The works Aston Martin team is set to sit out the 2010 Le Mans Series to focus on its 2011 challenger, with at least one customer team running the current Lola coupe next year.
French team Signature-Plus has announced that it will run at least one of the cars in the LMP1 class of the Le Mans 24 Hours and Le Mans Series next season, driven by Pierre Ragues and Franck Mailleux.
"This is definitely the highlight of my career so far," said Ragues. "To continue with Signature is fantastic, but to have the opportunity to race with Aston Martin is truly wonderful. I am so proud to have been offered this chance and I will do all I can to repay the faith that the team has placed in me."
When Aston Martin Racing's plans for a new car in 2011 were unveiled, AUTOSPORT magazine revealed that marque boss David Richards wanted to concentrate on that project and would consider not running the current car in 2010.
Though AMR is yet to confirm that it will sit out 2010, and could still enter just the Le Mans 24 Hours with the car. AMR won the LMS title this year and finished fourth at Le Mans with Stefan Mucke, Tomas Enge and Jan Charouz.
Signature finished 11th at Le Mans with a Courage-ORECA Judd driven by Ragues, Mailleux and Didier Andre.