Racing Team Nederland will make the step up to the FIA World Endurance Championship next season, becoming the first Dutch team to take on the globe-trotting sports car series.
The Fits van Eerd-owned operation has confirmed plans to enter its Dallara P217 Gibson, with the Bronze-rated Dutchman so far the only confirmed driver.
It will mark the first full-season entry for the Italian constructor in the championship, with LMP2 having featured all-Oreca 07 Gibsons in the first year of the new-spec prototype formula.
The team took part in the European Le Mans Series this year with Jan Lammers and van Eerd, the owner of the Jumbo Supermarkets chain, and were joined by ex-Formula One star Rubens Barrichello joined them at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“I am truly proud that following our debut year we will be making such a significant and ambitious step,” van Eerd said.
“With our participation in the FIA World Endurance Championship, The Netherlands will be represented at the highest level of sports car racing.”
Further details on the team’s 2018/19 program will be released in the coming weeks.