Rally legend Ogier has revealed following this month’s Le Mans 24 Hours that he is unlikely to see the WEC campaign with Signatech -run outfit Richard Mille, even though it was first announced for a full season with the compatriots Charles Milesi and Lilou Wadoux.
Now the team has named a replacement for Ogier for the remaining three races of the season in the form of another French driver, Chatin, starting in the Monza round next month.
Chatin is known for the Signatech team, which was part of its WEC line-up in 2015 and in the latter part of the ’16 season.
Recently, the 30-year-old focused on driving for the IDEC Sport team in the European Le Mans Series, although he made a one-off outing for the TDS-run Racing Team Nederland squad in Monza last year regularly. team. driver Giedo van der Garde tested positive for COVID-19.
“I was thrilled to join the Richard Mille Racing Team,” Chatin said. “It was an incredible opportunity and I was so flattered that they thought I was.
“My target is pretty simple. First and foremost, I want to serve the team and my teammates to reach the highest possible level. I also hope to help them with my LMP2 experience on the three circuits I know.
“It will be awesome to be on the podium at the end of the season with Charles and Lilou, and we will give everything to achieve this. It will also be a great pleasure to start a new chapter with the Signatech team, where I have had a great time with for three years. “
Signatech boss Philippe Sinault added that the team respects Ogier’s decision to end his season in the WEC after just three races.
Regarding Chatin, he said: “Although he will soon be wearing Richard Mille’s colors for the first time, we know Paul-Loup very well.
“His talent and flexibility allowed us to successfully defend our European Le Mans Series title in 2014 and provide a solid foundation for our first FIA World Endurance Championship campaign. [in 2015].
“Paul-Loup has always been fast in the LMP2 category, and we have no doubt about his inclusion. With Charles and Lilou, this new team looks very promising for the second half of the season!”
Ogier, Milesi and Wadoux finished ninth in the LMP2 class at Le Mans, but their best result as a trio came in the previous WEC race at Spa, where they finished eighth.