As previously reported on DSC, Algarve Pro Racing has signed Olivier Pla for the remaining European Le Man’s Series races, in place of the injured Mark Patterson.
The Frenchman will race alongside full-season drivers John Falb and Andrea Pizzitola, in the team’s #25 ORECA 07 Gibson.
“I’m really looking forward to joining Algarve Pro Racing and to share the #25 ORECA 07 LMP2 with John (Falb) and Andrea (Pizzitola),” said Play.
“I think we have the same expectations and I’m sure together we will push in the same direction to score some strong results during the remaining four races at Barcelona, Silverstone, Spa-Francorchamps and Portimao.”
Falb, who made the step from LMP3 to LMP2 this season, welcomes Pla’s arrival saying: “I am extremely excited that Olivier (Pla) is joining Andrea (Pizzitola) and I for the balance of the season. He brings so much experience and pace to the programme, I am confident it will be reflected in our results. I have a lot to learn about the Dunlop tyres and ORECA 07 to get the speed out of the car, and Olivier will help us maximise the potential much quicker. With four races left, there is still a lot to play for and we will certainly be aiming for the top step.”
Algarve Pro Racing Team Principal, Stewart Cox, said: “We’re excited that Olivier (Pla) will be joining Algarve Pro Racing for the rest of the 2019 European Le Mans season. We wished Mark Patterson could be with us at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and his presence will be missed for the rest of the year, but Olivier is a Champion and a safe pair of hands who will represent Algarve Pro Racing and Mark well, while helping John (Falb) get the most from himself and the ORECA.”
Pla already has a start in the ELMS this season under his belt. The Frenchman filled in for IMSA-tied Harry Tincknell in Carlin’s Dallara in the opener at Paul Ricard.