Endurance racing has a lot in common with open-wheel racing. But it’s totally different.
Nonetheless when two famous sportsmen decide to create an endurance racing team, they turned to Tech1 Racing (T1R) and its racing science.
Olivier Panis, former Formula One driver (Winner of the Monaco Grand Prix in 1996) and Fabien Barthez, former goalkeeper for France (World Champion in 1998 and European Champion in 2000) have launched the Panis Barthez Competition (PBC) endurance team at the end of 2015 to compete in the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) and the mighty 24 hours of Le Mans. To manage the logistic and technical sides of the team they chose to work with Sarah & Simon Abadie and their men who have one of the greatest racing experience in France.
The Panis Barthez Competition project has one clear ambition: help and support young drivers coming from junior racing series to step-up the motorsport ladder and reach the top of endurance racing. Given the strong experience of Tech1 Racing in scouting and developing young drivers the merge between T1R and PBC was obvious. The work of the team paid off right from the start as young french driver Timothé Buret earned the Jean Rondeau prize during the 2016 24 hours of Le Mans, prize awarded to the best young french hope of the competition.
For Panis Barthez Competition, Tech1 Racing provides one technical director, 4 engineers, 10 mechanics splitted on the two cars of the team: a Ligier JSP3 (LMP3) and a Ligier JSP217 (LMP2).
To learn more about the Panis Barthez Competition team, please visit their website and social media: