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Greaves MotorsportGreaves Motorsport has completed a successful programme at the Official Test for the 2014 European Le Mans Series, held over the past two days at the Circuit Paul Ricard. Tom Kimber-Smith posted the second fastest time in the #41 car on day two with a lap time of 1:49.452. This bodes well for the season as traditionally the Le Castellet track is not favourable to the Nissan powered Zytek chassis that is run by the team. Joining Tom in the #41 entry was 2013 Greaves Motorsport driver and former ALMS Champion, Chris Dyson. Third seat in the car was occupied by fellow American, Matt McMurry, who was making his European sportscar debut. Matt also drove the #28 sister car to give him maximum seat time and his performance in both cars reflected his potential. An announcement about his possible future programme with the team will be made in due course.

Also making their first appearance with the team were 2012 Radical Endurance Champions, Tony Wells and James Littlejohn, and the pair turned in a competitive performance over the two days of testing. Assisting them in the #28 Zytek was leading GP2 driver, Jon Lancaster, who helped to set a baseline for the car’s setup.

The team open their 2014 race campaign at Silverstone in two weeks with the first round of the 2014 European Le Mans Series, further details of this will be announced in due course.

Team Manger, Jacob Greaves. “It has been a good couple of days here in France, we came with a programme to get both the drivers and the cars in the best possible shape for what promises to be a very competitive season. Tom’s lap time in the car reflects the progress that we have made over the winter. Add to that strong performances from Chris, James, Matt and Tony and we have reason to be optimistic about the year ahead.”

Kicking off their European pre-season programme, Greaves Motorsport will be at Circuit Paul Ricard for the Official Test of the 2014 European Le Mans Series, Tuesday and Wednesday (1st/2nd April). The team’s 2014 drivers, Tom Kimber-Smith and Chris Dyson will be leading the team’s extensive test programme. They will be joined at the Test in the #41 car by the young American, Matt McMurry, making his European motorsport debut. In the #28 entry will be ex-Radical SR8 Champions, Tony Wells and James Littlejohn, also making their first appearance in the LM P2 class of endurance racing.

A window of opportunity has arisen for a suitably qualified driver to join the team at the test and any interested parties should contact the Team Manager, Jacob Greaves, at either or +44 7817 645 408

In addition to the previously announced programmes at Le Mans and in the European Le Mans Series, the team is considering a further campaign in either the Asian Le Mans Series or the Tudor United SportsCar Championship. Any enquiries should be made to the above contact.

Matt McMurryYoung American driver Matt McMurry stepped into a prototype for the very first time this past weekend at the high speed Road America circuit, and despite his total unfamiliarity with the higher downforce cars and substantially higher top speeds, he finished an impressive 6th and 5th in the two races featuring 22 and 21 entries respectively.

“We were so impressed with Matt and how he methodically built speed. He was fast straight away in practice 1 with the eleventh best time, and by practice 3 was fourth fastest, just a second off the track record,” said Brent O’Neil, director of Performance Tech Racing, which runs teams in the Copper Tires Protoype Lites Championship and The American Le Mans Series.

The Amazing Flameless Candle-sponsored entry experienced a fuel pickup issue throughout qualifying, stunting possibilities and leaving McMurry seventh for the start of race 1. He would start fifth for race 2, based on second best qualifying time or best time from race 1.

“Qualifying was disappointing because we had the speed to be somewhere between third or fifth, and to be in a better position for a podium during the races. In a spec series like this one, qualifying position is critical,” said McMurry. “Even so, it was a good experience to have to fight for race positions and work my way forward. I really enjoyed it and learned a lot.”

The 30-minute race 1 was marred by repeated cautions, offering only about five green flag laps. McMurry was passed by an Antonio Downs during a restart, but managed a re-pass up the hill to turn 6, and then passed another competitor later. He made a valiant late brake try on the final corner for 5thplace. But the inside line didn’t provide grunt for the drag race to the checker, and he finished 6th.

In the longer 45-minute race 2, once McMurry shook the cars attacking from behind, he ran down Daniel Goldberg and Mikhail Goikhberg, reducing a 4-second gap to 0.7 at the finish, and putting on quite a show for what was the best battle on the track at the time.

