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De Vries Completes Racing Team Nederland Lineup

McLaren junior signs with Racing Team Nederland for 2018-19 FIA WEC ‘Super Season’…

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McLaren F1 junior Nyck de Vries has been announced as the final driver in Racing Team Nederland’s lineup for the 2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship ‘Super Season’.

The 23-year-old will make his sportscar debut this year, driving the Dutch outfit’s Dallara P217 Gibson with Giedo van der Garde and Frits van Eerd.

He will join the team after Le Mans, replacing 1988 race winner Jan Lammers behind the wheel.

Lammers was previously announced as part of the team’s lineup for Le Mans and the six-hour season-opener at Spa, but was not expected to complete the full season.

De Vries finished seventh in last year’s FIA Formula 2 standings driving for Rapax and Racing Engineering, and was the second highest-placed rookie behind series champion Charles Leclerc.

He is set continue in the championship in 2018 with the Prema Powerteam squad, alongside his LMP2 role.

However, de Vries’ single-seater commitments mean he will miss the official WEC Prologue test on April 6-7, because of a clash with the F2 season opener in Bahrain.

During Thursday’s driver announcement, Racing Team Nederland also revealed an updated color scheme for its Dallara, which is the only such chassis entered into the 2018-19 season.

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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