Arthur Pic and Andrea Roda will join Sébastien Loeb Racing for this weekend’s European Le Mans Series race at Le Castellet, it has been confirmed.
Pic, who was the Formul’Academy Euro Series champion in 2008, is currently racing in GP2 this season for Campos Racing after a stint in Formula Renault 3.5, whilst Roda is this year racing in AutoGP for Virtuosi, with the Italian also having experience in Formula Renault 2.0 across the continent, as well as having done some F3 racing in his home country. The duo will be joined by regular Vincent Capillaire for the four hour race.
“I’ve always been interested in endurance racing, which is why racing for the Sébastien Loeb Racing team was an opportunity I couldn’t miss,” said Pic. “I am already familiar with the Paul Ricard circuit, I quite like that track. There’s no better place for me to discover prototype racing, so I am looking forward to being at the start of that race.
“A variety of things interest me: I want to get to know this sort of event and I am curious to see how that’s going to go. It’s always exciting for a driver to discover other disciplines in order to become as complete as possible. I am here to learn and to bring in the experience I have acquired in formula racing. I am confident that we’ll do a good job”
Franck Tiné, Sébastien Loeb Racing’s Sporting Director, commented on the announcement, saying: “For many different reasons, it was the perfect moment for Arthur and Andrea to make their debut in Endurance racing. We are really happy to witness those two young and talented drivers taking their first steps in prototypes.
“Together with Vincent, who will know how to share and pass his experience of both the team and the car onto them, they will form a great line-up. We have high hopes for this home race.
“We fully trust Arthur and Andrea, they will quickly learn and adapt themselves to the LM P2 and will soon become successful drivers in that class too. It is always great to come back to Le Castellet, the team has often shone there. Let us not forget that’s where the Sébastien Loeb Racing took part in its first race and achieved its first podium.”