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Team Virage

Created in 1998 by Philippe Gautheron under the name G-TEC Sport, our structure gained successes in many singles-seaters series, from the Formula Junior 1.6 and Formula 3 to the Open Telefonica by Nissan – most recently known as World Series by Renault.

In 2011, Gautheron created Virage Academy and was joined by Julien Gerbi in order to assist the drivers’ physical, mental and technical preparation. Among them, Sergio Perez, Vitaly Petrov, Giedo Van der Garde, Rio Haryanto and other 60 drivers enjoyed the Virage Academy services.

In the Winter 2017-2018, Team Virage was born in order to compete with LMP3 in European endurance series such as ELMS, VdeV and Le Mans Cup.

Since 2021, Team Virage has been competiting full time in ELMS, Le Mans Cup and Ultimate Cup Series.

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Our mission

Rob Hodes, an LMP3 driver joining the LMP2 ranks for the first time in 2022, is using his platform to raise awareness for the fight to end human trafficking around the world. Hodes decided to donate his car’s advertising space to the anti-trafficking nonprofit, The Exodus Road. After visiting Thailand several years ago and seeing children and young women on the streets being offered to tourists for sex, Hodes felt deeply disturbed, he said. He eventually connected with The Exodus Road in 2020.

The Exodus Road is a global nonprofit disrupting the darkness of modern-day slavery by partnering with law enforcement to fight human-trafficking crime, equipping communities to protect the vulnerable and empowering survivors as they walk into freedom. Working side-by-side with local staff, NGO partners and law enforcement around the world, The Exodus Road fights to liberate
trafficked individuals, arrest traffickers and provide restorative care for survivors.

Visit the Race to End Human Trafficking page here.

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OUR HISTORY

AS A TEAM
1998-2000
2000-2005
2003
2005
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
2021
2021
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Open Telefonica by Nissan race winners

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Formula 3 and Formula 1.6 race winners

Formula renault

Formula Renault 1.6 Spanish Champion

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A1 World Championship - Team Brazil Engineering department

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Birth of Team Virage LMP3

Navarra Winners

Spanish GT Vice-Champion

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Aston Martin Racing by Virage

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Ultimate Cup LMP3 Champions

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First full ELMS/LMC campaign

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Ultimate Cup LMP3 & GT4 champions

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CAP Racing creation

as preparation center
2008-2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
Vitaly Petrov

Vitaly Petrov (GP2

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Sergio Perez (GP2)

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Charles Pic & Giedo van der Garde (GP2)

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Johnny Cecotto (GP2), Facu Regalia (AutoGP) and Fran Rueda (F4)

Rio Haryanto

Rio Haryanto (GP2), Arthur Pic (WSR) and Nikolay Martsenko (WSR)

Formula BMW Talent Cup

Formula BMW Talent Cup Assistance

OUR TEAM

Philippe GAUTHERON

Team Principal

Philippe Gautheron doesn’t need introduction into the European motor racing world. The French-German enjoys a 30 years experience in motor racing in open-wheels, touring cars, GT and prototypes. Founder and Team Manager of GTEC in Open Telefonica by Nissan and Formula 3, he then took over the technical direction of various GP2, World Series by Renault and A1 GP teams on their way to three world championships. Then, he was also director of Virage Academy, taking care of the formation of a dozen drivers on their way to Formula 1.

Philippe GAUTHERON

Julien GERBI

Team Manager

Julien Gerbi started his career as a single-seater driver in 2003. After seven years competing internationally in Europe, North America and Middle-East, Gerbi joined Virage Group endorsing the driver coach responsibility in the Academy. He then took over the team management of Fragus Motorsport in Formula Renault 2.0 and Porsche, while directing Campos Racing’s preparation and formation center up to 2017.

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OUR DRIVERS

Rob HODES

USA

ELMS - Le Mans Cup

Hodes Rob TRA

Gabriel AUBRY

France

ELMS

Aubry Gabriel TRA

Jazeman Jaafar

Malaysia

ELMS

Jaafar Jazeman TRA

Mathis POULET

France

Le Mans Cup

Poulet Mathis TRA

Alexandre YVON

France

Le Mans Cup

Yvon Alexandre TRA

Ian RODRIGUEZ

Guatemala

Le Mans Cup

Rodriguez Ian TRA

Gillian HENRION

France

Ligier European Series

Henrion Gillian TRA

Sacha LEHMANN

France

ELMS - Le Mans Cup

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Alessandro BRACALENTE

Italy

Ligier European Series

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Viacheslav GUTAK

Russia

Ligier European Series

GUNTAK portrait winner during the Heat 3 of the 2022 Ligier European Series, on the Circuit de la Sarthe, from June 8 to 11, 2022 in Le Mans, France - Photo Thomas Fenetre / DPPI

