French team OAK Racing today confirmed 2008 Le Mans Series GT1 champions Guillaume Moreau, completing the driving line-up for team's pair of LMP2 Pescarolo-Judds.
Frenchman Moreau, 26, previously raced for Luc Alphand's Corvette squad, before driving in last year's Le Mans 24 Hours for OAK, then powered by Mazda engines.
“OAK Racing and I see things the same way, we have the same mind and spirit,” said Moreau. “I wanted to continue in endurance racing and to build something for the long term and OAK Racing's plans are similar to mine.”
He will join countrymen Matthieu Lahaye and Jacques Nicolet, the latter also the team's president, and Monegasque Richard Hein in a planned two car assault on the European Le Mans Series and a return to Le Mans in June with car numbers 24 and 35.
“I would like to thank all the drivers and the [FranÃ§ois Sicard] Team Manager for continuing to give me their trust,” says Nicolet. “Although it is true to say that the new regulations have helped me by imposing one gentleman driver on each crew!” Richard Hein will be the gentleman driver in the other car.”
“I am delighted that Richard Hein and Matthieu Lahaye will continue to race with us and that Guillaume Moreau joins the team full-time this year. The four of us are going to be the 'driver structure' of the team. We are in accordance with the new regulations and looking good for the season.”
Moreau's first duty with the team was to help shakedown the car at Magny-Cours ahead of travelling to the Portimao circuit for a further test to held develop the Dulop tyres the team will use.
“The first shakedown at Magny-Cours was like a dream,” said Moreau. “The Pescarolo-Judd is a weapon that will allow us to shoot for the top of the classification regularly and challenge for the title. The standard of the LMP2 entry is quite high and this is a great challenge for the team, but we know we have the means to meet our objectives. On paper all the elements are in place for us to achieve great things!”