Racing Team Nederland shuffles drivers for Spa WEC

LMP2 squad Racing Team Nederland has called up Job van Uitert to make a second appearance of the FIA World Endurance Championship season in next month's Spa race.

Racing Team Nederland shuffles drivers for Spa WEC

Van Uitert deputised for the absent Nyck de Vries in last September's season-opener at Silverstone and helped the team to its first-ever WEC podium alongside team owner Frits van Eerd and ex-Formula 1 driver Giedo van der Garde.

He was originally scheduled to race again in the Sebring 1000 Miles in March, as de Vries was unable to attend owing to a clash with Formula E's Sanya E-Prix, before both races were cancelled due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

However, with the Spa WEC round being rescheduled for August 15, de Vries will be unavailable for the opening day of practice, which falls on the same day as the sixth and final leg of the Berlin E-Prix Formula E season finale.

As such, van Uitert has been given the call-up for Spa and will again share RTN's Oreca 07 with van Eerd and van der Garde for the Belgian race.

#29 RACING TEAM NEDERLAND - Oreca 07 - Gibson: Frits Van Eerd, Giedo Van Der Garde, Job Van Uitert Qualifying Press Conference, 4 Hours of Silverstone, Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Northamtonshire,England

#29 RACING TEAM NEDERLAND - Oreca 07 - Gibson: Frits Van Eerd, Giedo Van Der Garde, Job Van Uitert Qualifying Press Conference, 4 Hours of Silverstone, Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Northamtonshire,England

Photo by: Paul Foster

“Job would have also done the 1000 Miles of Sebring for us last March, but that race was cancelled," said van Eerd. "Due to the changed FIA WEC calendar, we now had the opportunity to run him at Spa."

De Vries will still contest the final two rounds of the 2019/20 WEC season at Le Mans and Bahrain, despite being named as a Toyota LMP1 reserve driver this week.

“The fact that Nyck has been contracted by Toyota is a wonderful compliment to his performances with Racing Team Nederland," added van Eerd. "I always like to support talent and it is nice to see when that is rewarded. 

If he unexpectedly has to race for Toyota after all, we will of course have a suitable replacement.”

Van Uitert meanwhile is set to contest Le Mans for rival LMP2 team United Autosports, with which he races in the ELMS.

G-Drive out of Spa race, Eurasia still hopeful

Two additional LMP2 entries had been planned for the Spa WEC race, with G-Drive Racing having outlined plans to enter its Aurus-badged Oreca and Eurasia Motorsport fielding what would be the only Ligier JS P217 in an expanded nine-car field.

However, G-Drive made no mention of the Spa race when it confirmed de Vries as one of its drivers for its 2020 European Le Mans Series assault last week.

#26 G-Drive Racing Aurus 01 Gibson: Roman Rusinov, Job Van Uitert, Jean-Eric Vergne

#26 G-Drive Racing Aurus 01 Gibson: Roman Rusinov, Job Van Uitert, Jean-Eric Vergne

Photo by: G-Drive Racing

A spokesperson for the team has confirmed to Motorsport.com it will not race at Spa.

Eurasia meanwhile is believed to still aiming to be on the grid at Spa, but the identity of its pro driver is now unclear as Nick Cassidy will not be able to drive for the team.

The New Zealander had been hoping to make his WEC debut with the team in April, but border restrictions imposed by Japan in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic means he is effectively unable to leave the country and still be able to contest his primary programmes in SUPER GT and Super Formula with Toyota.

Eurasia is now working on finding an alternative driver to slot in alongside Danial Gaunt and Nobuya Yamanaka at the wheel of the Ligier.

shares
comments
Farfus replaces Turner at Aston Martin for final WEC races

Previous article

Farfus replaces Turner at Aston Martin for final WEC races

Next article

Spengler to make Le Mans debut with ByKolles

Spengler to make Le Mans debut with ByKolles
Load comments
Why Toyota's Le Mans victory was not as simple as it looked Prime

Why Toyota's Le Mans victory was not as simple as it looked

Toyota scored its fourth Le Mans 24 Hours victory and a 1-2, with the #7 car of Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez beating the #8. But although it looked straightforward from the outside, Toyota faced serious problem that had to be solved with some quick-thinking and ingenuity.

Le Mans
Aug 24, 2021
What we've learned from the Le Mans 24 Hours so far Prime

What we've learned from the Le Mans 24 Hours so far

The new dawn for the FIA World Endurance Championship has arrived at Le Mans, as Hypercars prepare to duel for victory in the world's oldest endurance race. Motorsport.com picks out the 10 things we have learned in the build up to the race.

Le Mans
Aug 21, 2021
Le Mans 2021: The team-by-team guide Prime

Le Mans 2021: The team-by-team guide

After a two-month delay due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Le Mans 24 Hours is set to get underway with the start of the Hypercar era at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

Le Mans
Aug 21, 2021
Can Toyota's #7 crew break its Le Mans curse? Prime

Can Toyota's #7 crew break its Le Mans curse?

One Toyota, normally with the number 7 on the side, always seems to attract the bad luck in the Le Mans 24 Hours. Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez are hoping for a change in fortune this time around, but face significantly more unknowns than in recent years

Le Mans
Aug 19, 2021
Why Glickenhaus should be taken seriously on its Le Mans bow Prime

Why Glickenhaus should be taken seriously on its Le Mans bow

Many were quick to dismiss Glickenhaus when the boutique American sportscar firm's entry into the top class of the Le Mans 24 Hours was announced. It's all-new LMH racer, powered by an engine built by a rally specialist, goes in as the underdog against Toyota but the mathematical odds suggest that it has more than just a faint hope of success.

Le Mans
Aug 18, 2021
How 1971's benchmark Le Mans team lost with the best car Prime

How 1971's benchmark Le Mans team lost with the best car

The JW Automotive Engineering team won twice at the Le Mans 24 Hours with ageing Fords and was considered the heavy favourite to add more victories to its tally after partnering with Porsche. But despite being armed with the all-conquering 917, this formidable combination was never as successful in real life as on the big screen.

Le Mans
Aug 15, 2021
Why Jose Maria Lopez isn’t motivated by emulating Fangio Prime

Why Jose Maria Lopez isn’t motivated by emulating Fangio

Having twice missed out on Formula 1 and reinvented himself as a touring car driver, Jose Maria Lopez has had a rocky ride to becoming a four-time world champion. One more would put him level with his nation's favourite son, but there's another prize he would value far more than the honour of matching Juan Manuel Fangio's tally.

WEC
Aug 14, 2021
The understated Le Mans legend who has earned a testimonial Prime

The understated Le Mans legend who has earned a testimonial

OPINION: After 24 Le Mans 24 Hours participations, 50-year-old Emmanuel Collard will be absent from the grid this year, stuck at the mercy of his gold driver grading. But, while he's not motivated by breaking start records, the French veteran is determined to return to the field next year.

WEC
Jul 24, 2021