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IDEC Sport Switches Second Ligier For Ex-Rebellion ORECA

Rojas to IDEC, Will Stevens to Paris Barthez

One intriguing snippet that was missed out of our Aragon test news catch up related to IDEC Sport, a team that will run on Michelins for the full ELMS season with the effort expanded to two cars.

The paddock gossip is now confirmed by a senior team source and IDEC Sport, that in the wake of getting just one of its requested entries for the Le Mans 24 Hours being accepted, the team has now cancelled the order for its second Ligier JS P217. Instead, IDEC has obtained an ORECA 07 Gibson, believed to be an ex-Rebellion Racing chassis, for its second ELMS entry.

That will see IDEC enter into a technical partnership with Rebellion for the coming season, and will see the ORECA entered in place of the Ligier at Le Mans (subject to ACO approval, a switch of manufacturer is highly unusual).

Paul Lafargue and Paul-Loup Chatin were already announced at IDEC for the season and are set to be joined by 2017 ELMS Champion Memo Rojas who won the title aboard an identical ORECA campaigned by DragonSpeed on behalf of G-Drive Racing.

This will be the first year then that ORECA 07 Gibsons have raced on Michelin rubber with IDEC Sport (ELMS) and DragonSpeed (ELMS and WEC) having selected the French supplier.

The Ligier meanwhile will contest the ELMS with Patrice Lafargue the only driver named thus far.

The move sees a pair of two car teams in the 2018 ELMS with a mixed entry, Algarve Pro Racing having obtained Rebellion’s spare ORECA chassis for their second entry alongside their 2017 Ligier.

Also emerging is news that Fabien Barthez is unlikely to contest the ELMS in ‘his’ Panis Barthez Ligier JS P217. Timothy Buret had already been confirmed but he is likely to be joined by ex-F1 driver and 2017 Le Mans GTE AM class Champion Will Stevens with Julien Canal in contention for the final seat with the team.