Stephane Sarrazin gets Starworks World Endurance Championship LMP2 seat
|Monday, February 13th 2012, 13:27 GMT|
Former Peugeot driver Stephane Sarrazin will drive the Starworks team's LMP2 class HPD in the World Endurance Championship this year.
Frenchman Sarrazin was one of several top drivers left without a seat for 2012 when Peugeot suddenly withdrew from sportscar racing last month.
The 37-year-old will share the ARX-03b with Ryan Dalziel and Enzo Potolicchio, who were part of the line-up that took Peter Baron's squad to second place in the Daytona 24 Hours.
"I spent a long time as a factory driver with Peugeot, but they decided to stop two weeks ago and I was lost without a programme," said Sarrazin. "So I was very happy when Peter called me.
"I am sure it is a great opportunity for me with the team and this car. I believe that we can get some very good results. The team had an excellent result in Daytona and that gives me confidence for the season.
"I am also very excited to be doing the World Endurance Championship. It is a very high level. I know nearly all of the tracks. I have competed on them for the past five seasons. We will go forward together. I am looking forward to getting into the car and getting started."
Baron said recruiting a driver with Sarrazin's top-level experience was a huge coup for Starworks.
"The high downforce prototypes are a bit new to us, so it was crucial to get someone with experience of these types of cars and of the tracks that we will be visiting," said Baron.
"It was unfortunate that the Peugeot programme ended the way it did but that created an opportunity for Starworks and it was an easy decision for us once we knew that Stephane was available.
"We were very impressed with him from the very first talks. He was very excited about coming on board and is very motivated about what we are trying to do.
"We are convinced that Ryan, Enzo and Stephane will be one of the strongest and most competitive line-ups in the World Endurance Championship and we are delighted to have got our man."