Team Panis Barthez

Panis-Barthez Team

Team Panis Barthez

The French team launched last year by Olivier Panis, winner of the 1996 Monaco F1 Grand Prix and Fabien Barthez, 1998 Football World Champion, is racing in the European Le Mans Series this season. It arrives in the position of outsider in the LM P2 category

Fabien Barthez - #23 Ligier JS P217 driver

Fabien Barthez

Fabien Barthez was born on 28th June 1971 in Lavelanet. He is still the most-titled and considered as one of the best football goalkeeper of the world after a remarkable 17- year-career

Some highlights of his football career :
In club :

- Olympique de Marseille: 1993 UEFA Champions League winner
- AS Monaco: 1997 and 2000 Ligue 1 champion
- Manchester United: 2001 and 2003 Premier League champion

In the national team :
- 1998 World Cup winner
- UEFA European Championship winner 2000

Personal honours :

- 1998 FIFA World Cup All-Star Team
- 1998 FIFA World Cup awards "Yashin" for the best goalkeeper
- 1998 France Football Golden Star of Goalkeepers
- 1998 and 2000 European Goalkeeper of the Year
- 2000 IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper
- Ranked 51st of the Top 100 of the best football players of UEFA European Championship by “L’Equipe” newspaper in 2016.
- French record holder for the number of matches competed in final phase of World cup, ex-aequo with Thierry Henry ( 17 matches)

Fabien started in motorsport in 2008 with the Sofrev-ASP team, managed by Jérome Policand, his « spiritual father » in his new sport discipline. In 2012, he entered the French GT Championship, won his first race on the Navarra circuit and was crowned FFSA French GT champion the following year. In 2014 he had his maiden outing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans finishing ninth in GTE Am. In 2015, he teamed up with Olivier Panis and Eric Debard in the GT Tour, still in Jérôme Policand’s team (Akka-Asp), and won the teams’ title. In 2016, he joined forces with Olivier Panis, Sarah and Simon Abadie and founded the Panis-Barthez Compétition. He rose to a new challenge by entering the LMP2 category in ELMS and at the 24 Hours of le Mans. “ This team was created to share a human adventure with a leitmotiv : to transmit our experience of top level athletes to the youngest and the linked values without forgetting the notion of pleasure. It is the DNA of Panis-Barthez Compétition."


Nathanaël Berthon - #23 Ligier JS P217 driver


Nathanaël Berthon was born on 1st July 1989 in Romagnat and began his career in karting in 2001. In 2008, he moved up to single-seater, taking part in both Formula Renault 2.0 West European Cup and in Eurocup Formule Renault series with Boutsen Energy Racing. The following year, he signed a contract with Epsilon Euskadi team. He won his first race in Eurocup, took also a victory at Spa, was six times on the podium in Formula Renault 2.0 and was crowned French Champion. At the end of 2009, as a reward for his title, he tested a Formula Renault 3.5 with Tech1 Racing. In 2010, he was recruited by Draco Racing and joined the French Circuit FFSA Team at the same time. For his first race in 3.5, he is on the podium in Spain. In Brno, he finished 2nd and won the Magny Cours race.

The following year, he went on in the same championship with ISR Racing team. In November 2011, he tested a Formula 1 car for the first time with HRT Formula One Team and got himself noticed during a GP2 meeting at Abu Dhabi. He raced full time in GP2 Series in 2012 for Racing Engineering team and finished 12th overall. He won his first GP2 Series race in 2013 with Trident Racing team and set the fastest time in Budapest. A lack of budget will not let him complete his season, after Spa-Francorchamps round. Caterham F1 Team hired him in July 2014 as a development driver and in parallel of his GP2 Series program with Venezuela GP Lazarus team. The same year, Nathanaël made his first steps in endurance with Murphy Prototypes ran the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Karun Chandhok and Rodolfo Gonzales but they were forced to retire before the end of the race.

In 2015, he went on in GP2 Series with Venezuela GP Lazarus team and was on the podium at the second race of the season. He also participated to 3 ELMS rounds and entered the 24 Hours of Le Mans, finishing brilliantly 5th in LMP2 category. In mid-October 2015, he signed for Aguri and ran three meetings in Formula E. In 2016, he joined the Greaves Motorsport team in FIA WEC and finished 6th at 24 Hours of Le Mans in LMP2 At the beginning of 2017, for his 1st participation in the Andros Trophy, the man from Auvergne was crowned in the Elite Championship with the Team WRT Racing. "I am really pleased to join the Panis-Barthez Compétition family this year.

