Larbre Compétition has signed Antoine Lepesqueux for the 2014 Porsche Carrera Cup France.
Lepesqueux, who is a two-time Le Mans 24 Hours karting champion, will drive the Vigeant-based squad’s second Porsche 991 this season alongside reigning champion Gaël Castelli, after winning his third French Endurance Karting Championship last season.
“After enjoying much success in karting, I was willing to tackle a completely new challenge,” said Lepesqueux. “That’s why I decided to switch to sportscar racing. In order to do so, I was keen to find a competitive championship that could open up new perspectives, and Porsche Carrera Cup France seemed ideal.
“I contacted Larbre, a team with a fantastic racing pedigree and a great deal of expertise when it comes to winning. As I embark on a new journey in motorsport, joining Larbre and Jack [Leconte] is an obvious choice. Building on this new partnership, I will look to improve throughout the season and secure a top-three finish in the Rookie category.”
Leconte, Larbre’s Team Manager, said: “Ahead of our Porsche Carrera Cup France return in 2014, Larbre has prepared thoroughly to perform well. After recruiting reigning champion Gaël Castelli, who will defend his title in the A classification, we aimed at entering a second car, this time in the Young Talents Trophy.
“The latter category has proved to be a fantastic training ground for endurance hopefuls, particularly thanks to the Porsche Motorsport International Cup Scholarship. It will come as no surprise that we’re very keen to be a part of it.
“We have always been willing to support young talents and help them reach international blue riband events. That’s why we elected to place our second 991 in the hands of a junior Porsche driver.”
Lepesqueux will get his first taste of the No.7 Porsche 991 at the Porsche Test Day at Paul Ricard on March 18-20.