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17-Year-Old Dunner Added to Inter Europol Silverstone Lineup

Dunner joins Inter Europol LMP2 squad alongside ex-Audi driver Tambay and team regular Smiechowski…

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Austrian teenager Lukas Dunner has been added to Inter Europol Competition’s LMP2 driver lineup for the next European Le Mans Series round at Silverstone on Aug. 31.

The 17-year-old replaces ex-GP2 racer Dani Clos at the Polish squad for the four-hour race, and will share the No. 34 Ligier JS P217 Gibson with Adrien Tambay and Jakub Smiechowski.

Former Audi DTM regular Tambay joined Inter Europol for his LMP2 debut in the previous round at Barcelona, filling in for the injured Leo Roussel, while Smiechowski is an ever-present this season.

New signing Dunner made the step from karting to cars in 2017, contesting Formula 4 seasons in Spain and the North-European Zone before moving to Euroformula Open.

This year, he has contested select rounds of the LMP3-based Ultimate Cup Series and is currently second in the Euroformula Open points.

“We are very happy to welcome Lukas to our team,” said Inter Europol team manager Sascha Fassbender.

“He has already proved his speed in LMP3 at a young age and was the first choice for us. We are happy to have a young talent in our team and will give him the necessary support.

“Last year the Ligier was the dominant car at Silverstone and we want to build on our strong performance in Barcelona. For this, we have the right driver pairing ready with Kuba, Adrien and Lukas.”

Inter Europol currently sits 17th in the LMP2 teams’ standings and was on course for its first top 10 result of the season at Barcelona when an electrical failure occurred.

Its LMP3 pairing of Nigel Moore and Martin Hippe, meanwhile, heads to Silverstone with the class championship lead.

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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