Alpine retain driver line-up for 2022 WEC campaign

Alpine Elf Team has retained their existing driver line-up for the 2022 WEC season which will be their second year in the Hypercar category.

Drivers Andre Negrao, Matthieu Vaxiviere and Nicolas Lapierre will pilot the #36 Alpine A480 Gibson for a second consecutive season.

The former Rebellion racer was modified to compete in the Hypercar class last year with a power reduction as the most notable change.

During last year’s campaign, they scored a podium finish at all six rounds with highlights including Vaxiviere’s pole position at Portimao and the team’s P3 finish at Le Mans.

Laurent Rossi, CEO of Alpine said in a press statement: “Alpine’s Endurance programme emphasises our commitment and ambitions in motorsport.

“By competing in Formula 1 and Endurance, Alpine is one of the few brands racing in two FIA sanctioned world championships and we will compete against prestigious rivals in FIA WEC again.

“Philippe Sinault’s teams have my confidence, with a proven track record in this sport and numerous successes that have already seen Alpine excel at Le Mans and on the international scene for almost ten years now.

“The challenge will be even greater this season, but I am convinced our team will once again live up to the expectations of Alpine enthusiasts.”

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Philippe Sinault, Alpine Elf Endurance Team Principal added: “As we enter our 10th year with Alpine, it was important for us to rely on the same trio to drive the A480 in the Hypercar category.

“André, Matthieu and Nicolas are really embodying this project.

“They, like us, have done everything to continue our collaboration this year.

“We already managed to find a balanced operation with excellent interpersonal relationships, two key factors for success in endurance.

“They are fuelled with the spirit of our team and this is an ideal situation for a team as it gives us a lot of serenity and a fertile foundation for our next challenges.

“The trust is already established, which will also save us a lot of time.

“At the same time, the off-season was very short, but we worked hard to improve our package.

“With the arrival of new competitors in the category, the technical elements will likely evolve and we have done a huge amount of work to have an even better season than last year.

“We have to be ambitious in the elite category and we are doing our best every day to live up to this prestigious and exciting challenge.”

The 2022 season is set to commence on March 12-13 with the Prologue testing days, followed by the opening 1000 Miles of Sebring race on 18 March.

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