Swiss Spirit have confirmed who will be leading their debut assault on the Le Mans 24 Hours, with Philipp Peter joining regular Harold Primat and Marcel Fassler in the Courage-Judd LMP1 car.

Although the team placed emphasis on completing an all-Swiss line-up to tackle the French endurance classic, Peter brings immense experience beyond his ideal nationality, having already finished on the podium at Le Mans in 2002, while he is currently competing in the FIA GT Championship for Race Alliance.

Peter actually races under an Austrian banner but has a Swiss dual-nationality thus making the former Sebring winner an ideal choice for the burgeoning team, who caused a stir by taking pole position at the Spa 1000km in only their second ever race and then going on to take second place behind the Pescarolo.

"I am delighted and proud to have been chosen to represent the Italian side of Switzerland in this national challenge for the Le Mans 24 Hours," Peter mused. "I have just spent a few days preparing physically with Marcel and Harold, and it was a great opportunity to get to know each other better, and now I cannot wait to be with them again in Le Mans."

Primat and Fassler were equally pleased to have Peter on board and have targeted a strong finish in the race. "Marcel and I enjoyed a podium finish in Spa which has given a huge boost to all of us in the run up to Le Mans," Primat said. "I am delighted to have Philipp Peter on board for such a big race given his history and previous results here. His experience will be invaluable to us."

"If you want to score a result in endurance racing, you must have a good quick and reliable car for sure but you also need a team of drivers which are complementary and work together," former DTM driver Fassle added. "For this reason, I am very happy that Philipp Peter is joining the team. Philipp knows Le Mans well, is used to endurance racing and the entire team will benefit from his contribution."

 

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