IMSA LMP2 regular PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports will take part at three events of the Season 9 calendar, including Le Mans, with support from Tech1 Racing.
The same outfit bringing support for the outgoing LMP2 team Panis Racing is now also backing the American outfit for their debut into the FIA WEC.
PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports will field a #24 Oreca 07-Gibson at next week’s Prologue (at Spa), the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans with drivers Patrick Kelly, Simon Trummer and Gabriel Aubry.
Patrick Kelly said: “For over 20 years now I have watched the entirety of the 24 Hours of Le Mans each year.
“I have long dreamed of going to the race as a driver or even a spectator.
“Now, I am going to the race as a driver in the coolest car I’ve ever driven!
“And, I cannot imagine a better way to go than with the team that made winning the IMSA Championship and earning the invitation to Le Mans possible!
“Whatever the outcome, I feel very fortunate for the opportunity!”
Aubry has spent three years in several LMP2 outings, from two FIA WEC seasons and three Le Mans 24 Hours, to the IMSA championship, Asian Le Mans Series and European Le Mans Series.
He added: “It’s a pleasure to be back with PR1 Mathiasen, this time in Europe,” with five races across two IMSA seasons at the team. His highlight being an LMP2 class-victory at the Petit Le Mans.
“We will be supported by another team I know very well such as Tech1 Racing, and we will carry over the great work done in Barcelona last week (at the ELMS 4 Hours of Barcelona).
“Our line-up is strong and our goal is to grab the Pro/Am win in Belgium!”
Team Principals Sarah Abadie, Ray Mathiasen, and Bobby Oergel all spoke in positive spirits as to use the 6 Hours of Spa to prepare for their anticipated Le Mans debut in August.
This time, however, they will be in amongst a far more competitive LMP2 field of 14 cars but race against 4 other entries under the Pro/Am sub-category.