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Van Uitert COVID-19 Positive; United Withdraws No. 32 Oreca

United withdraws one of its LMP2 cars after positive COVID-19 test for Job van Uitert…

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United Autosports has withdrawn its No. 32 Oreca 07 Gibson from this weekend’s European Le Mans Series round at Monza following two positive COVID-19 test results for driver Job van Uitert.

Van Uitert returned a positive lateral flow test on Friday and went into isolation while he awaited the results of a follow-up PCR test.

When the Dutch driver’s PCR test came back positive, United withdrew one of its two LMP2 entries for Sunday’s four-hour race.

Van Uitert’s co-drivers Nico Jamin and Manuel Maldonado both tested negative for COVID-19.

“Following Job’s positive test result, we can confirm the No. 32 Oreca 07 will not race at the 4 Hours of Monza,” read a post on United Autosports’ official Twitter account.

“It is unfortunate as both Nico Jamin and Manuel Maldonado have returned negative test results and are both fit and healthy.”

United Autosports’ No. 22 Oreca is set to continue running at Monza with Phil Hanson, Jonathan Aberdein and Tom Gamble sharing the wheel.

The defending champion team’s sidelined No. 32 car took part in a pair of paid testing sessions on Thursday but did not appear in Free Practice the following day.

Jamin, van Uitert and Maldonado finished third in the last race at Paul Ricard and currently sit 10th in the LMP2 standings.

Van Uitert is due to drive for Racing Team Nederland in next weekend’s FIA World Endurance Championship round at Monza.

“I have tested positive for COVID,” van Uitert posted on Instagram.

“Means me and the 32 won’t be racing this weekend. Gutted. I will be self-isolating, with the first priority to recover and come back stronger.”

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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