Guillaume Moreau will continue at OAK Racing for third year after the French team confirmed his resigning with them ahead of a 2011 season where the step up from LMP2 to LMP1.
Moreau joined the team in 2009, making his debut at that year's Le Mans 24 Hours, after a career previously highlighted by World Series by Renault campaigns and taking the LMGT1 class category title in the 2008 Le Mans Series.
The 27-year-old scored four class podiums from six races in 2010, including at Le Mans. 2011, however, marks a new challenge for Moreau and the rest of the team as they leave behind LMP2 for the fastest class in ACO regulation racing. OAK will campaign a Pescarolo, with Moreau already helping the development of the car – a role which represents a new facet to his role at the team.
“I am delighted with the confidence that OAK Racing is showing in me for the second season in a row,” said Moreau. “This year has been very positive for me and the team, which has proven many times that it is ready to step up to the premier class, even though there is still lots of work to be done for all of us – the technicians and the drivers.”
“To participate in the car's development programme is a different level of responsibility for me compared with just doing a good job on a race weekend. It is very rewarding and fantastic for me as I love doing this kind of work on a daily basis. I am lucky that I'm involved with OAK Racing at the same time as the design office has been created and as we welcome new engineers and a new technical director. We are going to do excellent work together.”
“His role with us is much more than that of just a driver,” describes OAK's MD FranÃ§ois Sicard. “It's an obvious decision for us to retain him for our LMP1 programme and utilise his talent to help us develop the car. In the recent Dunlop test in Portimao he undertook his duties with flying colours and we are delighted that he has finalised his contract very early, allowing us to prepare for 2011 in the best way possible.”
“We are also assessing our level of involvement in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup and the Le Mans Series next year and are discussing potential co-drivers for Guillaume,” he adds.