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    Ogier drops out of Richard Mille WEC squad, Chatin steps in

    Rally legend Ogier revealed following this month’s Le Mans 24 Hours that he was unlikely to see out the WEC marketing campaign with the Signatech-run Richard Mille outfit, regardless of having been initially introduced for a full season alongside compatriots Charles Milesi and Lilou Wadoux.

    Now the group has named a substitute for Ogier for the remaining three races of the season within the type of one other French driver, Chatin, beginning with subsequent month’s Monza spherical.

    Chatin is well-known to the Signatech group, having been part of its WEC line-up in 2015 and the latter a part of the ’16 season.

    Extra not too long ago, the 30-year-old has targeted on driving for the IDEC Sport group within the European Le Mans Collection, though he made a one-off outing for the TDS-run Racing Crew Nederland squad at Monza final 12 months

    “I am ecstatic to be becoming a member of the Richard Mille Racing Crew,” stated Chatin. “It is a unbelievable alternative and I am extraordinarily flattered that they considered me.

    “My goal is kind of easy. In the beginning, I need to serve the group and my teammates to achieve the very best doable stage. I additionally hope to assist them with my LMP2 expertise on three circuits that I do know nicely.

    “It could be superior to be on the rostrum by the tip of the season with Charles and Lilou, and we’ll give it our all to attain this. It is also an actual pleasure to start a brand new chapter with the Signatech group, with whom I’ve already had a good time for 3 years.”

    #1 Richard Mille Racing Team Oreca 07 Gibson LMP2: Sébastien Ogier

    #1 Richard Mille Racing Crew Oreca 07 Gibson LMP2: Sébastien Ogier

    Photograph by: JEP / Motorsport Photographs

    Signatech boss Philippe Sinault added that the group revered Ogier’s determination to finish his WEC season after solely three races.

    Of Chatin, he stated: “Though he’s about to put on the Richard Mille colors for the primary time, we all know Paul-Loup very nicely.

    “His expertise and adaptableness enabled us to efficiently defend our European Le Mans Collection title in 2014 and supply a strong basis for our first FIA World Endurance Championship marketing campaign [in 2015].

    “Paul-Loup has all the time been quick within the LMP2 class, and we’ve got no doubts about his integration. With Charles and Lilou, this new group seems to be very promising for the second half of the season!”  

    Ogier, Milesi and Wadoux completed ninth within the LMP2 class at Le Mans, however their finest outcome as a trio got here within the earlier WEC race at Spa, the place they completed eighth.

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