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Nissan

Morand Morgan Driver Line-Up Finalised

Mailleux Joins Gachnang For ELMS

Morand Racing feature as a debutant (in this form at least) in the 2013 European Le Mans Series with a Nissan NISMO engined Morgan LM P2.

The team will run the car in public for the first time at next week’s official test at the Paul Ricard circuit (26/27 March) where the already announced Natacha Gachnang will be joined by Frenchman Franck Mailleux.

Gachnang and Mailleux are a talented and experienced driver pairing, the 26-year-old Swiss is probably best known to DSC readers via her exploits aboard Matech Ford GTs whilst Mailleux is, of course well known on these pages as the Le Mans Series LM P1 vice-champion in 2010 and the ILMC LM P2 class title-winner in 2011.

Based in Marly, Switzerland, Morand has raced for the past dozen years in a variety of Series including  V8Star, Champ Car and Formula Lista Junior. In 2010 and 2011 they secured several victories in Formula Le Mans and were the first to homologate a hybrid LM P1 car at the 2011 Le Mans 24 Hours under the Hope Racing Swiss Hi tec banner.
 
Benoit Morand, Team Manager and co-owner of Morand Racing: “The Morand Racing team that Joe Genoud and I have assembled has big ambitions for the 2013 season. From the staff we’ve hired to the choice of drivers and of course our technical partners Onroak, Judd and Dunlop, absolutely everything is in place for us to meet our objectives of producing quality work and obtaining strong results. What’s more, all of this will be done within an enjoyable atmosphere.

“The European Le Mans Series will allow us to test ourselves against professional teams on quality tracks. We are aware that the entry list for this year is very competitive and that increases our motivation to fight for victories and the overall podium at the end of the season. In addition to this, to be the first reserve for the Le Mans 24 Hours, and as such having a genuine chance of competing in this famous race, further motivates the team and all of our partners.”

Jacques Nicolet, Onroak Automotive chairman: “Myself and everyone at Onroak Automotive are delighted that Morand Racing will campaign a Morgan LM P2 in this year’s European Le Mans Series. Since reaching an agreement with Benoit Morand and Joe Genoud we have worked in perfect harmony, with the tests completed together at Motorland Aragon the proof of this. The spirit shared by Morand Racing and Onroak Automotive is excellent and will certainly contribute to a quality season for the Swiss team, just as it will for our constructor department.

“Morand’s current line-up of Natacha Gachnang and Franck Mailleux is one of the best that could have been put in place and I’m sure it will be able to fight at the front. We hope from the bottom of our hearts that the team will be able to make the leap from first reserve to fully-fledged competitors at the Le Mans 24 Hours and thus further increase the number of Morgans entered for the event!”