The Le Mans 24 Hours driver list is filling fast, with most of the seats now filled and subsequently announced. Over the past two days, a pair of regular European Le Mans Series LMP2 teams — High Class Racing and Inter Europol Competition — have revealed their third drivers and completed their line-ups.
High Class Racing brings an experienced hand in Mathias Beche to the race for its debut at Le Mans. The Swiss will partner Anders Fjordbach and Dennis Andersen, who will be making their first Le Mans starts.
Beche joins the team having spent most of the FIA World Endurance Championship 2018/19 ‘Super Season’ competing with Rebellion Racing in the LMP1 class in its No. 3 R-13, scoring two podium finishes and a single overall race win at Silverstone last year.
This year’s Le Mans 24 Hours will be Beche’s seventh behind the wheel. The 2012 ELMS champion won the LMP1 L class back in 2014 and finished third overall last year, both with Rebellion Racing.
“I am delighted to join High Class Racing for the Le Mans 24 Hours, and I would like to thank Rebellion Racing for allowing me to compete with them,” Beche said. “I will bring the experience from my successes in the past and help Anders, Dennis and the team to get the best out of our package.”
The 2019 running of the Le Mans 24 Hours will be High Class Racing’s third race with the ORECA 07 chassis (pictured) after it made the switch from Dallara to the French manufacturer over the offseason.
Polish team Inter Europol, another LMP2 team new to racing at Le Mans, has also completed its driver crew. Englishman Nigel Moore will race alongside 2017 ELMS LMP2 champion Leo Roussel and Le Mans debutant Kuba Smiechowski, who compete in the team’s ELMS Ligier LMP2 full-time.
“I am very excited to join the team for the big race. It will be my third time at Le Mans,” said Moore, who races in one of the team’s Ligier LMP3s in the ELMS. “In 2017 I raced in an LMP2 with the No. 34 and we finished ninth in class and the second-best Ligier. So if we can do this again or even better, it would be great. I am also looking forward to driving with new teammates as that’s always fun. A big thank you to everybody who made this possible.”
The 2019 running of the Le Mans 24 Hours, the 87th edition, will take place on June 15-16.