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Chatin to Miss 4H Monza after Positive COVID-19 Test

ELMS champion Chatin to miss 4H Monza after COVID-19 test comes back positive…

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Reigning European Le Mans Series drivers’ champion Paul-Loup Chatin has tested positive for coronavirus and will miss this weekend’s 4 Hours of Monza as a result.

The driver of the No. 28 IDEC Sport Oreca 07 Gibson produced two positive results from PCR tests conducted at his home in France prior to round four of the ELMS season.

Chatin was due to contest the Monza race with Richard Bradley and Paul Lafargue, but his position will now be taken up by a replacement driver who has yet to be confirmed.

IDEC Sport director and former Peugeot LMP1 driver Nicolas Minassian took part in Thursday morning’s collective test session along with Bradley and Lafargue.

Minassian confirmed that Chatin is not currently experiencing coronavirus symptoms, while an ELMS statement said that the driver was not in contact with any other members of the IDEC Sport team and is now quarantining at home in France.

“After a first positive test, we have now the confirmation that Paul-Loup won’t be able to travel to Monza to race this weekend,” said Minassian.

“He is now under quarantine at his home. He does not have any symptoms and is feeling well. We are looking forward to seeing him back in Portimao.”

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

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