Founded in 1998 by Philippe Gautheron under the name G-TEC, and operating as a race driver training and preparation academy during the previous six seasons, Team Virage has announced it will begin prototype racing this year.
The team will enter European championships featuring LMP3 cars, the team having acquired a Ligier JS P3. The team has stated that it will be evaluating entries into the VdeV Series, European Le Mans Series and Michelin Le Mans Cup, led by Gautheron and assisted by former racing driver Julien Gerbi as Team Manager.
During pre-season, the team has tested in Spain with GP3 driver Julien Falchero, LMP3 race-winner Henning Enqvist and single-seater youngster Javier Cobian.
“We recently witnessed a resurgence in prototype racing,” said Philippe Gautheron. “The launch of numerous LMP3 championships offers new opportunities for young drivers to become professionals, while gentlemen racers can now compete in a serious environment, without the high costs usually seen in endurance categories.
“We are happy to combine our racing and preparation programmes, in order to provide our drivers with the best service, both on and off the track.”