Team SARD-MORAND are embarking on a project where the process of selecting a new race driver is to be shared with a worldwide audience.
In a 12 part online documentary series 24 drivers will fight for a prize like no other – a chance to race at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The team moves up from the ELMS into the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2015 and has already confirmed Christian Klien, Kogi Saga, Pierre Ragues and Oliver Webb as the first four drivers.
Week-by-week the drivers will tackle challenges set by the team principal Benoît Morand. These challenges will test the drivers both physically and mentally. Those who fail will be eliminated, until just one remains to take the seat and drive with Team SARD-Morand at Le Mans.
The 24 drivers have been selected from around the globe including Sam Brabham from the UK, Brandon Newey from the USA, Lukas Moraes of Brazil, Jules Gounon from France and Marvin Dienst Germany. The full driver list is available on the RaceTo24 website.
“I am delighted that we are doing this, many viewers will be surprised at just how difficult the challenge of racing at Le Mans is, and we are certain they will be completely engaged in what will be a very human story” said Morand. “RaceTo24 provides viewers unprecedented access to the drama as it unfolds each week. The personalities, skills and weaknesses of all 24 drivers will emerge on- screen.”
Scheduled to be broadcast while the selection process is still ongoing, RaceTo24 will for the first time, completely open up the public the challenges of selecting a driver for the greatest race in motorsport.
“This is no tacky reality game show.” said series executive producer Sebastian Pot. “We’re working very closely with Team SARD-Morand.
“The 24 candidates from all over the world are already highly-trained professional racing drivers, so we are taking an intelligent approach to this entire process, and how we cover it.”
The RaceTo24 project will also provide access for viewers to vote & comment as they react to the week’s events.
Project leader Cedric Nicole explains further: “This direct access to the drivers will thoroughly connect the emerging stars of motorsport to the world”.
Filming begins in the spring and will feature spectacular locations including The Yas Marina complex in Abu Dhabi and Fuji International Speedway in Japan, taking in the Swiss Alps and Mediterranean beaches all en route to the finale at the Circuit de La Sarthe; the venue for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Join the RaceTo24 and watch the first episode on 26th March 2015 at raceto24.com