Already looking towards the 2013 event Sebastien Loeb Racing will run during the Le Mans test day this weekend, the team using an LMP2 ORECA 03 chassis.
Time in the car will be split between two young drivers as well as the multiple WRC champion – who already has a pair of Le Mans starts with Henri Pescarolo's team. Nicolas Marroc returns to the cockpit following his race of the team at Paul Ricard in the first European Le Mans Series race of the season. He will be joined by Jean-Karl Vernay, the 2010 Indy Lights championship currently racing the French Porsche Carrera Cup for Loeb's team.
“We are preparing for the future, both the team and the drivers,” said team manager
Dominique Heintz. “Nicolas is one of our LMP2 drivers and an obvious choice. Jean-Karl drives with us in Porsche Cup, but it's quickly been made obvious that we wouldn't limit himself to only that championship. He already has experience at Le Mans in prototypes and he did the Test Day last year with Peugeot. We are counting on these young men with whom we would like to go a long way.”
Heintz also hopes that the experience will help the rest of the team acclimatise to the Circuit de la Sarthe with clear intentions of entering the 24 Hours of Le Mans next season.
Heintz said “for the engineers, the mechanics and the rest of the team, it's a perfect occasion to get an idea of the legend that is Le Mans. The environment is so unique, whether it be in terms of the uncommon track to the event's popularity with incredibly passionate fans. We want to get our bearingsâ€¦and we will be able to do so without pressure.”