ORECA Saleen – For French GTs
Hugues de Chaunac’s ORECA announced today that the team will race a Saleen S7R in the 2006 FFSA GT Championship, for Soheil Ayari and Bruno Hernandez – writes Claude Foubert.

Ayari and Hernandez were partners last year at the wheel of the Team ANAVEO Sport SRT Corvette C5-R. The Saleen will be in the white and and blue livery of the sponsors, ANAVEO and SOERMEL, which have followed Ayari and Hernandez in the past.

Soheil Ayari has already raced for ORECA in the Formula 3000 Championship - and at Le Mans, in 1999, with a Chrysler Viper.

“We are delighted with this deal, which results from our will to prove the potential of the Saleen in every series open to GT1 cars, in the international and national championships as well,” commented de Chaunac. “The high level of the GT competition in the Supersérie FFSA makes it a European reference, which fully justifies our decision to race in France rather than in any other European series. At the wheel of a car such as the Saleen, we believe that the Soheil Ayari and Bruno Hernandez pairing will be one of the most consistent and competitive of the field. We rely upon them to show the way to other
teams likely to race the Saleen, as Oreca now deals and services these cars for Europe.”

”I’m pleased to work again with Hugues de Chaunac and his team which I know quite well,” said Soheil Ayari. “I am very glad to rely upon a team which has proven its professionalism and where Bruno and myself will feel at ease. I can’t wait to test the Saleen S7R which has an amazing look and which promises to perform very well.”

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