In two days from now, the IDEC SPORT team will be lining up at the start of the Le Mans 24-Hour Race for the third time in a row. The French team will be taking part with their Oreca #48, which has the support of their patron of honour, the basketball player, Tony Parker.
The three IDEC SPORT drivers, Paul Lafargue, Paul-Loup Chatin and Memo Rojas have between them taken part twelve times in the Le Mans 24-Hour Race. The team is attempting the vent for the third time. After finishing twelfth in 2017 and getting pole position in 2018, expectations are high.
The first driving sessions are over for the 87th edition of the Le Mans 24-Hour Race and IDEC SPORT set the best time in the trails and the fourth best in the first qualifying session. It was Paul-Loup Chatin (taking part for the fifth time), who enabled #48 to take this place thanks to a lap covered in 3’27’’847.
There are another two two-hour sessions to go to improve on that time this evening from 7 to 9 and from 10 to midnight and they will be attempting to grab the best position.
According to Nicolas Minassian, the team’s head of sport and former Peugeot WEC driver, the car has been set up well: “We checked out some interesting parameters for the racing this weekend. The changes that have been made to the car have been positive. The three drivers were able to get competitive times and have full confidence in the car. That is extremely important for the race.”
Tony Parker, supporter of the IDEC SPORT team
Tomorrow, the cars will not be driven, but it is going to be a busy day, as Tony Parker will spend the whole day on Friday with the IDEC SPORT team. The four times NBA champion will be given a private guided tour of the IDEC pit stop facilities before attending a press conference at 12.15 in the IDEC SPORT unit. For those who cannot attend, the conference will be broadcast live via our social networks.
Later in the day, the former Spurs star will take part in the drivers’ parade alongside Paul Lafargue, Paul-Loup Chatin and Memo Rojas. Number 9 will also be present on Saturday for the start of the race in his role as patron of honour to encourage the IDEC SPORT team.