Frederico PETERS

Portugal
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2022 CALENDARS

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EUROPEAN LE MANS SERIES
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LE CASTELLET
15 – 17 April
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IMOLA
13 – 15 May
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MONZA
01 – 03 July
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BARCELONA
26 – 28 August
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SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS
23 – 25 September
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PORTIMAO
14 – 16 October
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LIGIER EUROPEAN SERIES
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LE CASTELLET
15 – 16 April
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IMOLA
13 – 14 May
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ROAD TO LE MANS
08 – 11 June
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MONZA
01 – 02 July
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SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS
23 – 24 September
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PORTIMAO
14 – 16 October
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MICHELIN LE MANS CUP
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LE CASTELLET
15 – 16 April
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IMOLA
13 – 14 May
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ROAD TO LE MANS
08 – 11 June
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MONZA
01 – 02 July
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SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS
23 – 24 September
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PORTIMAO
14 – 15 October
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LMP2 ORECA 07 – Standard Technical Specification
ENGINE
603 bhp V8 Gibson GK-428 Engine
BRAKES
Ventilated carbon discs
Calipers: 6 monobloc
TRANSMISSION
Xtrac Six-speed sequential with steering wheel-mounted paddles / Pneumatic paddle shift system
SUSPENSION
Double wishbones with pushrod
Adjustable shocks, specifically developed by PKM
SAFETY EQUIPMENT
Six-point harness adapted for HANS system
Safety rubber fuel tank
CHASSIS
Monocoque: Carbon fibre & Honeycomb
Length: 4.745 mm
Width: 1.895 mm
Height: 1.045 mm
Front track: 1.570 mm
Rear track: 1.550 mm
Wheelbase: 3.005 mm
WEIGHT
930 kg
BODYWORK
Carbon / Kevlar light lamination
WHEELS & TYRES
Tyres, according to the teams choice:
FRONT : 30-68/R18
REAR : 31-71/R18
Front rims: 12,5″x18″
Rear rims: 13″x18″
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LMP3 LIGIER JSP3 – Standard Technical Specification
ENGINE
Nissan Nismo VK56 5.5 litre V8 engine, 455bhp
BRAKES
Master cylinder, six-piston calipers 355mm brake discs front and rear
TRANSMISSION
Xtrac six-speed sequential gearbox with aluminium semi-automatic pneumatic paddle shift system
STEERING & SUSPENSION
Double wishbone, pushrod and spring damper combination.
Quick release steering wheel
Three ways latest generation dampers
Adjusted anti-roll bar
ELECTRONICS
Magnetti Marelli ECU and data
XAP steering wheel interface
CHASSIS
Carbon monocoque chassis
Regulation steel roll cage meeting FIA safety standards
Carbon fibre crash structure
High speed air jack system
WEIGHT
900kg (950kg regulatory minimum weight)
FUEL SYSTEM
ATL 100 litres
COCKPIT
Multifunctional steering wheel with integral driver display
Six-point FIA approved safety harness
Adjustable steering column
FIA approved fire extinguisher
WHEELS & TYRES
Magnesium 18” rims
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LIGIER JS P4 – Standard Technical Specification
ENGINE
Ford V6 – 3,7 litres Cyclone mid rear positioned – 385bhp
BRAKES
LMP3 6-piston front and rear calipers
355×32 mm front and rear LMP3 discs
TRANSMISSION
Transverse 6-speed gearbox
Semi-automatic paddle-shift system
ZF centrifugal twin-discs clutch
Pneumatic gearshift system
Hydraulic power-assisted steering
CHASSIS
Carbon monocoque & crashbox HP Composites respecting the LM P3 safety regulations Bodywork carbon HP Composites Length: 4680mm
Width: 1900mm
Wheelbase: 2860mm
WEIGHT
920kg
COCKPIT
Cockpit adapted to all sizes
Carbon seat support
Optimised driver and cockpit ventilation
Headrest compatible with Hans device
WHEELS & TYRES
Aluminium 18”
Front Width: 10”
Rear Width: 11”