Full Speed Racing has announced plans to run a two-car team in the FIA GT Championship in 2009.
The team has already announced plans to compete in the Le Mans Series and – entry permitting – in the Le Mans 24 Hours with a team led by American racer Emerson Newton-John but will now also turn its attention to the FIA series.
Belgian driver Stephane Lemeret is the first person to sign up for the FIA GT programme and the 36-year-old said he was delighted to secure a full-season in the series.
“I'm delighted to finally get the chance to race full-time in the top category of the FIA GT Championship,” he said. “I have worked with Graham [Nash – team principal] before and he is someone I have a lot of respect for.
“I got in touch as soon as I found out that he was back in international sportscar racing and I'm thrilled that everything is now signed. I raced the Saleen in 2005 and I loved driving the car, so I can't wait for the season to start at Silverstone in May.”
Lemeret's 2009 co-driver has yet to be decided and while the team are still looking for one driver for their second entry, they are close to announcing a deal for one seat with a respected German professional.
“We're thrilled to have Stephane on board and to be adding a full two-car FIA GT Championship programme to our Le Mans Series and, subject to invitation, Le Mans 24 Hours campaigns,” Nash said. “We're still interested in speaking to drivers to complete our line-up, but 2009 is already shaping up to be a very exciting season for the team.”