Panoz adds Davies, Lagorce and Formato to line-up

Panoz has finalised its driver line up for this year's Le Mans 24 Hours on the eve of this weekend's test weekend at the famous French circuit

Panoz adds Davies, Lagorce and Formato to line-up

Its two Panoz LMP 07 prototype cars will be driven by a line-up which includes team regulars David Brabham, Jan Magnussen and Klaus Graf.

Joining Brabham and Magnussen for the classic sportscar endurance event will be Frenchman Franck Lagorce. The 32-year-old former F1 racer is returning to the Panoz fold, having driven the Panoz GTR-1 for the DAMS team in 1997 and 1998.

Driving with Klaus Graf will be another returnee, Briton Jamie Davies, and newcomer Gary Formato. Davies - who raced for Panoz in 1998 at Daytona, Sebring and Le Mans - will replace Gualter Salles, who has cited personal problems in Brazil as the reason for his absence from the squad.

South African Formato, who has previously driven twice at Le Mans, is racing a Kremer-run Lola in this year's FIA Sportscar Championship.

After recent tests in both Spain and the UK, the team is confident that significant progress has been made in the car's development, after a disappointing start to its American Le Mans Series campaign. The works cars were beaten by the older-spec, Westward-run Panoz of Jay Cochran and Peter Boss in the last round at Donington Park, England.

"We threw a lot of stuff at the car and worked hard on finding solutions to try to get the tyres to work a little better on our car," said Brabham.

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