After six years mainly devoted to the development of the DUQUEINE Engineering team and DUQUEINE Automotive, Yann Belhomme is to leave the Duqueine organisation.
Belhomme’s departure comes after a period of ill-health, and a troubled genesis for the organisation’s new for 2020 LMP3 car, the Duqueine D08 a development of the Norma M30 after Duqueine obtained the manufacturing rights for Normas’s LMP3 programme.
It has been through a period of some real success for Duqueine under Belhomme’s guidance after the team was born in 2014.
From a debut in the FFSA GT Championship in 2014 to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2019, Yann Belhomme has managed to lead the team to the elite of the world car endurance.
At Le Mans, the team held third place for several hours despite a puncture at the start of the race.
Yann Belhomme: “I enjoyed my six years spent with Duqueine Engineering. I was keen to develop a successful team. Bringing together skills around competition and sport values is incredible. Thank you to the whole team and to Gilles for these wonderful experiences. I look forward to a new challenge and wish the team the best for the future.”
Gilles Duqueine: “Yann has enabled Duqueine Engineering to develop itself to the excellence of world motorsport. His commitment to the group has always been exemplary and his passion for the team has never wavered. I sincerely want to thank Yann for all his contribution and I wish him much success in the next stage of his career.”
Both the LMP3 build programme and the associated race team’s ELMS and Le Mans LMP2 programmes are to continue as planned.