European Le Mans Series Round 3. Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria. July 2018. Image: John Stevens for JellyBaby.Media
IDEC SPORT has announced it will again concentrate on the European Le Mans Series for the 2019 season but with entries for the 24H Series and an application for Le Mans in June. 
 
The team headed by Patrice Lafargue will run two LMP2 prototypes, an Oreca and a Ligier reserved for gentlemen drivers. They will also run a Mercedes AMG GT3 in the 24H Series.
 
The driver line-up in the Oreca remains unchanged: Paul Lafargue, Paul-Loup Chatin and Momo Rojas. “I’m really happy that the three of us can continue. Our trio worked well last year and we built something. We have a real chemistry,” says Paul Lafargue. “I hope we will perform as well as last year, or even better, and that we will look for a good result again at the end of the season. We’re leaving confident!”
 
Paul Larafgue, IDEC SPORT. World Endurance Championship Round 2. Le Mans, France. June 2018. Image: John Stevens for JellyBaby.Media

In the Ligier, Patrice Lafargue and Erik Maris are joined by Stephane Adler, IDEC SPORT driver for the Porsche 991 Cup, who will make his LMP2 debut. “Patrice (Lafargue) has been talking to me about P2 for some time.” said Stéphane Adler. “It took a while for the idea to mature and then I decided. These are machines that make you dream.”

 
“Even though I have done six or seven years of an NC prototype, I am a little apprehensive. But I just come to have fun, we’re here for fun.
 
“I started preparing with LMP3 tests in Barcelona and Portimao. It is a first for me to be in a closed proto, so heavy and with so much power. But it’s very pleasant to drive. And to think that things will go even faster in LMP2… 
 
“We have four days of private testing scheduled at Le Castellet before the start of the season. It’s a great challenge to be in the middle of such a competitive championship. I love it. I love it. »
 
Speaking about the team’s entry request for Le Mans, Paul-Loup Chatin said: “IDEC SPORT was humble when they arrived in ELMS without registering for the Le Mans 24 Hours. They ran a single car in 2017 and achieved a great result. Our performance improved in 2018, still with only one car and I think the ACO can have confidence in IDEC SPORT. I think it should be noticed.” and remember, he set the pole time at Le Mans in the LMP2 class in 2018! 
 
The Automobile Club de l’Ouest will unveil the list of the 60 entries for the 24H of Le Mans 2019 in two stages. The first fifty participants will be announced on Monday February 11th, the remaining ten places and the ten reserves will have to wait until March 1 until the Asian Le Mans Series, which provides guaranteed places for the winners, has completed.