The British RLR MSport team has signed Christian Stubbe Olsen, Martin Vedel Mortensen and Martin Rich for the upcoming 2019 European Le Mans Series. That brings us another Dane Train in international sportscar racing.
Olsen got his debut in ELMS in 2018 for Ecurie Ecosse/Nielsen, and currently races in the Asian Le Mans Series. He still opted to go for RLR MSport in 2019. He actually had his first LMP3 for the team about a year ago, before he signed for Ecurie Ecosse/Nielsen. Christian has been through a huge development curve throughout the past nine month, and has constantly improved his laptimes. He actually became team leader in the Asian LMS, being paired up with another Bronze rated driver in the car, but was still able to follow a lot of the pro drivers.
Opposite to Olsen, Martin Vedel Mortensen has actually done most of his racing in Denmark. He won the Special Saloon Car championship three years in a row, before switching to the Supertourisme category for one and a half season. He then went on to focus on international racing, doing things like the Italian GT3 Championship in a Lamborghini. He also did an LMP3 test for danish KEO Racing, before getting two tests for RLR MSport at the end of 2018. Those tests made the team sure about signing Mortensen for 2019.
Rich has been driving sportscars on-off since 2006, and had drove several different cars. He had a single start for RLR MSport in 2017 in the Michelin Le Mans Cup, and will now have a shot at a full LMP3 season.
RLR MSport are the defending LMP3 Champions in ELMS. Other than the LMP3 programme with a Ligier JSP3, the team has also aquired an ORECA 07 LMP2 car, which will run parallel programmes in the ELMS, and also participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans – a race that the team won a ticket to, by winning the LMP3 championship. As we wrote earlier this month, Bruno Senna and John Farano will share the car with a third, yet unnamed driver. Who knows if another Dane will show up? Only time will tell.
The European Le Mans Series 2019 starts on 14 April at Paul Ricard in the south of France.