The last spec Ligier JSP217 chassis in IMSA’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series has been parked in favor of ORECA’s dominant 07 LMP2 model.
AFS/PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports will enter the next round at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca with a new ORECA (shown below) for drivers Gustavo Yacaman and Sebastian Saavedra wearing its red and yellow livery, and with the switch, the California-based team will use the same 07 that has won the last three races in the hands of JDC-Miller/GAINSCO Motorsports and CORE autosport.
Florida’s Performance Tech Motorsports also fields an ORECA 07, giving the French constructor a monopoly among IMSA’s regular P2 entrants.
“I first want to thank the Nicolet and Crawford families and Onroak for their continued support and efforts to help us as a team over the last couple of seasons,” said team co-owner Bobby Oergel. “Max, Jacques and Pierre have been great to work with and we look forward to continuing that relationship with our LMP3 and F4 programs. On the switch of chassis, It’s a tough time of the year to make this change for sure but there’s no time like the present to make the preparations for next year and push hard to finish off 2018 with a good result.”
Sitting last in the standings among P2 Prototype teams that have entered every race, Ray Mathiasen is hopeful the move to ORECA will coincide with a rise in competitiveness.
“This has been an eventful week for the team,” he said. “The separation of the DPi and LMP2 classes in 2019 is something Leslie and I feel was necessary and a very welcome change for the future. And now we have been able to purchase our new equipment from ORECA in time to be able to compete at Laguna Seca, our home track, and at Road Atlanta. This will give us the valuable experience we’ll need to prepare for 2019 giving Bobby and crew the opportunity to once again return to the podium finishes that have escaped us since our move up to the prototype class. We couldn’t be any more enthusiastic about the rest of this season and next year.”