Chrysler Team ORECA has contracted Portuguese drivers Pedro Lamy and Ni Amorim for this year's 69th edition of the Le Mans 24 hours. Both have driven for the team before at Le Mans, finishing second in 1998 and in 2000 respectively, as part of the...
Chrysler Team ORECA has contracted Portuguese drivers Pedro Lamy and Ni Amorim for this year's 69th edition of the Le Mans 24 hours. Both have driven for the team before at Le Mans, finishing second in 1998 and in 2000 respectively, as part of the Chrysler Viper Team ORECA 1-2 finishes. Lamy also won the 1998 FIA GT Championship with Monegasque Olivier Beretta, the pair recording eight wins from ten races in the GTS class.
Lamy left the team as a champion in 1998 and took part in various sports car events, including the Petit Le Mans with a privately-entered BMW. He then joined Mercedes, and drove for the manufacturer at Le Mans in 1999, retiring on Saturday night.
The Portuguese contested last year's DTM series in a Rosberg Mercedes and started this year's DTM championship, but elected to stop last month and joined Chrysler Team ORECA at a recent test in Magny Cours, driving the Mopar 6-litre V8-powered Chrysler LMP for the first time.
Amorim has been driving Chrysler Vipers since 1998, primarily for the privately-entered Chamberlain Motorsport team. In 1999, the Portuguese contested the Spanish GT Championship, winning four times. He also drove for the factory ORECA squad for the first time that year, finishing third in class at the Petit Le Mans.
Last year, Amorim drove a Chrysler Viper GTS R/T at Le Mans, finishing second with Anthony Beltoise and David Donohue. It was the Portuguese driver's best ever finish after recording a third place in class with the private team, Chamberlain Motorsport, in 1999.
This is the second year of the 6-litre, V8-powered Chrysler LMP, an open top prototype that will race in the LMP900 category. Last year the team entered two cars, one of which made it to the chequer flag at Le Mans after 24 hours around the 13.6km, high-speed Le Mans circuit.
The race will take place on 16/17 June, with four qualifying sessions on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 June. Keep up to date with the progress of the team on Chrysler's website, www.chrysler-motorsports.com, or visit Ni Amorim's website, at www.niamorim.com