JN Investissements take over Saulnier Racing
Saulnier Racing has confirmed that it has been purchased by JN Investissements ahead of the start of the 2007 season. The team, which ran a Courage-Judd in the Le Mans Series in 2006 under the Swiss Spirit banner and also has a rich heritage in single-seater racing, is set to open a new chapter in its history in a move marking the end of the Serge Saulnier era.
Former team boss and founder Saulnier said: "I feel as if part of me is being lost today, but my new position and responsibilities as team manager of Peugeot Sport were incompatible with my role at Saulnier Racing. The team that I created nearly 25 years ago now boasts one of the finest pedigree in Europe and the expertise they have is renowned throughout the industry. I believe these factors are what attracted JN Investissements to Saulnier Racing. I also believe that JN Investissements, who are already involved in other motor racing programmes, are the best possible company to take over and guarantee the development of the team."
Jacques Nicolet, CEO of JN Investissements, continued: "We were looking for a top team to compete in the Le Mans Series and the Le Mans 24 Hours and it quickly became evident that Saulnier Racing fitted the bill perfectly. The success of the team in the different championships it has entered, Formula 3, World Series and also the 2006 Le Mans Series under the Swiss Spirit banner, convinced us to take this opportunity. The stability and quality of everyone involved with the team gives us reason to believe that we will continue to build on that success over the coming season."
The buy out means Saulnier Racing can now confirm an ambitious sporting programme for 2007. The team will race in the LMP2 class of the Le Mans Series and also hope to receive an invitation to compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours.
The team will unveil its technical package and driver line-up in February.