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De Vries to Sub for Racing Team Nederland’s Van Uitert at Monza

Nyck de Vries set for first WEC race since Bahrain last season as sub for Job van Uitert…

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Racing Team Nederland has confirmed that Nyck de Vries will return to the No. 29 Oreca 07 Gibson for this weekend’s 6 Hours of Monza after full-season FIA World Endurance Championship driver Job van Uitert recently tested positive for COVID-19.

ABB FIA Formula E World Championship ace de Vries will join Giedo van der Garde and Frits van Eerd in the TDS-run Pro-Am entry for round three of the season.

The Dutchman was a key driver for Racing Team Nederland in 2019-20 and helped the team to achieve its maiden class win at Fuji in 2019.

Van Uitert was sidelined from last weekend’s European Le Mans Series round at Monza after testing positive for COVID-19, first on a lateral flow device and then through a PCR test.

Italy requires a 10-day quarantine from the date of a positive result, meaning van Uitert is unable to take part in this weekend’s WEC race at the Italian Grand Prix venue.

Van Uitert was due to contest the recent ELMS round with United Autosports, which had its No. 32 Oreca withdrawn after its driver’s PCR test news.

Racing Team Nederland also raced at Monza last weekend with its WEC Oreca, in preparation for the world championship’s first competitive visit to Italy.

Van der Garde and team boss van Eerd drove as a pairing and finished 13th in LMP2.

De Vries was absent from his ELMS seat at G-Drive Racing due to his clashing commitments with Mercedes in the New York City ePrix.

Van Uitert, van der Garde and van Eerd are currently second in the WEC’s LMP2 Pro-Am classification behind Realteam Racing’s Esteban Garcia and Norman Nato.

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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