The Japanese-Swiss Team SARD-Morand have today confirmed their request to enter two cars into the LMP2 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship.
After two successful seasons in the European Le Mans Series (ELMS), Swiss Benoit Morand steps up to the LMP2 class of the FIA WEC while Japanese team SARD RACING TEAM returns to international championship racing.
The two teams will combine to form SARD-Morand and will run two Morgan EVO SARDs in collaboration with Onroak Automotive. The cars will will feature Onroak’s 2015 technical evolutions and be fitted with a 3.6 litre V8 SARD engine. Both cars will run Dunlop tyres.
“For a young team like us, it is an honour to share our destiny with SARD RACING TEAM.” said Morand. “SARD’s long history demonstrates that this team has always been searching for new challenges while combining a professional spirit with a family environment.”
The driver line up will include Christian Klien (a former Formula 1 and LMP1 factory driver, who raced with Benoit Morand’s team in 2013 and 2014) and Koki Saga from Japan (a Super Formula and Super GT stalwart in his country) driving the #39 car. The third driver will be announced shortly.
Frenchman Pierre Ragues and 2014 ELMS Champion Oliver Webb from the UK will be at the wheel of car #43. The ELMS winning duo will be joined by the winner of the “Race To 24” show for the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the remaining rounds of the 2015 FIA WEC. Speaking at the press launch, Webb added “My goal was to compete in the FIA WEC, to do so with the team I raced with the last two years is even better.”
Their teammate for the Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps races will be the subject of a further announcement shortly.