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Racing Team Nederland Steps Up to WEC

Racing Team Nederland steps up to FIA World Endurance Championship with Dallara P217 Gibson…

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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.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. Johannes275

    December 21, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    first non-Oreca LMP2 entry in WEC. Well that’s interesting. But of all entries that could’ve been, it had to be this one. I hear these Dutchmen want to be shit in WEC now, where people see them? Well that’s fine; they do them, I don’t have anything to do with it.

  2. Matt

    December 21, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    I thought a Liger took part in one WEC race?

    • Johannes275

      December 21, 2017 at 9:44 pm

      not officially. It was an invited entry, ineligible to score points. Maybe that’s what I meant by “first non-Oreca WEC entry.”

      • CM902

        December 22, 2017 at 7:44 pm

        I thought Tockwith’s Spa 6h Entry was not Guest entry? Sure it was a one off but I think they were eligible to score points

        They did not, however 🙁

  3. Dave

    December 22, 2017 at 1:14 am

    So much for the critics of WEC , WEC looks to be over subscribed

    • Blaneysellstrashbags@Ring24

      December 22, 2017 at 8:59 am

      Yea folks were saying the series was dying…Looks pretty strong to me

      • Steven

        December 22, 2017 at 7:43 pm

        Only one’s who said it was dying was the DPi fanboys who were trying to get their half-assed manufactures be the premier class in the Endurance racing world.

        • David Chaste

          December 23, 2017 at 1:47 am

          Well so far on paper, IMSA still promises a better show.

          Good luck watching a race every 2 months.

          • Steven

            December 23, 2017 at 8:16 am

            I actually watch almost every IMSA, ELMS, and WEC races, along with the Blancpain GT. ELMS by far had the best show for 2017 in terms of the Prototype racing. IMSA has much better and healthier GT categories but to me, the Prototype class is a farce because they run a combined “open budget” DPi vs. the ACO “spec” LMP2.

            Personally, IMSA should split the top championship to 2 separate categories…DPi and LMP2. They can leave the classes combined if they wish but absolute no LMP2 team has any shot this year anymore with Penske and Joest running teams now, Even Action Express or WTR will be lucky to steal or win this coming year.

  4. GT3 Racer

    December 22, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    I must say, the “Super Season” schedule is mint, classic events like Le Mans and mostly great circuits.

  5. David Chaste

    December 23, 2017 at 5:21 am

    IMSa is still well beyond the FIA WEC. All the GTLM cars and a good 7-10 cars in prototypes have paid drivers.

    Not FIA WEC, not F1, not Indycar boasts 18 to 20 cars where drivers are paid to drive.

    Th FIA WEC is going back to the days when Pescarolo was the only hope against Audi. Actually they’re back to that now. The only true pro class in WEC is GTE Pro. All the privateer LMP1 cars will have someone bringing sponsorship even the very fast guys like Prost, Senna, Aleshin, etc. Those cars will not be there without those guys.

    In contrast 7-10 cars in DPi would be there no matter who was driving. Because they’re paying the drivers and can hire anyone.

    So in top line endurance racing, IMSA is reigning supreme at the moment.

    • Steven

      December 23, 2017 at 8:24 am

      You do know Matt McMurray is a “pay-to-drive” driver for Spirit of Daytona. All GTPRO drivers are paid drivers also. In the WEC in LMP2 there is normally only 1 “pay-to-drive” guy in a car because there needs to be a silver or bronze and they are most likely the one who brings in a sponsorship to the car.

      DPi is a category for manufacturers are do not want to actually pay money to race in a top class but say they are manufacturers. Just look at the Acura, Nissan, and Cadillac’s. There is little to no difference between their “modified” cars and the respected LMP2 chassis they used. All they did was thrown in an engine and transmission and claimed it as their own. A bra, a boomerang, and sharping some of the style lines is not cutting edge. Manufacturers belong in LMP1 if they want to race and the ACO made it clear to them when they kicked them out of LMP2 to make that a “cost capped” class with one spec engine.

      • David Chaste

        December 23, 2017 at 10:06 am

        Bra, or boomerang, it has attracted more manufacturers than the lmp1 rules.

        Imsa has more real pro lineups than WEC. Privateer p1 teams, Gte am, and p2 all have paying drivers. 2/3 of imsa P class is all pro and so is GTLM. If you could read french i would point you over to endurance-info to read Romain Dumas’ perspective. For someone who has seen it all in both series he agrees IMSA is the true top championship at the moment.

        • Steven

          December 23, 2017 at 11:36 am

          DPi actually has not attracted any new manufacturers as of yet. In 2016, GM raced with the DP. HPD, Nissan, and Mazda all had engine packages in LMP2. 2017 with the new rules. The DP was officially dead and the ACO allowed only 1 “spec” engine for LMP2. HPD, Nissan, Mazda, and GM still wanted to play but didn’t want to pay for an LMP1 program so IMSA was the only choice as manufacturers were not allowed in LMP2 anymore.

          I’ll agree with you though that they attracted more because its cheaper to buy an LMP2 chassis and make minor tweaks to the car so its not “identical” and claim it as your own vs. actually having to build a chassis from nothing like LMP1 is. LMP1 costs are far too expensive still for any major manufacture to come in and a lot of that was due to the hybrid systems which needed to be killed or pegged to practical road use.

          LMP2 and GTE-AM are not a pro classes though. They are Pro-AM categories and always have been. That’s were you are getting confused. GTD is technically a Pro-Am category also for IMSA but seems to somehow be more loosely (I still don’t understand how someone like Katherine Legge is considered an silver rated driver).

  6. Hans

    January 2, 2018 at 11:56 am

    Is there truth in the scuttle that Tony Stewart will be the 3rd driver at Le Mans in June?

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