Oreca (“Organisation, Exploitation, Automobile Competition”) is a road racing team and race car constructor founded by Hugues de Chaunac in 1973. Currently based in the business park of the city of Toulon, France, and conducts testing at the Circuit Paul Ricard, which is a strategic partner. It also organizes the French Championship Grand Touring Cup Porsche Carrera Cup France and the Seat Leon France, and is involved in the single brand of sport prototypes Le Mans Prototype Challenge. Their most common pilots in the 2000s have been mainly French, including Soheil Ayari, Stephane Ortelli, Olivier Panis, Nicolas Lapierre, Loïc Duval and Soheil Ayari.
In the 1970s and 1980s, pilots Oreca twice won the European Formula 2, once the European Formula 3, 11 times the French Formula 3 and seven times the Monaco Grand Prix Formula 3, including several future professionals high level as Jacques Laffite, Alain Prost, Yannick Dalmas, Jean Alesi and Erik Comas. The team was also involved in training others the likes of Thierry Boutsen, Patrick Tambay, Didier Pironi and Yvan Muller.
In the 1990s, he participated officially with BMW in the World Rally Championship and the French Super Touring Championship. In the first, Marc Duez he placed 13th in the Championship and took third place in the Tour de Corse 1990 with François Chatriot. In the second one, he won several titles. He also won absolutely the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1991 with the Mazda 787B Wankel engine. He also contested the International Formula 3000 in 1998 and 1999, where his best performance was a seventh place Soheil Ayari in 1999 with a podium.
Then ran large cars with a Dodge Viper, with which he dominated the GT2 / GTS FIA GT Championship class from 1997-1999, the American Le Mans Series in 1999 and 2000, the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1998, 1999 and 2000 and the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2000. In 2001, Oreca ran with two Chrysler LMP in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but none reached goal. While racing the Viper GTS, Oreca finished fifth and sixth overall in the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2002 with two Dallara SP1 of the main class; also with a Dallara SP1 he came a first and a second race in the Championship FIA Sport Prototypes.
In 2005, Oreca took part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the Audi R8 LMP official, who finished fourth absolute. He ran three dates of the Le Mans Series with the same car, winning over and finished second in the other two, finishing third in the LMP1 championship teams. He also participated in three rounds of the World Touring Car Championship with a Seat Toledo driven by Stephane Ortelli, with a sixth place as best result.
Oreca Saleen S7 competed with the GT1 class for two years. In 2006, he won two class wins in the Le Mans Series and finished third in the GT1 championship teams. In 2007, he finished fifth and ninth in the GT1 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2007, but won four rounds of six on the Le Mans Series, which won the team title and the drivers with Ayari and Ortelli.
In September 2007, Oreca automaker bought the Courage Competition. With the acquired, sport Oreca prototypes built from 2008 to own and customer use. In 2008, he raced in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with two Courage-Oreca LC70 LMP1 class; one came eighth and the other left. He also played all the dates of the Le Mans Series, where he earned a third place as best result against the strong presence of rivals such as Diesel engine. Without them in 2009, Oreca fought on equal terms with Charouz and Pescarolo; He got a win and four podiums, but the absence prevented the title fight. That year opened the Oreca 01; with him also came fifth in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Petit Le Mans.
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