Estre gets Le Mans 24 Hours seat

Last weekend's Pirelli World Challenge winner Kevin Estre will be joined by 2014 Blancpain Endurance Series champion Laurens Vanthoor in an OAK Racing-run Ligier at the Le Mans 24 Hours.

The pair will be joined by Canadian racer Chris Cumming, ensuring a trio of rookies for the world's biggest endurance race.

The OAK Ligier JS 2 will be powered by Honda and race on Dunlop tyres. Estre paired with Chris Cumming at the 2012 Daytona and Sebring classics.

Twenty-four-year old Vanthoor, regarded as among the best GT3 drivers, has indicated that he sees this opportunity as 'step one' in what is likely to be a permanent move in to LMP racing in the future.

"Obviously it's a dream coming true to race in Le Mans," said Vanthoor. "I filled one dream 3 years ago by becoming a professional race driver for Audi.

"After that my next goal was to compete and win in Le Mans, this is a first step towards that dream. Being able to do it with OAK Racing, in a Ligier JS P2-Honda-Dunlop, with a very quick GT fellow-driver Kevin Estre and of course Chris Cumming is the best package I could imagine.

"Obviously we don't have the experience as drivers but we will work our way through it."

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Series WEC
Drivers Chris Cumming , Laurens Vanthoor , Kevin Estre
Teams OAK Racing
Article type Breaking news
Tags le mans