“Most everybody in this series has 20 or more Protoype Lites races under their belts, not to mention experience in The American Le Mans Series and many other top level leagues. For Matt to come in here, run in a car that has much higher speed and downforce than what he’s used to, and to be an immediate podium contender was nothing short of amazing,” added Jonatan Jorge, driver coach for Performance Tech Racing. “He’s just 15 years old.”

McMurry is also competing in his first season of the Cooper Tires U.S. F2000 Championship powered by Mazda, which is part of the Mazda Road to Indy program. He scored his first top 10 finish in the ultra-competitive open wheel series at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course two weekends ago, amidst a field where the average age of drivers is 18 years old. In 2012, he participated in Formula Skip Barber as a 14-year-old and had eight podiums, again against older competition.

Photo by Richard Prince.

Kyle MarcelliIn light of next year’s debut of the United SportsCar Racing Series, it was a history making weekend as the American Le Mans Series and the Grand Am Series participated at the same venue on the same weekend. The BAR1 Motorsport team had their own reasons to celebrate, a back-to-back visit to the podium in the highly competitive Prototype Challenge class.

The Orion Energy 245 was run on Elkhart Lake’s Road America. It is one of the world’s fastest permanent road racing tracks and a fixture in the sports car racing community. Driver’s relish the circuit’s 4.048 miles of challenging turns, curves, high-speed straights and dramatic elevation changes.

Kyle Marcelli and Chris Cumming drove the No. 8 Evident Capital, MBRP Inc., ORECA Prototype, while Rusty Mitchell and James French shared the driving duties in the No. 7 orange and blue PetroComm ORECA.

Weather throughout the weekend was picture perfect. Unfortunately, all the setup work done early in the week went out the window when rain showers moved in just prior to the start of Sunday’s race. Suddenly the deck was shuffled and left all teams scrambling to make the right call.

Team owner, Brian Alder, shared everyone’s concern given the fact no team had ever run this year’s Continental tires in the rain.

“The rain played a major factor in the race and strategy. It was raining for the first 30 min of the race and this was the first time our drivers have experienced wet conditions on the series mandated Continental tire. We faced a lot of unknowns going into the race.”

“Chris Cumming drove another solid first stint and quickly came to grips with the No. 8 Evident Capital, MBRP Inc., car managing the wet conditions. He handed off a perfect car to Kyle Marcelli at the one-hour mark.”

“Things got interesting as the field was split on fuel and driver strategy. Then we got caught out by the 2nd yellow of the race putting both our cars on the tail end of the lead lap. We desperately needed another yellow for us to catch back up. The yellow came, but it was 10 seconds too late for the No. 7 car leaving us a full lap down.”

“In the No. 8 car we were able to capitalize on the yellow and regain track position. This put Kyle Marcelli and Bruno Junqueira in a head to head battle for the lead. Kyle drove outstanding, cutting Bruno’s lead from seven seconds down to three when the final yellow came out ending the race under caution.”

“The BAR1 crews did an amazing job as always. Both cars had solid pit stops all day.”

“We’re thrilled getting our 2nd podium in a row. It gives us great momentum heading into the final four races of 2013.”

“Finally, I’d just like to say the first race with both Grand Am and ALMS was a huge success. I think fans got to see two great races and I think everyone is excited for 2014.”

Next up for the ALMS will be the Grand Prix of Baltimore on Saturday, Aug. 31. Visit for current and future event information including tickets and area accommodations. Follow the ALMS on Twitter (#ALMS), Facebook and the official YouTube channel.

BAR1 Motorsports is partnered with Evident Capital, MBRP Performance Exhaust Inc., Merchant Services, Ltd., Petro Comm, Slacker Inc., OMP America, and Stefan Johansson Växjö for its second year of full competition in the American Le Mans Series. The team is located in Plain City, Ohio. Team owner, Brian Alder, has been an active and winning crew chief in the American Le Mans Series since its inception. You can find out more about BAR1 at, follow the team on Facebook at or Twitter @bar1motorsports.

The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón is the world`s leading sports car championship and is recognized as the Global Leader in Green Racing. In the tradition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, multiple classes of cars – purpose-built prototypes and production-based Grand Touring automobiles – race on the track at the same time to create compelling race action and constant passing. All cars in the Series compete using one of five approved alternative fuels or energy sources: clean sulfur-free diesel, cellulosic E85 or E10, Isobutanol and electric hybrid technologies. The Series has more automobile marques involved than any other major race series in the world as manufacturers develop relevant technologies on track that transfer directly to the customer showroom. The ALMS competes at North America`s premier road racing tracks and selected temporary street circuits in major urban markets.

