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G-Drive Confirms Vergne, Rusinov for 2019 LMP2 Program

Jean-Eric Vergne, Roman Rusinov confirmed at G-Drive Racing next year…

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Reigning ABB FIA Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne will return to G-Drive Racing’s LMP2 driver lineup next year.

The 28-year-old Frenchman, who helped the TDS-run squad clinch the European Le Mans Series teams’ title by winning three out of six races, signed a new contract in Rome this week.

G-Drive confirmed via its Facebook page that Roman Rusinov will again race a full-season program with the team alongside Vergne, while a third driver will be announced at a later date.

The Russian squad tested its Oreca 07 Gibson at Sebring International Raceway recently, with British racer Gary Findlay and European LMP3 champion Job van Uitert both turning laps.

G-Drive is currently evaluating its options for next year, with a return to the ELMS likely along with selected appearances in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Should the team confirm its anticipated ELMS program, Vergne will be presented with two clashes between the Paul Ricard and Monza weekends and the Formula E rounds in Rome and Monaco.

A similar situation forced the former Toro Rosso F1 driver to skip the ELMS opener this year, which meant Rusinov and Andrea Pizzitola won the drivers’ championship as a pair.

The G-Drive trio also took victory in a WEC LMP2 cameo at the 6 Hours of Spa in May and finished first in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, before their No. 26 Oreca was disqualified post-race for using non-compliant refueling equipment.

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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