Panis-Barthez Competition have announced their full-season driver line-ups for both LLMP2 and LMP3 entries.
In the #23 Ligier JS P217 2016 drivers Fabien Barthez and Timothé Buret will be joined by Nathanaël Berthon.
At the wheel of the #16 Ligier JS P3 another pair of team returnees, Eric Debard and Simon Gachet return, joined by young American Theo Bean.
Olivier Panis, Team Principal: “The Ligier JS P217 in LMP2 will set a course in terms of technical and physical performance which will require a high level of driving. This is why, with Fabien and Timothé, we wanted to hire a driver with a solid experience in Endurance and Nathanaël Berthon meets this requirement.
“He has demonstrated during the past seasons in ELMS, WEC and the 24 Hours of Le Mans his ability to be a fast pilot, often at the front, which combined with the sporting rigor of Fabien and the achievements of Timothé allows us to have a solid crew on several levels.
The duo Eric Debard and Simon Gachet in LMP3 worked perfectly last season. They learned from their common experience and quickly gained good cohesion in the race. As a continuation of our young driver development, we have engaged Theo Bean, who has made a name for itself in the Atlantic Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, in Toyota Racing Series, and has shown us great things in private testing.
Nathanaël Berthon: “I am delighted to be able to join the Panis-Barthez Competition family and I thank Olivier Panis and the staff for their confidence and I will give everything to share my endurance experience knowing that we will have to work hard To meet this challenge and especially with this new Ligier JS P217 that we must learn to tame.
Having Fabien Barthez as a team-mate is enriching from his past of high-level athlete and his ability to federate the team. Showed good things with a will to progress and a good mentality. This good atmosphere within the team and the cohesion between team-mates is essential and we will do everything possible to fight at the forefront with a technical team I know very perfectionist “.