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Speedy Sebah reveals LMS squads.


The Speedy Racing-Team Sebah squad has finalised its driver line-up for this year's Le Mans Series, where it will compete in both the LMP1 and LMP2 categories.

The team which also hopes to attract an invite to the Le Mans 24 Hours, will run an Aston Martin-powered Lola Coupe B08/60 in LMP1, with the #13 machine to be driven by Andrea Belicchi, Marcel Fässler and Nicolas Prost.

Belicchi and Fassler bring vast experience to the squad, with the 32-year old Italian having already made himself at home in the Speedy Sebah camp after driving the team's LMP2 Lola-Judd in 2008. He previously drove the pre-partnership Speedy Racing GT2 Spyker, having transferred to sportscars from a successful single-seater career that produced national F3 titles in 2002 and 2003.

Fässler, meanwhile, lands at Speedy Sebah after driving for the ORECA and Audi teams in 2008. Like Belicchi, the Swiss ace has parlayed a solid single-seater career into a berth in sports and touring cars, and transferred to the long-distance categories after six years in the DTM with Opel. He has driven sports prototypes since 2006 after making the switch to head up the SwissSpirit operation, and has campaigned GT machinery in both the FIA GT and GT Open series, most notably with Phoenix-Carsport's Chevrolet.

Unlike his new team-mates, however, Prost - the 27-year old son of four-time F1 champion Alain - will be making his first serious foray into sportscar racing, having concentrated on single-seaters to this point in his career. A solid season in the Spanish F3 series in 2007 led to graduation to the Euro F3000 championship, where he won the title, in 2008. The Frenchman is not without sportscar experience, though, having finished tenth overall in ORECA's GT1 class Saleen last year.

Backing up the LMP1 effort, Speedy Sebah's LMP2 Lola-Judd will be driven by Xavier Pompidou, Jonny Kane and Benjamin Leuenberger, all of whom bring extensive prototype experience to the squad.

Pompidou, the oldest of the trio at 36, remains with the team after establishing a strong working relationship with Sebah Racing over the past few years. He won the 2005 Le Mans Series drivers' title and was runner-up in the GT2 category in 2007. He won two teams' titles with Sebah in 2004 and 2005, before finishing second in 2007 with Felbermayr-Proton. The Frenchman has also started the Le Mans 24 Hours on seven occasions, claiming second place in the 1998 LMP1 class.

Irishman Kane, meanwhile, also brings a strong sportscar pedigree to the line-up, having converted from open-wheel after winning the British F3 championship in 1997 and testing for the Arrows F1 team in 2001. He was most recently part of the Embassy Racing squad, but drove for Speedy Racing in 2007 - aboard the team's GT2 Spyker - and has, since 2002, driven various prototype and GT cars, including the MG-Lola, Audi R8, TVR, Aston Martin and Ferrari in the course of making five appearances at Le Mans.

Leuenberger, despite being the youngest member of the team at 26, has raced sportscars for several seasons, and was a Speedy Racing driver in the Le Mans Series and Le Mans 24 Hours last year, piloting the GT2 Spyker C8 Laviolette to strong results at both Monza and Spa. The Swiss driver has also raced a wide range of sports prototypes in the ALMS and Grand-Am, as well as GT cars in Europe. He has started at Le Mans 24 Hours three times, taking eighth place with Panoz in the old LMP900 category in 2004.

All drivers will get a first opportunity to test their respective cars at the official Le Mans Series group test at Paul Ricard over 8-9 March.


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