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Catsburg on standby for Vaxiviere at Le Mans

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Catsburg on standby for Vaxiviere at Le Mans
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May 26, 2017, 3:20 PM

Nicky Catsburg has been placed on standby for TDS Racing in case regular driver Matthieu Vaxiviere is unable to participate in the Le Mans 24 Hours next month.

Nicky Catsburg, Cyan Racing
#28 TDS Racing Oreca 07 Gibson: François Perrodo, Matthieu Vaxivière, Emmanuel Collard
Matthieu Vaxiviere with the father of René Binder, Lotus
#28 TDS Racing Oreca 07 Gibson: François Perrodo, Matthieu Vaxivière, Emmanuel Collard
#4 ByKolles Racing CLM P1/01: Oliver Webb, Dominik Kraihamer, James Rossiter
Marco Bonanomi, RP Motorsport
#4 ByKolles Racing CLM P1/01: Oliver Webb, Dominik Kraihamer, James Rossiter

BMW factory driver Catsburg, who is on double WTCC and Nurburgring 24 Hours duty this weekend at the Nordschleife, was at Spa earlier this week to test TDS’s Oreca 07-Gibson LMP2.

Vaxiviere was forced to miss the Spa WEC round earlier this month after injuring his right foot in a training accident, and was replaced in the #28 line-up by DragonSpeed ELMS regular Ben Hanley.

While Vaxiviere is aiming to be fit enough to take part in the Le Mans test day on 4 June, it’s understood Catsburg will also be present with the TDS team and ready to fill in should the Frenchman be unable to drive.

The Dutchman would be set to make his Le Mans debut alongside TDS regulars Francois Perrodo and Emmanuel Collard if Vaxiviere’s injury failed to heal in time for the race on 17/18 June.

Bonanomi tests for Kolles

Also present in this week’s Spa test was former Audi LMP1 driver Marco Bonanomi, who turned laps in the #4 ByKolles ENSO CLM P1/01.

The Italian, who last contested Le Mans in 2015, was standing in for James Rossiter, who is set to return to the ByKolles fold for the French endurance classic alongside Dominik Kraihamer and Oliver Webb.

 

Additional reporting by Mark Bremer

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