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Jean-Bernard Bouvet Creates Driver Development Programme With Ligier

A new ladder to Le Mans emerges

Former Le Mans driver and multiple French GT and FIA GT champion Jean-Bernard Bouvet has created a new driver development programme in partnership with Ligier Automotive.

This programme will prepare multiple young drivers (around six) between the age of 16 and 20 to become professional and compete in sportscar racing around the world over the course of a three-year period.

The first year of this new programme will focus on competition in the new-for-2020 Ligier European Series (which will be on the ELMS support bill) which features two single-make classes for the Ligier JS P4 and Ligier JS 2R (featured). There they will compete with Le Mans-based outfit Team ZOSH Competition, which has experience racing in the French Ligier JS Cup championship with JS 2Rs.

Beyond that, they will move up the ranks to compete in higher-level GT or prototype racing (depending on each drivers’ preference) and undergo physical, mental and media training with the Race Driving Institute. The Institute will offer 350 hours of classes to the drivers, who in addition to racing with the team will also undergo a private test and simulator programme.

Potential drivers will be evaluated by invitation, and interviewed with by Jean-Bernard Bouvet. This assessment process will take place over two days, November 26th and 27th 2019, at circuit Magny-Cours. Ligier Automotive, partner of the programme, and Jean-Bernard Bouvet will then select the drivers to join this new development programme.

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