Job van Uitert has seized one of the most coveted seats in endurance racing for the coming season as the reigning European Le Mans Series LMP3 champion has signed for G-drive Racing. Van Uitert joins Jean-Eric Vergne and Roman Rusinov for both the European Le Mans Series and the 24 hours of Le Mans, meaning that a long-held dream will come true for the 20-year-old Dutchman.
Van Uitert made his sportscar debut in 2018 and proved impressive as he powered his way to the European Le Mans Series LMP3 crown as well as the series’ Rookie of the Year award. Those successes opened the door for a test with reigning LMP2 champions G-Drive Racing. That open audition was successful and had led to Van Uitert joining former Formula 1 driver Jean-Eric Vergne and team owner Roman Rusinov in the black-and-orange GDrive Oreca.
“This is a dream come true, that much is clear”, says Van Uitert after signing with the team. “G-Drive has won the European Le Mans Series three times now as well as taking the FIA WEC crown once. On top of that they are the benchmark at Le Mans so this is without doubt the best place for me to continue my career, a place where I will race for victories.” Van Uitert knows that, because of this, all eyes will be trained on the #26 Oreca 07. “With
Jean-Eric and Roman, the team has a super-solid basis and I will do everything I can to add to that and be successful.”
Team owner and lead driver Roman Rusinov is delighted with the signing of his new teammate: “Job has already
impressed us with his speed and approach to work during the tests. I am sure he will surprise many this year, and our line-up for 2019 will feature be an excellent combination of both experience and youth in our drivers..”
G-Drive Racing will compete in all six races of the European Le Mans Series as it fights to defend its title, as well as the Six hours of Spa-Francorchanps, the penultimate round of the World Endurance Championship and the final test before the 24 hours of Le Mans. An event much bigger than just a race, knows Van Uitert. “Le Mans is the biggest race in the world and besides our hunt for a fourth ELMS-title for the team, Le Mans is firmly in ourcross-hairs. That I can make my debut in this race, with this team, in a such a competitive car is, as said, a dream come true.”
4h Paul Ricard – ELMS (France) – April 14th 2019
6h Spa-Francorchamps – WEC (Belgium) – May 4th 2019
4h Monza – ELMS (Italy) – May 12th 2019
24h Le Mans – WEC (France) – June 15th/16th 2019
4h Barcelona – ELMS (Spain) – July 21st 2019
4h Silverstone – ELMS (England) – August 31st 2019
4h Spa-Francorchamps – ELMS (Belgium) – September 22nd 2019
4h Portimão – ELMS (Portugal) – October 27th 2019
Source. Nelson Valkenburg/Photo. G-Drive Racing/Gary Parravani/David Lord.