American-flagged outfit DragonSpeed has confirmed that it will be competing at the Le Mans 24 hours next month in the LMP1 class at Le Mans. This comes with the news that Dallara/ BR Engineering is able to provide the team with a replacement BR1 chassis in time for the pre-Le Mans Test Day on 3 June after its first example was badly damaged in qualifying for the 6 Hours of Spa earlier this month.
Team principal Elton Julian confirmed the news today in a video message on Twitter.
The announcment comes after the team’s original BR1 Gibson was heavily damaged in Pietro Fittipaldi’s head-on crash at Eau Rouge/Raidillon which saw the Brazilian driver suffer fractures to both legs.
The car suffered significant further damage due to the measures required to extract Fittipaldi safely. That left the team in a race against time to find a solution to field a car for Round 2 of the FIA WEC Super Season at Le Mans.
The team is now working to attend next Sunday’s Le Mans Test Day with its Gibson-engined car for Henrik Hedman, Ben Hanley and IMSA star Renger van der Zande, with the DragonSpeed crew currently working at Dallara’s Italian factory to assemble their replacement car.