Legge replaces Gatting in re-shuffled Iron Lynx line-up

The GTE-Am #85 Iron Lynx squad has switched around their driver crew by replacing Michelle Gatting with Katherine Legge.

Legge will join teammates Manuela Gostner and Rahel Frey as they will fight for the GTE-Am Drivers’ and Teams’ Trophies against 12 other competitors.

Deborah Mayer, Project Leader at the ‘Iron Dames’, said in a media release:

“In Iron Lynx, they will be surrounded by a group of amazing and very experienced drivers which are sure to help them integrate and develop further within the GT environment.

“We are convinced that they can do a great job and I wish all of our drivers good luck for the season.”

The 40-year-old is set to be the first British woman to race at Le Mans later this August since motoring journalist and broadcaster Amanda Stretton in 2008.

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Legge has yet to debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans but has raced in the last eight 24 Hours of Daytona races starting in the Prototype class in 2014.

Since then, she drove three GTD cars with most of her time in the Acura NSX GT3 from 2017-19 in ties with Michael Shank Racing; her best Daytona 24 result was 2nd in 2018.

Her most recent pursuit in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship was fifth in-class at the 12 Hours of Sebring.

Meanwhile, Gatting finds herself in Iron Lynx’s ELMS campaign partnered with Esmee Hawkey and Rahel Frey.

Last year, she was named as part of the Richard Mille Racing Team in ELMS alongside Sophia Floersch and Tatiana Calderon but sat out the season following a testing incident at Paul Ricard.

The #85 crew will debut into this year’s World Endurance Championship as the second all-female team on the grid along with the Richard Mille Racing Team in the LMP2 category.

The pre-season test (also known as the Prologue) is set to commence on April 26-27 and the opening round at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps will take place on May 1.