Photo by John Thawley.

Archie Hamilton (22, Basingstoke) will race in the Le Mans 24 Hours, 60 years after his grandfather, Duncan Hamilton, won the legendary event. Archie will join the G Drive Racing by Delta-ADR team in an Oreca 03 Nissan.

Archie has raced cars since 2007, working his way up from Formula Ford through to Formula Renault where he became vice-champion in the BARC series, Porsche Carrera Cup and most recently International GT Open in which he finished third in the GTS class in 2012. Archie has varied experience through occasional drives including Le Mans Prototype testing in the USA, driving a Lamborghini in the Dubai 24 Hours and winning the City Challenge in the Porsche Supercup class. 2012 saw him selected as an Academy Driver by the Motorsport Association and being awarded Rising Star status by the British Racing Drivers Club. Archie previously finished on the Le Mans podium in the junior class of the 2010 Porsche Carrera Cup France supporting the main race.

Duncan Hamilton, Archie’s grandfather, contested Le Mans nine times. Most famously he won in 1953 co-driving a works C-Type Jaguar with Tony Rolt.

Archie Hamilton:
“This has been my dream for a long time. While it will be my first attempt it won’t be my last but making my debut in the year of my grandfather’s anniversary makes it very special.

“While every car is different I don’t expect it to be too dissimilar from the prototypes I’ve driven before. It’s amazing to join such a professional team. The team and car are a great combination and I’m really looking forward to the whole Le Mans experience. I’m really pleased to have Paul Thomas as my engineer and Simon Dowson managing the team. From the first time I visited the squad I knew they were the best in LMP2. Alan [Docking] was a big part of my attraction to the squad with all his experience.

“Obviously winning is the goal but so much can happen. To finish in my first year would be brilliant – anything after that would be an amazing bonus. I will do my best to look after the car, drive consistently and work with the team to get the best result possible. I will do everything I can to make my family proud of me for following my grandfather’s driving line.”

Lotus LMP2Lotus Praga LMP2 is pleased to announce its driver line-up for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The legendary race at the Sarthe will celebrate its 90th anniversary this year and is the highlight on the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship calendar.

After its first participation last year, Lotus is fielding two of the new Lotus Praga T128 LMP2 cars. Kevin Weeda, James Rossiter and Christophe Bouchut will be at the wheel of #31. For Weeda it will be the first time to race at the endurance classic. Rossiter was already contesting in 2011, whereas Bouchut counts among the endurance experts and will celebrate his 20th participation at Le Mans this year. The Frenchman even won the 24 Hours race in 1993.

Thomas Holzer, Dominik Kraihamer and Jan Charouz will compete in the sister car #32. All of them already gained experience at the Circuit des 24 Heures at their participations in the previous years.

The legendary endurance classic is one of the greatest racing spectacles in the world and Lotus is proud to have a strong line-up for its second participation at this historical event.

The Lotus Praga T128 LMP2 will have its first appearance at the Circuit des 24 Heures in Le Mans during the official test day on Sunday, 09th June 2013. The race starts on Saturday, 22nd June at 15:00 hours.

OAK RacingThe teams entered in the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship arrived at the Paul Ricard HTTT circuit in the south of France for a 2-day official test session (29-30 March) in view of the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship.

OAK Racing brought along three Morgan-Nissan LM P2s (#24, #35 and #45), all of which are entered for the first three rounds of the World Endurance Championship. Overall, the damp weather provided difficult conditions for the twenty or so cars that turned up, and they did not manage to run through as many options as they would have wished. On the other hand, the weather gave the drivers the opportunity to race in fluctuating conditions before the start of the season with rain, a drying track and finally a dry layout. The sun put in an appearance on the final afternoon and this helped the French team to progress and prepare for the first race of the season. OAK Racing had a trouble-free test with no technical problems which, allied to the Morgan-Nissans’ pace, means that the team is tackling the first round of the championship, the 6 Hours of Silverstone, on April 14 in the best possible conditions.

