Panis Racing, formerly Panis Barthez Competition has revealed the driver line-up for its Goodyear-shod #31 ORECA 07 which it will campaign in the ELMS in 2020.
Will Stevens and Julien Canal return to the team and will be joined by newcomer Nicolas Jamin, who raced with Duquiene Engineering the past two seasons.
“I am delighted to carry on the ELMS story with Sarah and Simon Abadie,” said Panis. “Be now associated with the tyre manufacturer Goodyear and being able to benefit from its heritage, its technology and its worldwide reputation in motorsport is a source of pride. We are also very grateful to ELF for its trust.
“This partnership has a special taste for me because they have been all around my driving career through my F1 debut. A big thank you also to all the partners who have been involved with us from the beginning and who have renewed their confidence in us for 2020.
“We are happy to bring together three top drivers for this new season. Will (Stevens)’s level of performance is well proven, and his ability to pass on technical information to his teammates and the team is a major asset.
“We will also be able to continue to benefit from the great experience of Julien (Canal), added to his close complicity with Will these two past seasons. It’s a great satisfaction to welcome Nico (Jamin) in this crew. This young driver has shown great things in LMP2, and we know his team spirit and his ability to integrate. No doubt we have all needed to fight at the top of the field and to win races!”
Jamin says he feels that he already feels part of the team, which he believes can fight for the ELMS LMP2 title this year.
“I am extremely happy and excited to join Panis Racing. I was very warmly welcomed by the whole team during my visit to the workshop based in Toulouse. I already feel part of the family! The team has already shown its huge potential in the past ELMS seasons and at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“I really believe we have the technical package and the crew to fight for the championship! I’m looking forward to working with Will, as he is a true reference in the LMP2 endurance field, and Julien is a top-level Silver driver with a lot of experience in this car. I would like to thank Olivier Panis, Sarah and Simon Abadie for this great opportunity. I can’t wait to get started!”