Former F1 driver Tiago Monteiro will replace the injured Lahaye in the Oak Pescarolo LMP1 #15 24 Hours of Le Mans (June 11 and 12).
Aged 34, Tiago Monteiro will share his seat with Guillaume Moreau and Pierre Ragues. The Portuguese driver participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1999, 2000 and 2009.
Matthieu Lahaye is slowly recovering from his injuries after his crash in qualifying for 1000 km of Spa-Francorchamps on May 6. The driver from Rennes left the hôpital de la Pitié-Salpêtriè in Paris, where he was transferred to undergo extensive examination of his vertebrae, hand and knee. Wearing a brace for three months will be sufficient to consolidate his two broken vertebrae. Knee and hand surgery are scheduled for Wednesday.
Francois Sicard, Directeur Général : "Tiago is united in his career both on a sporting level as on a human one. He is a remarkable driver, fast, reliable and a very engaging person, who is in the spirit of endurance. This finish gives a real boost to the team shot which really needed. "
Tiago Monteiro: "Le Mans is a very special race and do with Oak Racing is fantastic! There is not much time to prepare but I'm up to the task. I hope Jacques Nicolet and Francis Sicardl will be proud of me, especially Lahaye, to whom I extend my best wishes for a speedy recovery. "
Photo: PORTIMAO (PORTUGAL), 1000 Km of Algarve, 1st August, 2009. With Bruno Senna, Tiago Monteiro finished third in the national event at the wheel of the Oreca AIM.