During the first day Olivier Pla and Alex Brundle in #24 set the second-quickest time in the LM P2 category with a lap of 1m48.828s, only 0.3sec off the #25 Delta-ADR Oreca-Nissan. During the nighttime practice Pla topped the timesheets, although many teams including OAK Racing decided to cut short the session because of fog.

On Saturday morning Brundle set the quickest lap in LM P2 with a 1m48.070s to finish just in front of the #49 Pecom Racing Oreca-Nissan. In the afternoon #35 in the hands of Bertrand Baguette, Martin Plowman and Ricardo Gonzalez went even quicker to clinch the fastest time of the test thanks to a lap of 1m47.398s. That was followed by #24 in second with a 1m47.589s.

Sébastien Philippe, OAK Racing Team Principal: “We’ve had a very productive two days, maybe more so for the drivers than for the team as we were unable to validate as many technical options as we would have liked due to the weather conditions. In #24 Alex and Olivier tested various technical set-ups and they had a good run. In #35 the driver line-up’s learning the ropes and getting to know one another: there’s a good ambience between them and they exchanged a lot of information. I’m pleasantly surprised by #45: Jean-Marc Merlin doesn’t have much experience, but he adapted to the circuit very quickly like Philippe Mondolot who comes from VdeV, and who got to grips with the car in almost no time even if it was his first real outing in the Morgan. The times were pretty good and very consistent so we can look forward to Silverstone in a confident frame of mind.”

Alex Brundle, #24 Morgan-Nissan LM P2: “This test has been a positive one for us. Obviously every time we have been on tyres with representative mileage we have been very close to the pace or the pace, which is fantastic. I feel very at home in the car now thanks to the testing we have done. The sister car appears to be very competitive which is good for our own data and the analysis of the balance and the driving for the two cars. It is nice to get up and running, the car’s livery looks great this year and there is a happy team around us!”

Martin Plowman, #35 Morgan-Nissan LM P2: “It was a good two days’ testing. The conditions were not perfect with the weather changing so much but it is good experience for Silverstone because more than likely it will be bad there too. I do not think we were too focused on the performance of the lap times here. Everybody is doing something different so it is not a true test of speed. I think overall we ended the second day quite happy with the feeling of the car, which is the most important thing and gelling as a team. I am sure Silverstone will be exciting to see where we truly are.”

Jacques Nicolet, #45 Morgan-Nissan LM P2: “We’ve had two very encouraging days’ testing. Our driver line-up gelled very quickly and everybody immediately hit it off! Jean-Marc Merlin and Philippe Mondolot both know how to combine speed, safety and consistency and were on the pace despite the tricky track conditions – rain, cold, fog and sun! Overall, it was a faultless performance and that bodes well for the Le Mans 24 Hours. Personally speaking I got back in the groove and was able to maintain a good rhythm. I felt good in the car and very much at home with the new driver line-up.”

Photo by Philippe Laurenson/DPPI

Lotus teams up with Czech manufacturing company Praga and becomes Lotus Praga LMP2 in the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship.

The team will enter the series with two Lotus Praga T128 LMP2, powered by Praga engines. The whole project was developed jointly by Kodewa, Lotus, Gravity Charouz Racing and Praga, where the legendary Czech company Praga has a big appetite for success in other motorsport discipline. In recent years they have become the leading producer of go karts and besides excellent results in many national and international championships, they clearly demonstrated their position by winning the world champion title in the KZ1 class.

Lotus Praga LMP2 also signs Jan Charouz for FIA World Endurance Championship. The 25 year-old race driver from Prague (CZE) completes the line-up for car #32 and will race alongside German Thomas Holzer and Austrian Dominik Kraihamer.

Between 2010 and 2012, Charouz was official test and reserve driver for Lotus F1 Team. The Czech participated six times in the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans and won the Le Mans Series in 2009 with the Aston Martin LMP1 works team.

Charouz already competed for Lotus in the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship and has proved that he is a talented driver. Together with his team mates in car #32, James Rossiter and Kevin Weeda, he started from LMP2 Pole Position into the 6 Hours of Shanghai.

Lotus bids welcome to Praga and Jan Charouz and is pleased about working with them throughout the whole season.

