ORECA’s Change Of Plan
Oreca has issued a press release today, revealing a significant change in the team’s plans for 2006 – writes David Legangneux.

Hughes De Chaunac has indicated that the team, with its Saleens, is not yet ready for the Le Mans 24 Hours, and has withdrawn its entry request.

The release points to delays in the programme: the original aim was to start testing in January, but the first car wasn’t received until March 1. Some parts of the car are not "ready" for the 24 Hours and the time needed to receive modified parts was too long.

Soheil Ayari and Stephane Ortelli will drive a Saleen at the Paul Ricard HTTT this coming weekend, to be followed by a race debut at the Spa 1000 Km in May, followed by the balance of the LMS season.

An ALMS race is possible at the end of the season.

The final list of accepted Le Mans entries is expected next week: currently, the line-up includes just one S7R, of the ACEMCO team, which is carrying out an extended test at Sebring today (March 20) and tomorrow.


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