Nelson Panciatici, Pierre Ragues and André Negrão are set to fill the three seats in Signatech Alpine’s second A470 for the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship, the team has confirmed at its announcement today in Paris.
“After a lot of hard work over the winter, we have two very good cars, with a remarkably high quality of finish,” team principal Philippe Sinault said. “We are delighted to keep working with Nelson Panciatici, to have Pierre Ragues back with us and to welcome André Negrão.
“After a magnificent season in 2016 with Alpine, Stéphane Richelmi has taken up a great opportunity to drive for a top team in the GT class and we wish him the very best.
“For this year’s World Championship, I think we can safely say we have two crews who are very motivated to do the Alpine brand proud!”
Of the three names, Panciatici returns to the team for a fourth season, though in 2016 he only completed a partial-season the Baxi DC Alpine crew.
Ragues meanwhile moves over from Larbre Competition’s now-scaled back GTE effort with Corvette Racing to race in the LMP2 for the first time since competing with Team SARD Morand in 2015 for two rounds of the FIA WEC. Part of his decade of LMP2 experience includes driving in LMP1 with Signature Plus and Oak Racing and scoring a class podium in LMP2 at Le Mans with Saulnier Racing in 2008.
For Brazillian ex-GP2 racer Negrão, this season will mark his endurance racing and prototype debut after seasons spent in single seaters racing in Brazilian F3, Formula Renault 3.5 and Indy Lights.