le Mans entry

ORECA Matmut AIM, A trip to the Petit Le Mans to prepare for 2010! The Team ORECA-Matmut-AIM will race in the Petit Le Mans (USA) at the end of September to prepare for next year's Le Mans 24 Hours. After a good result in this year's Le Mans...

ORECA Matmut AIM, A trip to the Petit Le Mans to prepare for 2010!

The Team ORECA-Matmut-AIM will race in the Petit Le Mans (USA) at the end of September to prepare for next year's Le Mans 24 Hours.

After a good result in this year's Le Mans 24 Hours, the Team ORECA-Matmut-AIM is determined to do everything in its power to prepare for the 2010 event in the best possible conditions. Thus, the team has decided to race in the Petit Le Mans, one of the blue riband events of the American Le Mans Series.

ORECA won the ALMS-GT title in the United States in 1999, and is preparing to go back to the Road Atlanta circuit. This trip to Georgia fulfils several requirements as Hugues de Chaunac explains: "First of all, two of our partners, the Easydentic Group and Huntsman Advanced Materials, are very motivated by a challenge in the USA. Technically speaking, it's also a great help for us to use a race lasting ten hours to make progress. For budgetary reasons we had to make a choice; we're going to the Petit Le Mans. Unfortunately, we won't be at the Nurburgring, but we'll be back at Silverstone for the final round of the Le Mans Series"

Two weeks after the Silverstone 1000kms, the Team ORECA-Matmut-AIM will race in the Petit Le Mans on 26th September. "In the context of the third year of the Le Mans Challenge, we must progress and this event will enable us to move up a step," underlines the ORECA Group President. `It's longer, 1000 miles or ten hours on one of the most demanding circuits in America, and we'll be taking on Acura. It'll be a good yardstick, as it's a manufacturer which is running to the same regulations as us. As its name implies, the Petit Le Mans will provide top-class preparation for the next Le Mans 24 Hours."

The Team ORECA was based at Road Atlanta when it was racing in America, and it has already competed on this track with Vipers, but it will be a first for the ORECA 01 prototype. "The whole team will find itself in a different environment with new restrictions. Everybody's going to learn learn more and learn more quickly. It'll be a rewarding trip," concludes de Chaunac.

The Petit Le Mans is the second-last round in the American Le Mans Series and will take place on 26th September. The details concerning this entry will be communicated later on.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Hugues de Chaunac