COOL Racing / CLX Motorsport plans on entering two Ligier JS P320 in the Michelin Le Mans Cup and has put together a new driver line-up, embarking on the 2023 season with high expectations. Experienced LMP3 drivers Luis Sanjuan and David Droux will be looking to be at the top of the standings, while, for his debut in the championship, Cédric Oltramare will be joined by Adrien Chila who knows the LMP3 class well.
Besides taking part in the Asian Le Mans Series and the European Le Mans Series, COOL Racing / CLX Motorsport has also submitted two entry applications to compete in the Michelin Le Mans Cup, in which the team has taken part every single year since its creation. In 2023, two new duos will take to the track. Indeed Luis Sanjuan and David Droux (winners in Spa last year) will be joining the team, looking to win the title. They are used to be teammates and are particularly familiar with the LMP3 class, having clinched multiple successes before. While Sanjuan is a top bronze driver, Droux has also experience in LMP2 ; he finished at the top of the Pro-Am standings in the 2022 Asian Le Mans Series.
Luis Sanjuan: “The upcoming season promises to be an exciting one and I’m looking forward to racing for COOL Racing. Alexandre Coigny and Nicolas Lapierre have put everything in place for strong performances to be delivered across all aspects and it’s an enticing programme. We raced against each other last year, so we’re aware of each other’s strengths. Just like the team itself, David and I are very motivated. He’s proven how fast he can go.”
David Droux: “I’m really looking forward to this 2023 season! Luis and I make a great duo, so I’m happy to be his teammate again and really glad to embark on this new adventure with COOL Racing. The team has shown good qualities in endurance racing in just two seasons. So we’ve got what it takes to deliver great performances. It won’t be an easy task given how competitive the grid’s going to be, but we know what we want to achieve. It’s also nice to join a Swiss team.”
The second Ligier JS P320 will be entrusted to Cédric Oltramare and Adrien Chila. The two men will first take to the track in February as part of the Asian Le Mans Series, together with Marcos Siebert. While Oltramare will be making his debut in the class, following on two seasons in the Ligier European Series, Chila will bring his LMP3 experience to the table. He will be part of two programmes as he’s lined up in both the Michelin Le Mans Cup and the European Le Mans Series, sharing the wheel with Alex Garcia and Marcos Siebert in the latter.
Team Principal Nicolas Lapierre: “Following on our LMP3 title in the European Le Mans Series, we’re now opening a new chapter with this upcoming season. The duos we’ve put together are perfectly in line with the team’s philosophy, that is to say crews that combine experience, speed and youth. Luis and David are first-class recruits and we’ve got high expectations. This is something we clearly wanted when we devised our programme. With Cédric and Adrien, it’s a different approach. It’s a natural step in Cédric’s career and Adrien has the perfect profile to support him. The idea is to pick up on momentum as the season goes on. That class is really competitive, so we’ll have to deliver flawless performances in order to be at the top. We’ve got a solid base to work from. We’ll be able to rely on a sense of continuity since some of the drivers will be competing with the team as part of different championships; it’s actually the same with our technical staff too.”