Frédéric Sausset gave himself an incredible challenge. Quadruple amputee in 2012 as a result of a necrotizing sepsis, he set himself a goal to enter the 24 Hours of Le Mans at the wheel of a LM P2 sport-prototype in 2016.
This human and technological project rallied the big motorsport authorities, the FIA and the ACO. Many big names from the community lent their support from the start, including Sébastien Loeb, Christophe Tinseau, Dr Wolfgan Ulrich, boss of Audi Sport, the management of AXA France, Michelin, and Total, as well as Jacques Nicolet, president of OAK Racing and Onroak Automotive.
In 2015, surrounded by the OAK Racing team and at the wheel of a Ligier JS 53 EVO adapted to his disability, Frédéric Sausset took his first steps on an endurance circuit in the Endurance Proto Challenge of the V de V Endurance Series. He familiarised himself over the season with driving and managing the race with SRT41 by OAK Racing.
In 2016, Jacques Nicolet provided him with the chassis that won the LM P2 class of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2013, a Morgan LM P2, adapting it to the restrictions of his disability. Still supported by OAK Racing, Frédéric Sausset is given box 56, and by crossing the finish line, he became part of the legends of the Le Mans race.
Jacques Nicolet, President of OAK Racing:
“Although Frédéric Sausset’s project seemed a bit crazy at the start, his passion, enthusiasm and willingness quickly convinced me and I wanted to support him in his effort. He gave us all an extraordinary life lesson. He also gave the team a chance to work in a very particular context. I hope that this challenge will encourage others and will open up motorsport to others with various physical disabilities.”