Hanley lands G-Drive WEC seat for Nurburgring

Ben Hanley will substitute for Alex Lynn at the G-Drive LMP2 squad in the Nurburgring round of the FIA World Endurance Championship, it has been confirmed.

Hanley lands G-Drive WEC seat for Nurburgring
#26 G-Drive Racing Oreca 07 Gibson: Roman Rusinov, Pierre Thiriet, Alex Lynn
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#26 G-Drive Racing Oreca 07 Gibson: Roman Rusinov, Pierre Thiriet, Alex Lynn
#13 Vaillante Rebellion Racing Oreca 07 Gibson: Mathias Beche, David Heinemeier Hansson, Nelson Piquet Jr.
#13 Vaillante Rebellion Racing Oreca 07 Gibson: Mathias Beche, David Heinemeier Hansson, Nelson Piquet Jr.
#7 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid: Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, Stéphane Sarrazin
#4 ByKolles Racing CLM P1/01: Oliver Webb, Dominik Kraihamer, James Rossiter
#97 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage: Darren Turner, Jonathan Adam, Daniel Serra
#71 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE: Davide Rigon, Sam Bird, Miguel Molina

Next month's Nurburgring race will mark Hanley's third different team in three different WEC races, after he stood in for the injured Matthieu Vaxiviere at TDS Racing at Spa and contested the Le Mans 24 Hours for his regular ELMS squad DragonSpeed.

He joins Roman Rusinov and Pierre Thiriet in G-Drive's #26 Oreca 07-Gibson, with Alex Lynn unavailable as he makes his Formula E debut for DS Virgin in New York on the same weekend.

"Ben Hanley proved himself in Spa and he is an excellent choice to substitute for Alex Lynn for one race," Rusinov told Motorsport.com. "We also were talking to Antonio Pizzonia - we would have been happy to see him with us, but unfortunately he had other commitments."

Derani, Albuquerque fill vacant Rebellion seats

The Nurburgring entry list confirms that Pipo Derani and Filipe Albuquerque will join the Rebellion LMP2 team, with Nelson Piquet Jr and Nicolas Prost both on Formula E duties in New York.

Derani, who raced with the Ford GTE squad for the opening three rounds of the year, joins Mathias Beche and David Heinemeier Hansson in the #13 Oreca, while United Autosports ELMS driver Albuquerque lines up alongside Bruno Senna and Julien Canal in the sister #31 car.

Elsewhere, Nicolas Lapierre returns to his regular Signatech Alpine squad after being loaned out to the Toyota LMP1 team for Spa and Le Mans, rejoining Gustavo Menezes and Matt Rao in the #36 Alpine.

Tockwith's Ligier JS P217 bolsters the total LMP2 entry to 11, with Nigel Moore and Philip Hanson set to contest the Nurburgring race as a duo after being joined by Karun Chandhok at Spa and Le Mans.

Just five cars are entered in the LMP1 class as Toyota reverts to its usual two-car set-up, with Jose Maria Lopez returning to the #7 line-up alongside Kamui Kobayashi and Mike Conway.

Marco Bonanomi keeps his place in the ByKolles team alongside Oliver Webb and Dominik Kraihamer after the Italian stepped in the #4 ENSO CLM at Le Mans to replace James Rossiter.

Aston Martin keeps Serra

In the GTE Pro division, Aston Martin has retained Daniel Serra in its Le Mans class-winning #97 line-up alongside Darren Turner and Jonathan Adam, while dropping Richie Stanaway from the #95 squad.

The #97 will therefore be the only car in its class with three drivers, as Ford drops back to just two drivers for both its entries.

Ferrari and Porsche each ran with two drivers per car at Silverstone and Spa, the former having drafted in Risi Competizione regular Toni Vilander to replace New York-bound Sam Bird for the Nurburgring.

As at Silverstone and Spa, 13 cars are entered in the two GTE classes, bringing the total entry for the Nurburgring to 29 cars.

Additional reporting by Yaroslav Zagorets

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