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Thiriet Stands Down from G-Drive

Pierre Thiriet stands down from G-Drive Racing for remainder of FIA World Endurance Championship season…

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G-Drive Racing is set for a further driver shakeup, with Pierre Thiriet to miss the final two rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Endurance-Info has learned that the Frenchman will stand down from driving duties for the six-hour races in Shanghai and Bahrain, leaving the Russian-backed team without a confirmed Silver-rated driver.

The move follows Alex Lynn’s departure from the team last month, in order for the Englishman to focus on his new Formula E race duties with DS Virgin Racing, with James Rossiter having filled in for the Six Hours of Fuji alongside Thiriet and Roman Rusinov in the No. 26 Oreca 07 Gibson.

While Audi DTM ace Nico Mueller is set to join the team for next weekend’s Six Hours of Shanghai, it’s unclear who will take Thiriet’s seat for the two remaining races.

A reason for Thiriet’s departure is not yet been made clear.

The TDS-run operation has had an up-and-down season, with Rusinov, Lynn and Thiriet claiming LMP2 class victory in Spa, but yet to revisit the podium despite three class poles.

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4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. KW

    October 24, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Roman Rusinov is changing teams and drivers very often. Seems to be a difficult character.

  2. Prototype 1

    October 24, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Do you think Pierre Thiriet might chose to go back the TDS Racing in 2018?

    • Johannes275

      October 24, 2017 at 6:05 pm

      He never left TDS Racing. Remember G-Drive isn’t an actual team; it’s just a Russian petroleum firm which sponsors the entries of other teams. In this year’s case, G-Drive sponsored Thiriet’s TDS Team in 2017 in the WEC, and in ELMS they sponsored Elton Julian’s DragonSpeed.

  3. jason

    October 24, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Does this mean the #26 or #28 will be out of the final 2 races?

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