AFS/PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports has announced that it will be switching from a Ligier JS P217 to a new ORECA 07 from the next round of the IMSA WeatherTech season at Laguna Seca onwards.
The Californian team is set to enter the final two events of the season with the ORECA, ahead of a full-season effort in 2019 in the newly announced LMP2 class.
AFS/PR1’s drivers Gustavo Yacaman and Sebastian Saavedra will drive the car for the first time at Laguna Seca.
“I first want to thank the Nicolet and Crawford families and Onroak for their continued support and efforts to help us as a team over the last couple of seasons,” said team principal Bobby Oergel. “Max, Jacques and Pierre have been great to work with and we look forward to continuing that relationship with our LMP3 and F4 programs.
“On the switch of chassis, It’s a tough time of the year to make this change for sure but there’s no time like the present to make the preparations for next year and push hard to finish off 2018 with a good result.”
Ray Mathiasen, added: “This has been an eventful week for the team. The separation of the DPi and LMP2 classes in 2019 is something Leslie and I feel was necessary and a very welcome change for the future. And now we have been able to purchase our new equipment from ORECA in time to be able to compete at Laguna Seca, our home track, and at Road Atlanta.
“This will give us the valuable experience we’ll need to prepare for 2019 giving Bobby and crew the opportunity to once again return to the podium finishes that have escaped us since our move up to the prototype class. We couldn’t be any more enthusiastic about the rest of this season and next year.”