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Van der Zande Completes DragonSpeed LMP1 Lineup

DragonSpeed signs Renger van der Zande as third driver for LMP1 entry…

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Renger van der Zande has been announced as the third and final driver in DragonSpeed’s Gibson-powered BR1 car as the team steps up to LMP1 this season.

The Dutchman will join Henrik Hedman and Ben Hanley for the FIA World Endurance Championship ‘Super Season’.

He returns to the Elton Julian-led team after last competing for it in the Prototype Challenge class of the American Le Mans Series in 2013 alongside Mirco Schultis.

The 31-year-old will combine his LMP1 entry with his IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship duties, where he drives Wayne Taylor Racing’s Cadillac DPi-V.R for the full season.

There is currently only one confirmed clash between the two series in 2018, with the Mid-Ohio WeatherTech Championship race falling on the same weekend as the WEC season-opener at Spa.

Van der Zande’s WeatherTech Championship commitments are expected to take priority that weekend, with DragonSpeed stating that a substitute driver will be revealed soon. 

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4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. GT3 Racer

    February 4, 2018 at 11:09 am

    Excellent signing by Elton and the team, Renger is incredibly quick and a great guy, good luck lads!

  2. AF

    February 4, 2018 at 11:11 am

    He’s the third driver if Hedman is actually allowed to race. Not been upgraded to silver yet, and i’m sure the rule that bronzes can’t race in LMP1 is still in place.

    • KW

      February 5, 2018 at 12:46 pm

      On endurance-info.com I found the information that Hedman will be allowed by the FIA to participate. Instead of updating him to Silver, they gave him the permission to compete in LMP1, based on his sufficient experience and performance in LMP2.

  3. RobertB

    February 5, 2018 at 9:37 am

    Good for Renger. Great driver and he probably has the most fun full name to say out loud.

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