Alex Brundle will return to LMP2 competition at this year’s Six Hours of Nürburgring, joining G-Drive Racing for the rest of the FIA World Endurance Championship season.
The news was announced on Wednesday, and this comes after G-Drive dropped Nathanael Berthon from its No. 26 Oreca 05 Nissan ahead of Le Mans, with the driver and team reportedly having “parted ways”.
Will Stevens replaced Berthon at the 24 Hours of Le Mans but the ex-Formula 1 driver has full-season commitments with Manor. However, Brundle did serve as the team’s reserve driver for the race this year.
He will join the No. 26 crew starting at next month’s Nürburgring WEC round, teaming up with Roman Rusinov and Rene Rast in the Jota Sport-run G-Drive Oreca.
It’s been a stellar year so far for the 25-year-old, who has won both European Le Mans Series rounds so far with United Autosport’s LMP3 effort.
With this news, he will become one of a handful of drivers competing in both ELMS and WEC, but as there are no direct race clashes this is possible.
“There was a little bit of shuffling driver-wise, and that created an opportunity for a place with the team,” Brundle told Sportscar365.
“I’ve been talking to Jota for a very long time about what can be done in terms of the seat, and it’s a team that I’ve always kept tabs on for obvious reasons.
“They’ve had a great performance in the European Le Mans Series and pretty much everywhere else they’ve competed. They just got in touch and asked whether I’d like to drive the car for the rest of the year.
“It was as simple as that really. Great to be back in the world championship, alongside my commitment with United Autosports which will remain and obviously we’re fighting for the championship there in ELMS.
“I’m sure it is a race-winning lineup, so all the more reason to be excited about getting going.”