• Launched in 2020, the Richard Mille Racing Team is ready for its third season in the fiercely competitive world of endurance racing.
• For its second campaign in the FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC), the team will rely on a new mixed driver line-up combining ambition, experience and talent.
• Lilou Wadoux, a rising star in motorsport, will be joined by Charles Milesi, reigning champion and 24 Hours of Le Mans winner in the LMP2 category, and eight-time world rally champion Sébastien Ogier.
Since its creation, the Richard Mille Racing Team has shaken up predetermined ideas with an all-female trio challenging for the top positions on the European and then world stage. Always quick to break from convention, the team now begins a new era in its adventure by opting for a mixed driver line-up in the FIA WEC LMP2 category.
«Our initial aim was to call attention to the lack of opportunities for women, says Amanda Mille. It
was important for us to start with an all-female team to make our intentions known, compel people
to think and challenge reputations. We have had two great years with three women who have proven themselves in an LMP2 prototype in ELMS and then WEC. However, all the female drivers say they want more inclusivity by finding their place in mixed teams. Their dream comes true when men want to drive alongside them in the same team, and this is now our case with a trio promising a fulfilling season both from a human and sporting perspective.»
To support her in her debut, Lilou Wadoux will be able to count on the experience of the Signatech team managed by Philippe Sinault, a structure that has won two world titles and three times the 24 Hours of Le Mans in LMP2 in the past six years. She will also be partnering with Charles Milesi, who won three races – including one on the twice around the clock classic – in his first season in the FIA WEC in 2021.
«We have a great challenge ahead of us. As last year, I’m joining a new team with two Endurance ‘rookies’. I am confident that we’ll learn from each other to perform well despite the increasingly high level of the LMP2 category. Lilou has demonstrated a knack to adapt wherever she has been and it is an honour to be teamed up with Sébastien after I met him at the Bahrain rookie test with Toyota. Despite coming from a different discipline, his record is simply astonishing. No one wins eight world titles with three different constructors without having above-average technical feedback. The technical staff also have a lot of experience and we are in a cocoon that will help us improve. I look forward to an extremely rewarding season!», adds the 20 year-old French driver.
A member of the Richard Mille family since 2016, Sébastien Ogier completes the line-up for his Endurance debut after establishing himself as one of the greatest rally drivers in history. Looking for a fresh challenge, the Frenchman joins another form of motorsport in which he has everything to learn, with humility.
The six-round FIA WEC calendar will see the fiery-red #1 Oreca-Gibson car kick off its campaign at Sebring before three events at iconic European circuits with the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 6 Hours of Monza. The team will then head to Japan before the season finale at the 8 Hours of Bahrain.
«We are delighted to continue this exciting adventure with the Richard Mille Racing Team. In all our projects, we have always had a people-oriented approach, and this trio fits perfectly with that spirit. Sébastien expressed his desire to try his hand at endurance racing and he has tremendous experience in a specific area of our sport. He has a demanding nature, a culture of performance, a thirst for learning and humility that inspires us with confidence. He is certainly a future reference driver in endurance racing whose personality makes us want to work with him, just like Lilou, who can take the pressure off with ease and freshness by fully seizing every single opportunity. We want to develop and exploit their potential by taking the time to ramp things up properly. Lastly, Charles joining the team has given us a great vote of confidence and recognition for our work over the last two years. All three have the perfect approach, an excellent mindset and a willingness to work together. For us, this promises to be a rich year in sporting and emotions!», ends Philippe Sinault, Signatech Director and Team Manager.
2022 FIA World Endurance Championship calendar
12-13 March: Prologue – Sebring (United States) 18 March: 1000 Miles of Sebring (United States) 7 May: 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) 8-12 June: 24 Hours of Le Mans (France)
10 July: 6 Hours of Monza (Italy)
11 September: 6 Hours of Fuji (Japan)
11 November: 8 Hours of Bahrain (Bahrain)
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