Following François Heriau’s broken collar bone just before the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Ultimate LMP2 team had to look for a third man to replace him.
The difficulty though of finding a suitably able Bronze-classified driver mid-season is a not inconsiderable one.
At Spa this coming weekend therefore, Matthieu and Jean-Baptiste Lahaye will race as a two-man crew in the #29 Oreca and will be classified in the general LMP2 result, not in Pro-Am.
Jean Baptiste Lahaye: “François got injured and may unfortunately not end the season with us. With the time between Le Mans and Spa being too short, we couldn’t find a bronze pilot who met the criteria of the team.
“Out of respect to all involved, and to our team partners, who argue it was unthinkable to abandon the project we have decided to race as a two-man crew this weekend at Spa-Francorchamps. Therefore, we will not score points in the Pro Am championship. The goal will be to have fun and to fight for a top 8 overall.
“However, I want to make it clear that we are still looking for a driver for the ELMS finale which will take place on 24 October in Portimão, Portugal.”
Ultimate’s impressive first season in LMP2 has seen the team score three Pro Am podiums in four races including one victory, won in Barcelona in the opening round of the championship.