Sébastien Ogier was to give news about his career in February. He gets a little ahead and embarks on a new adventure: LMP2 with Team Richard Mille Racing!
The news is official, Sebastien Ogier will participate in all of the 2022 WEC season with Team Richard Mille Racing in the LMP2 category. At 38, the eight-time WRC world champion will travel the globe around the 6 stages that make up the current schedule of the World Endurance Championship. This includes in particular the 24 hours of Le Mans, on June 11 and 12.
The Richard Mille Racing Team is replacing its driver line-up with a new trio combining ambition, experience and talent: eight-time world rally champion @SebOgier, @LWadouxD44, a rising star in motorsport and @Charles_Milesi, reigning champion and 24 Hours of Le Mans. pic.twitter.com/BMWIPvKARP
— Richard Mille (@Richard_Mille) January 31, 2022
The Frenchman is therefore launching a new challenge, which corresponds perfectly to the ideologies of his new team. Usually made up of a 100% female crew, Richard Mille stable sees its line-up completely changed. Next to the Rally legend, Charles Milesi -winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and LMP2 champion in 2021- and Lilou Wadoux -winner in the Alpine Elf Europa Cup-. Philippe Sinault, director of the Signatech team which sports the colors of Richard Mille, is delighted in advance to be able to welcome such a batch of drivers.
“We are delighted to continue this exciting adventure with the Richard Mille Racing Team. In all our projects, we have always had a human-centred approach and this trio responds perfectly to this state of mind. Sébastien had expressed his desire to try his hand at Endurance and he has enormous experience in a particular area of our sport. He has this absolute requirement, a culture of performance, a thirst for learning and a humility that inspires confidence in us. »
It is important to note that this is not the first experience of Sebastien Ogier in discipline. The Gapençais had already taken part in tests last November on the Toyota Hypercar in Bahrain on the Sakhir route. However, the 1000 miles de Sebring will mark its official premiere in the Endurance Championship on March 18:
“I am aware that the challenge is up, but I was looking for a program that motivates me more than the choice of ease. Until now, I was focused on my career in rallying, but it’s been a long time since I got it into my head that endurance racing could be a great challenge. LMP2 is a superb category and the best way for me to reach the highest level of Endurance and to progress in this discipline. I am clearly a novice, but I want to have fun while gauging what is possible and seeing how close I can get to the best. Everybody is enthusiastic. Charles, Lilou and I come from three distinct worlds and it will be interesting to cross our different experiences under the colors of Richard Mille, who has accompanied me for several years. This adventure was able to tempt me, but I am aware that I have a lot of things to discover and experience to accumulate. I’ve always had a good ability to adapt in rallies, so hopefully that’s also the case on the circuits! »
Photo: Twitter Richard Mille
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