The 2013 FIA World Championship will be the second season for Lotus in endurance racing. The team will contest with two new Lotus T128 sports cars in the legendary black and gold colours. The squad will contest with a strong line-up, having former Formula One drivers, experienced and talented endurance racers in their own ranks.

The new season starts with the 6 Hours of Silverstone on Sunday, 14th April 2013.

OAK Racing, who are contesting the full 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship with their #24 and #35 Morgan Nissan LM P2s, will enter a third car in the opening three rounds. The #45 machine will be present at this week’s official WEC test at Paul Ricard (29/30 March) where Jacques Nicolet, Jean-Marc Merlin and Philippe Mondolot will all appear behind the wheel.

The strong gentleman driver line-up, which maintains the original ethos of the Le Mans 24 Hours, will see Nicolet and Merlin share the car at Silverstone and Spa before being joined by Mondolot at La Sarthe in June. With an average age of 54 the crew will be counting on their experience and consistency.

This will be OAK Racing President and ‘silver’ grade driver Nicolet’s seventh season of racing sports-prototypes having notched up a class podium at Le Mans and a further five top-threes in LM P2 throughout 2012.

Like Nicolet, Merlin came to sports-prototypes through historic racing, VdeV, Group C and Classic Endurance Racing, among others, before successfully competing in the modern Porsche Cup Asia, VdeV, Dubai and Spa 24 Hour races, and Formula Le Mans. He has been an active racing driver since 2000.

Meanwhile Mondolot might have only begun his competition career in 2004 but the driver from Nantes has already made a big impression by winning three consecutive VdeV Proto Endurance Challenge titles (2009, 2010 and 2011) and finishing as runner-up last season. He has already made a strong start to this year’s campaign after winning last weekend’s season-opening 6 Hours of Catalunya in Barcelona aboard a Norma M20 FC.

Sébastien Philippe, OAK Racing Team Principal: “This represents a very big challenge but also an opportunity for OAK Racing to run a trio of cars in the first three WEC races. For the ‘gentleman Morgan’ the key word is ‘fun’, although the team will manage the car and drivers in the same professional manner as our other two entries. The goal is to always have a good race and score the best possible result. Jean-Marc and Philippe are making their LM P2 debuts and have a lot to learn, but can count on their knowledge of other categories and a big asset in the form of Jacques, whose experience in this class will be invaluable. I’m sure there will be great moments ahead.”

Jean-Marc Merlin, #45 Morgan LM P2: “My passion for the Le Mans 24 Hours began at the age of 14 when a friend invited me to attend the 1978 race with his father François Servanin, a true gentleman driver who contested the event twelve times. My fascination with this race lead me to participate in every edition of the Le Mans Classic, which I won on corrected time in 2006, and over the years I’ve been able to drive some of the event’s most iconic cars. I love the human adventure of racing over 24 hours and have the great pleasure to share the occasion with my team-mates Philippe and Jacques. I cannot wait to fulfil my childhood dream by contributing to a genuine gentlemen driver crew at the 90th anniversary race.”

Philippe Mondolot, #45 Morgan LM P2: “I caught the motorsport bug in my childhood by regularly attending the Le Mans 24 Hours with my father, so this is a dream come true. I began by racing GTs, which seemed more accessible and are beautiful cars, as you can see on the road. But after tasting a prototype it would be difficult to backtrack! LM P2 is the logical conclusion. I can appreciate the great potential of the Morgan and my experience of CN prototypes will help me understand their driving style. However, the difference between going fast and very fast in these machines is a big step that I hope to achieve as successfully as possible.”

Jacques Nicolet, OAK Racing President and driver of the #45 Morgan LM P2: “I am very pleased to be contesting the Le Mans 24 Hours with a crew of gentlemen drivers who are passionate and effective. I also welcome the human experience aspect this adventure will provide alongside my team-mates Jean-Marc and Philippe, whose attitudes I appreciate as much as their driving abilities. We all share the same passion and enjoying ourselves is the main objective, albeit in the spirit of competition and with a desire to score the best possible results.”

