Newly crowned European Le Mans Series champion Leo Roussel will replace Pierre Thiriet at the wheel of the No. 26 G-Drive Racing Oreca 07 Gibson in next weekend’s Six Hours of Shanghai, it has been confirmed.
The 22-year-old Frenchman, who teamed with Memo Rojas for the ELMS LMP2 title in G-Drive’s ELMS entry, will move over to the TDS Racing-run effort for the upcoming FIA World Endurance Championship round in China.
As reported by Sportscar365 on Tuesday, Thiriet has stood down from the Russian-backed program, which had left a vacant seat for a Bronze or Silver-rated driver, required per LMP2 rules in the Pro-Am-enforced class.
Roussel will join Roman Rusinov and Audi DTM ace Nico Mueller, also a new addition to the team, for the Nov. 3-5 event.