Reigning European Le Mans Series LMP3 champion Job van Uitert will contest two rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship with Racing Team Nederland.
The 20-year-old Dutchman, who is also a part of the ELMS LMP2 points-leading G-Drive Racing team, will replace Nyck de Vries for the first race of the season at Silverstone and team patron Frits van Eerd for the 4 Hours of Shanghai.
Van Uitert, who is FIA silver-rated, will share driving duties in the TDS Racing-supported No. 29 Oreca 07 Gibson with van Eerd and Team Nederland regular Giedo van der Garde at Silverstone.
FIA Formula 2 points leader de Vries, who was a part of Racing Team Nederland’s lineup last season, won’t be racing in the WEC season-opener because of a clash with the F2 round at Spa.
His temporary replacement van Uitert finished runner up in May’s 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps as part of a cameo entry for the G-Drive ELMS team which is also run by TDS.
“Last year Job did a fantastic job in the LMP3 and now he’s doing it too in LMP2, with an immediate victory in the ELMS and an impressive debut at Le Mans,” said van Eerd.
“Because Nyck is in Formula 2, he must of course be at Spa. Job will replace him at Silverstone and me later in China.
“He is a huge asset for Racing Team Nederland: Job is fast, has experience and knows the Oreca of TDS crew well.”
Racing Team Nederland recently tested its new Oreca for the first time having switched to the French-built car from the Dallara P217 Gibson it ran last season.