Christian Olsen will be racing at the world-famous 13.6 km Circuit de la Sarthe this week for a second time, as part of the Michelin Le Mans Cup’s Road To Le Mans races held in support of the Le Mans 24 Hours.
After making his debut at the French circuit last year in the Road To Le Mans, this year he returns as a full-season Le Mans Cup entrant with his new team RLR MSport and a new teammate too.
To this point, he has been sharing the #14 Ligier JS P3 with his dad Tom at the opening rounds of the season at Paul Ricard and Monza, but for this one Olsen will drive with British driver Mark Mayall. 41-year-old Mayall has previous experience racing in the FIA GT series and GT4 European Cup and will make his LMP3 debut as part of this week’s event.
The pair of races this week provides Olsen with a chance to find form after two tough races to start the year. He’ll be up against a huge field though, with 32 of the 50 cars on the entry list making up in the LMP3 class.
Setting up the team’s Ligier JS P3 for the long straights and varying surfaces will be key here, if Olsen and Mayall are to qualify and finish well in this company.
The two qualifying sessions are set to take place on Thursday at 13:00 and 13:35 respectively, followed by the first race later in the day at 17:30. The second sprint race will then be held on Saturday morning in the build-up to the start of the 87th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours at 11:30 local time.