It is a real comfort to work under Olivier Panis, Sarah and Simon Abadie’s supervision, with such sporting careers and technical experiences. The presence of Pierre Dieudonné as sporting director for the 24 Hours of Le Mans helps us more to get the best weapons to approach the event. With my team-mates, we are in tune since the beginning of the season in endurance. Fabien brings us his discipline mind and his capacity to federate the team, Timothé proves that he is a great driver race after race with a great rigor on which we can A few weeks later, he was integrated into Panis-Barthez Compétition team and teamed-up with Fabien Barthez and Timothé Buret for the ELMS and the 24 Hours of Le Mans at the steering wheel of the new Ligier JS P217. count. I am approaching my 4th 24 Hours of Le Mans with a very big determination and our new Ligier JS P217 will be our ally, we will do all we can to pass under that chequered flag at the best place !”


Timothé Buret - #23 Ligier JS P217 driver


Timothé Buret was born on 31st May 1995 in Montpellier. Right from the cradle, he was mad about motorsport and spent all his free time doing motocross and riding quads. In 2010 he started kart racing and quickly made a name for himself. In 2013, he accumulated experience in sprint racing and in endurance with over 50 starts in Endurance Series, the VdeV single seater Challenge and Caterham R300. The following year he concentrated on racing CN 2.0 prototypes and filled the runner-up spot in the European Championship.

In 2015, on the advice of David Zollinger, he went to the United States to show off his skills and put on some great performances when he joined the Juncos Racing team in Pro-Mazda, the programme that is a stepping stone to the IndyCar Series. In his first rookie year, he proved that he was in a position to win the championship title right down to the last race. His brilliant performance netted him fifth place with eight podium finishes and a victory on the legendary Indianapolis circuit.

In 2016, he integrated the Panis-Barthez Compétition team and took part in the European Le Mans Series (LMP2) and the 24 Hours of Le Mans with his two teammates, Fabien Barthez and Paul-Loup Chatin. For their first participation at La Sarthe event, they finished 8th in their category. At the end of the race, Timothé received the Jean Rondeau Prize which awards the best young French driver. Encouraged by his improvements all throughout the season and his will to go on with Panis-Barthez Compétition, he convinced the team to continue with him in 2017. "I am really happy to start a new season with Panis-Barthez Compétition with whom I learnt a lot last year. It is the first time I have the opportunity to spend two seasons in a row in the same team. It gives me more confidence with the same will to offer the best of my work.

It is very reassuring to team up with Fabien who shares his experience as a toplevel athlete and Nathanaël who is a driver with much experience and a great mentality. We are very bonded and surrounded by a team in which I have grown up. To live the 24 Hours of Le Mans with it again is an amazing opportunity. For my first participation in 2016, our work was rewarded by a good 8th place at the finish of this mythical race. This year, our ambition is bigger and we will not give up ! "


La Ligier JS P217

Onroak Automotive built a brand new LMP2 chassis, making the most of its experience in the category as well as optimising the new regulation. The manufacturer called its new sportprototype, Ligier JS P217: « JS », in the continuity of the previous cars for Guy Ligier (a reference to Olivier Panis’s career) whose name included the initials of his lost friend, Jo Schlesser, and « P217 », in reference to the LMP2 category and the year 2017.


Chassis : monocoque carbon / HP COMPOSITES
Dimensions : length: 4745 mm - width: 1900 mm - wheelbase: 3010 mm
Weight : 930 kg
Bodywork : carbon / HP COMPOSITES
Suspension : double wishbones, pushrod and torque rods at the front and spring at the rear - 4 ways latest generation of dampers - Axles with automatic security system and high quality wheel nuts
Transmission : Hewland TLS-200 six-speed sequential gearbox with magnesium casing specific to the Ligier JS P217
Engines : GIBSON Technology GK428 V8 – 4 litres – 600hp
Tank : ATL 75 litres
Rims : magnesium, Ø 18’’, front width: 12,5’’, rear width: 13’’
Brakes : master cylinder, 6-piston callipers, front and rear carbon discs: Ø 15’’