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G-Drive’s ELMS Lineup to Tackle 8H Bahrain

Vergne, Rusinov and van Uitert confirmed in G-Drive entry for Bahrain WEC round…

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The driver lineup for G-Drive Racing’s FIA World Endurance Championship outing in the 8 Hours of Bahrain has been confirmed on the entry list for the race next month.

Two-time Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne, 2015 WEC LMP2 champion Roman Rusinov and 2018 European Le Mans Series LMP3 winner Job van Uitert will co-drive the No. 26 Aurus-badged Oreca 07 Gibson.

This is the same lineup that finished second in this year’s ELMS LMP2 standings and also took part in the Spa and 24 Hours of Le Mans WEC rounds of the 2018-19 season.

Both Vergne and Rusinov are set for their first WEC appearances of the current campaign while van Uitert contested the opening round at Silverstone in September.

Team owner Rusinov told Sportscar365 earlier this year about plans to tackle selected WEC rounds including the Bahrain event and the 6 Hours of Sao Paulo.

G-Drive’s addition to the Bahrain grid, which was confirmed in October, brings the total of LMP2 cars up to nine.

It also means that TDS Racing, which runs G-Drive’s European program, will be operating two cars since it also supports Racing Team Nederland’s Oreca entry.

All expected full-season cars are present on the 31-car entry list for the fourth round of the 2019-20 season, although a couple of driver lineups are to be finalized.

These concern the two-car Team LNT Ginetta LMP1 program and two crew members in the No. 88 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR alongside Thomas Preining.

Elsewhere, Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup race winner Larry ten Voorde will return for a second race aboard the No. 57 Team Project 1 Porsche alongside Ben Keating and Jeroen Bleekemolen.

The Dutchman is substituting for Felipe Fraga, who will be competing in the Stock Car Brasil season finale on the Bahrain weekend.

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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