French team IDEC Sport has announced its full 2019 racing commitments today. It will enter the European Le Mans Series once again and the 24H Series, with the hope of adding Le Mans to its schedule should it receive an invitation.
In the ELMS, the team will once again field two cars in LMP2, one ORECA 07 Gibson and a Ligier JS P217 reserved for gentlemen drivers.
The trio driving its ORECA remain unchanged from 2018, Paul Lafargue, Paul-Loup Chatin and Memo Rojas all returning, looking to build on a season which saw them finish third in the overall standings.
“I’m really happy we can continue all three drivers. Our trio worked well last year and we built something. We have real chemistry,” said Lafargue. “I hope we’ll be as good as last year, if not more, and we’ll be looking for a great result at the end of the season. We leave confident!”
Driving its Ligier meanwhile will be Patrice Lafargue, Erik Maris and LMP2 debutant Stephane Adler.
“Patrice (Lafargue) has spoken to me about P2 for a while. Even though I’ve done six or seven years of CN prototype, I’m a little apprehensive. But I just come to have fun, we’re here for fun,” explained Adler.
“I have started to prepare with LMP3 tests in Barcelona and Portimao. It is a first for me to be in a closed protoype, but it’s very pleasant to drive.
“We have four days of private testing scheduled at Le Castellet before the start of the season.”
In addition to racing in the ELMS with its LMP2 chassis, the team is set to file for two entries to the 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours.
“IDEC was humble when it arrived in ELMS without registering for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. They registered a car in 2017 and scored a great result. We then improved our performance in 2018. I think that the ACO can have confidence in the team. I think it should be noticed,” said Paul-Loup Chatin.
In the 24H Series, IDEC Sport will continue to race its Mercedes-AMG GT3. The team will compete in five events, the races at Mugello, Spa, Bruno, Portimao and Barcelona.