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Racing Team Nederland Commits to Full LMP2 Season in 2022

Dutch-badged, French-run squad planning to run Oreca 07 Gibson LMP2 car in full IMSA season next year…

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Racing Team Nederland is planning to run a full-season IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship program in 2022, with the Dutch squad poised to contest the LMP2 ranks with an Oreca 07 Gibson run by TDS Racing.

The team, which made its WeatherTech Championship in January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, is currently running a full-time FIA World Endurance Championship effort, which according to TDS team principal Xavier Combet, hasn’t been ruled out in addition to the IMSA program.

Bronze-rated Frits van Eerd and fellow Dutchman Giedo van der Garde are understood to be the two likely drivers for the program.

Van Eerd and van der Garde were joined by Job van Uitert and Charles Milesi in the team’s one-off run at Daytona this year, which resulted in a retirement due to gearbox issues.

“TDS Racing has always been drawn to IMSA,” Combet told Endurance-Info. “For us, going with Racing Team Nederland would be the ideal situation.

“It’s perfect for fielding a second car, not necessarily in LMP2. This program makes sense to us.

“Daytona allowed us to discover the championship and to train.”

TDS is planning to continue its presence in Europe next year with at least one WEC entry with Realteam Racing along with other potential programs.

“The ACO-labeled championships are part of TDS Racing’s DNA,” Combet said.

“We have every intention of continuing in these championships in the future, especially in this period of new rules. We have capitalized on the ACO experience with results. We have the legitimacy of bringing TDS Racing to the Le Mans Hypercar [class].”

Article updated to reflect change in wording in original Endurance-Info story

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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