The trio of gentleman drivers compliments OAK Racing’s pair of full-time Morgan LM P2 WEC entries that see Olivier Pla (FRA), Alex Brundle (GBR) and David Heinemeier Hansson (DEN) unite in the #24 car, and Bertrand Baguette (BEL), Martin Plowman (GBR) and Ricardo Gonzalez (MEX) sharing the #35. Both crews appear very competitive which, allied to the strong package of Morgan chassis, Nissan engine and Dunlop tyres – for whom OAK Racing has been selected as an official partner team for a fifth consecutive year – should allow them to fight for victory in the coming campaign.

Benoit TreluyerAudi Sport trio Benoît Tréluyer, Marcel Fässler and Oliver Jarvis clinched victory in America’s most celebrated endurance race last weekend (March 16) following an intense final stint at the 12 Hours of Sebring. The Frenchman has thus added another of world motorsport’s most prestigious honours to his CV and helped confirm Audi Sport’s lofty ambitions for the season ahead.

After eleven hours of intense competition the final showdown took place between Benoît and fellow Audi driver Tom Kristensen, who was sharing with Allan McNish and Lucas di Grassi at the American classic. The deciding fight possessed all the suspense of a Hitchcock thriller and was made still more exhilarating by the Ingolstadt firm allowing their cars to race to the finish without team orders.

“Everything was decided during the closing stints when we had to put up a bit of a fight,” the Frenchman explains calmly. “We still had the advantage of a shorter refuelling period however, a bonus of around six seconds, which would have allowed us to win even if Tom had managed to overtake me during the penultimate stint. I took no risks when I re-joined the track and struggled to get my tyres up to temperature. In keeping with the usual approach, Audi did not issue team orders and it was up to us to sort it out on-track. It was a great race, very competitive and close-fought between both Audi cars. Fantastic!”

With significant changes arriving in US-based sportscar racing next year the 2013 event will remain forever engraved in the archives of this iconic American contest. An event rich in history, it has witnessed some of the sport’s finest drivers demonstrating their competitive abilities.

“My team-mates and I had only competed at Sebring once before (2012) and this year was the final chance to enter with an LMP1 car, so the whole team was determined to take victory. With half of the race run we saw that we had a good chance to achieve our goal. When we arrived here, we knew that the 2013-spec R18 e-tron quattro being run by Tom, Allan and Lucas was faster. Unfortunately, our team-mates’ preparations were delayed by an off-track excursion during first practice which cost them quite a lot of time. They were not able to put as much work into set-up as we were and, on top of that, Marcel, (race engineer) Leena Gade and I had the advantage of knowing our 2012-spec R18 e-tron quattro extremely well. We set it up nicely with a good balance to compensate for the lack of performance we had compared with the new car.”

This balance was to serve Fässler well in qualifying as he delivered a brilliant performance to clinch pole and set a new lap record for the Florida circuit.

“Marcel was on fire this weekend! Along with Leena, I really felt he was on the case and that he could take pole. He accepted the challenge and produced a mega time. Allan did two more laps in an effort to beat Marcel, but he couldn’t quite manage it. Olly – who joined us in place of André (Lotterer) – also did a great job. Marcel and I were thinking of our regular team-mate this weekend as we missed him a lot, but André showed what a fantastic team player he is by giving up his seat for Olly to allow him more track time. It was not an easy call for him as this is the last time that we’ll race at Sebring. Olly thanked him in the best way possible, delivering a great performance during the week and a superb night stint which allowed us to get the edge over the sister car and maintain our advantage.”

Benoît’s next competitive outing will be during the season-opening FIA World Endurance Championship round when the Audi Sport team will take on LMP1 class rivals Toyota in the 6 Hours of Silverstone (April 14).

“It’s going to be a very challenging season and we will need to grab every possible victory with both hands,” warns Benoît. “The level of competition should be extremely high as Toyota has worked hard over the winter, so we will have to continue to do the same. The fact that the new R18 e-tron quattro was able to finish the 12 Hours of Sebring during what represented its first real endurance test is very promising. Now we must keep up the development work for the season ahead.”

Having given the 2012 car a winning end to its competitive career, Benoît and his team-mates will next aim to record the new spec machine’s first victory at the Silverstone contest.

“In order to fine tune our preparations, we’re staying in Sebring for a few more days,” concludes the 2012 World Champion, who will then take a detour through Toronto to attend a round of the AMA Supercross series, a sport of which he is a big fan. It will represent a final opportunity for Benoît to catch his breath before the curtain comes up on the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship.