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Former F1 Tester Clos Completes Inter Europol LMP2 Lineup

Inter Europol Competition adds GP2 race winner Dani Clos to its ELMS driving crew…

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Inter Europol Competition has completed its driver lineup for its debut season in the European Le Mans Series LMP2 clas with the signing of ex-Formula 1 test driver Dani Clos.

The 30-year-old Spaniard will make his ELMS debut in the Polish team’s Ligier JS P217 Gibson that he will share with Jakub Smiechowski and Leo Roussel.

Clos was HRT’s test and reserve driver for the 2012 F1 season and also made over 60 starts in GP2, primarily with current ELMS LMP2 squad Racing Engineering.

The upcoming season with Inter Europol will mark his first full-time campaign since his final GP2 outing six years ago, although he did make a couple Blancpain GT World Challenge America SprintX appearances in 2017.

Clos is also set to make his 24 Hours of Le Mans debut with Inter Europol, which gained an automatic invite to the French endurance classic after clinching the 2018-19 Asian Le Mans Series LMP3 title.

“I’m really happy to be part of this team,” said Clos.

“Everything went really well and I’d like to thank the team to make me part of this exciting project. I needed an opportunity like this to show what I can do and they trusted me to include me in their new LMP2 program.”

Team principal Sascha Fassbender added that Inter Europol’s 2019 lineup is hoping to spring “a couple of surprises” in the LMP2 ranks.

“The team is proud to have Dani join our driver lineup for the ELMS,” said Fassbender.

“With Dani, Kuba and Léo, we have put together a strong team, which should be good for a couple of surprises, even if it is our first season in the LMP2. We are looking forward to the kick-off of the season at Paul Ricard.”

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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