Mathias Beche and Pierre Thiriet were the victors in their ORECAO3 in Spielberg, Austria for the third round of the European Le Mans Series at the Red Bull Ring.
The all Swiss Race Performance team finished the opening day of the European Le Mans Series event at the Red Bull Ring with Patric Niederhauser setting the fastest lap time.
On the 3 Hours of the Red Bull Ring, no less than ten ORECA chassis will be in action.
Next rendezvous for Team Endurance Challenge will be July 19 and 20 at the Red Bull Ring, site of the third round of the European Le Mans Series.
Driving the ORECA 03 entered by Thiriet by TDS Racing, the two men Pierre Thiriet and Mathias Beche took the 3 Hours of Imola victory.
The 20-minute qualifying session at Imola took place under blue skies.
Soheil Ayari and Anthony Pons, despite an rib injury, begin the season on a high note for Team Endurance Challenge.
In LMGTE, the pole was taken by Ram Racing's Ferrari team while the GTC honors went to the MOMO Audi No. 65
Final testing before the start of the ELMS
ORECA is celebrating its 40th anniversary at Silverstone.
The six Team Endurance Challenge drivers took advantage of the ELMS Official Test to actively prepare the first round at Silverstone.
The Signatech-Alpine junior driver and the promising Swiss will drive the third ORECA-FLM 09 entered by Team Endurance Challenge. The two men join Alex Loan/Matthieu Lecuyer and Soheil Ayari/Anthony Pons.
Thirty cars and ten different nationalities to start the first ELMS round.
The Automobile Club de l’Ouest understands the decision by Sebastien Loeb to withdraw his team from the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Race Performance no. 34 Oreca 03-Judd has been sent their invitation as the next team on the reserve list.
"Le Mans remains an important objective for us and we are starting the work today to be there in 2014 in accordance with our ambitions," explains Dominique Heintz, team manager.
As reported earlier in the week, the famous Renault brand Alpine will be returning to sportscars this year. It's official.