Teams being founded and run by drivers, being them in activity or not, aren't quite a recent thing, but there is a recent boom of squads like this in the sportscar scene, and Toyota Gazoo Racing man Stéphane Sarrazin gets in to add in the numbers as Sarrazin Motorsport goes to a huge expansion plan, going first to an Asian Le Mans Series program.
Sarrazin Motorsport was initially founded as a team for rally events, following Stéphane's forays into rallying in recent years, often backed by ORECA, but the initial expansion into the sportscar world goes with a Ligier JS P3 ofr the LMP3 class of the Asian competition, with top-grade squad KCMG offering the support for the program.
According to Sarrazin himself, the program is intended to give a proper platform to endurance racing for gentleman drivers and young talents wanting to commit to this style of racing. Eventually the LMP3 effort is expected to expand to the LMP2 class and also move from the Asian LMS to the European Le Mans Series. Due to his commitments with Toyota in FIA WEC and Techeetah in Formula E and the intended development nature of the team, Sarrazin will not be involved as a driver.
Curiously Sarrazin Motorsport's initial destination saw the birth of DC Racing some years ago, owned by David Cheng and Jackie Chan, which since then jumped from the LMP3 to the LMP2 class and recently won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the class. Also, Sarrazin was part of the sportscar arm of Sebastién Loeb Racing in the European Le Mans Series in 2012 for a brief time.
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