European Le Mans Series Round 2, Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Italy. Image: John Stevens for JellyBaby.Media

One month after celebrating its 50th anniversary, Team Duqueine has probably received their most beautiful present by getting an invite for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June. Spirit of Race has withdrawn their entry with the #55 Ferrari of Duncan Cameron in the GTE Am class, so Duqueine will take their place as first reserve team on the list.

No 55 Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GTE. © 2017 JellyBaby.Media for Sportscarglobal.com

Since 2014 the French team has worked its way up in endurance racing up until now with an entry for the most prestigious endurance race in the world. For Le Mans, the #30 LMP2 Gibson powered Oreca 07 will be driven by Pierre Ragues and Nicolas Jamin who will be joined by Romain Dumas. Dumas will be in for his 19th 24 hour race at Le Mans this year.

“Im very happy to join Team Duqueine for my 19th 24 Hours of Le Mans” said Romain Dumas. “We are neighbours in Alès and I know Yann Belhomme very well. The idea to join the team was very pleasing to me. I know Pierre (Ragues), but haven’t had the chance to meet or race with Nicolas (Jamin), but I’ve heard a lot about him already. We have a good package and now have 3 months to work on it for Le Mans. I’ve won it in LMP1 and GT but not yet in LMP2 …

Yann Belhomme, team manager of Duqueine Engineering said: “Racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans has been a dream in my whole professional career since 20 years. It couldn’t be any better with Pierre and Nicolas and Romain who will be joining the team. I’m very excited to have Romain (Dumas) on board; he’s a person I have much respect for and he will bring a load of experience into the team.