Algarve Pro Racing have confirmed that Matt McMurry will line up alongside John Falb and Simon Trummer in the Goodyear / BM Chronographes backed #25 ORECA 07 Gibson LMP2 for the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours.
McMurry is reigning IMSA LMP2 Champion (a campaign where he scored five race victories, six podiums, one pole position and three fastest laps) and returns to Algarve Pro Racing for the first time since 2017 when he was part of the squad’s title-winning run in Asian Le Mans Series, as well as runs in the ELMS and at Le Mans.
“Being with Algarve and at Le Mans is very special to me. The team and the race have both been instrumental influencers in my life,” said McMurry. “I cannot wait to be back and to give it everything I have to offer.”
McMurry is the youngest driver to participate in and finish the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a mark he set at the age of 16 years and 202 days in 2014.
He will now add the run at Le Mans to his current full season commitments in IMSA with the Meyer Shank Racing #86 Acura NSX GT3 in the GTD class.
“Last year was really the first time since my spec Prototype Lights days that I had the right weapon to compete with, that being the ORECA 07, so it was super rewarding to be able to set lap records at numerous tracks, and it will make joining Algarve’s Le Mans efforts with its Oreca 07 familiar right away,” added McMurry.
“Our relationship with Matt goes back a long way and we’re really looking forward to reigniting the association. Matt was very young when he first joined us for the 2016/17 Asian Le Mans Series, and while his talent was clear from the off, he has come a long way since then and will re-join Algarve Pro Racing as an IMSA Champion. Even without an IMSA title to his name, Matt was a natural selection for our 24 Hours of Le Mans line-up, as he raced with us at Le Mans in 2017, has always been fast there and he knows the ORECA 07 LMP2 well,” said Stewart Cox.
This will be McMurry’s third time at Le Mans and his ninth 24-hour race, including six attempts at the 24 Hours of Daytona.
“I’m so excited to be going back to the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Algarve Pro Racing,” said McMurry. “I love the team and it has been too long since we last worked together. I know Algarve has strengthened as a team since I last drove for them, and I’m happy to be joining John (Falb) and Simon (Trummer), two great drivers who I’ve known for quite a while now. I think we will make a good team.”
The Algarve Pro team have added a guest appearance at this weekend’s FIA WEC race at Spa to assist their preparations, Jon Lancaster will join Fab and Trummer for the Spa race.