Van der Zande confirmed at Vector Sport for Fuji – Sportscar365


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Renger van der Zande has been drafted into Vector Sport’s LMP2 driver line-up as Nico Mueller’s replacement for the 6 Hours of Fuji, joining his IMSA co-driver Sebastien Bourdais for the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship race.

The two-time Rolex 24 winner at Daytona will replace Vector Sport regular Mueller, who misses the fifth round of the WEC season due to a date conflict with the DTM round at Spa where the Swiss driver will drive a Team Audi R8 Rosberg. LMS GT3 Evo II.

Van der Zande will share Vector Sport’s #10 Gibson Oreca 07 with Bourdais and Ryan Cullen at the September 9-11 event in Japan.

Bourdais and van der Zande have won three IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship DPi races together this year, driving for Cadillac Chip Ganassi Racing.

Fuji will mark van der Zande’s first WEC LMP2 outing since the final round of last season when he was driving full-time for Inter Europol Competition.

The Dutchman also contested the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the GTE-Am Ferrari JMW Motorsport team.

“I’m really looking forward to racing at Fuji Speedway, a circuit I tested at with Super Formula but never had the chance to race at due to the pandemic in recent years,” van said. der Zande.

“I have great memories of it and can’t wait to be in Japan with Vector Sport.

“By working with Seb this year, we have developed a very good partnership. It’s very detailed with setup and I’m a bit more plug and play, let’s say, so hopefully it’ll be easy to jump into the Vector LMP2.

“The Oreca is a proven car, the best of the LMP2s, and I find it very pleasant and easy to drive. Seb and I are aligned on how we like the setup, and I hear Ryan thinks the same way, so I can’t wait.

Vector Sport’s roster adjustment for Fuji marks the British team’s second driver change in its maiden WEC campaign.

Mike Rockenfeller came on board for the season opener 1000 Miles of Sebring to replace Bourdais, who prioritized his DPi training with Ganassi in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring which took place the same weekend.

Vector Sport grabbed their first podium last time out at Monza where Bourdais, Mueller and Cullen finished third.

Explaining Fuji’s line-up adjustment, team principal Gary Holland said: “We knew from the start of the season that Fuji would come up against a DTM round, and our agreement with Nico was still under contract. understood that the DTM would be his priority in case of clashes.

“We are very grateful to Cadillac Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing for releasing Renger to be with us for this round – a perfect replacement.

“We are confident that he will fit perfectly at Vector Sport, particularly given his current close working relationship with Seb, as well as his knowledge of the track and the Oreca 07.

The replacements for the three drivers affected by the WEC-DTM clash have now been confirmed.

Audi Sport factory driver Dries Vanthoor will replace Rene Rast in the WRT team’s No.31 Oreca, while Davide Rigon will replace AF Corse’s Nick Cassidy in GTE-Am.

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.


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