Dick Barbour Racing has announced the signing of two-time Sebring 12 Hours winner Eric van de Poele to complete the driver lineup for the team's two-car assault on the LMP-675 Championship in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). The effort will begin at the Donington Park, England round of the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) on April 14 where Van de Poele will co-pilot the #5 Dick Barbour Racing Reynard 01Q/Judd along with fellow Belgian, Didier de Radigués.
Van de Poele and de Radigués will be joined on Dick Barbour's team by Women's Global GT Series star Milka Duno of Venezuela and last year's Le Mans LMP 675 winner John Graham of Canada. The latter pair will co-drive the #57 Dick Barbour Racing Reynard 01Q/Judd.
In making the announcement Dick Barbour expressed his pleasure at adding van de Poele to the team of de Radigués, Duno and Graham. "I've enjoyed working with the world's best sports car and endurance drivers over the years and I've just added another to that list. Eric brings us a special level of talent and experience in the prototype category and we are happy to have him on board and ready to begin working with Reynard and Engine Developments to show everyone what the true potential of the LMP 675 category can be."
Between 1991 and 1993, van de Poele spent three years in Formula One. Soon after, he quickly established himself as one of the best in sportscars. He won back-to-back Sebring races in 1995-96. In 1998, Eric won the LMP1 class at Le Mans and the inaugural Petit Le Mans. In 1999, he co-drove to victory with Mimmo Schiattarella at the April Road Atlanta round of the ALMS.