De Vries joins Racing Team Nederland WEC squad

McLaren Formula 1 junior Nyck de Vries will join LMP2 outfit Racing Team Nederland for the 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship season after this year's Le Mans 24 Hours.

De Vries will take the seat of Dutch veteran Jan Lammers, who will step down after making his 24th Le Mans start this June.

Racing Team Nederland, which moves up to the WEC this year with a Dallara P217 after racing in the European Le Mans Series in 2017, unveiled its livery for the 2018/19 superseason on Thursday.

Team owner Frits van Eerd and ex-Formula 1 driver Giedo van der Garde will join Lammers for the Spa season-opener and Le Mans before de Vries makes his WEC debut at Silverstone in August.

The 23-year-old will combine his new duties with the team with racing in F2 with Prema.

"I didn't need long to say yes", de Vries said. "I'm looking forward to it as it's a prestigious project and it will be a great adventure. I haven't driven the car yet, but I hear it's a great car and it looks great.

"The calendar matches with mine, because the second half of the [F2] season will be a bit quieter as we don't go overseas."

With the 2018/19 WEC campaign encompassing two editions of Le Mans, de Vries is set to make his debut in the French endurance classic in 2019.

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Series WEC
Drivers Nyck de Vries
Teams Racing Team Nederland
Article type Breaking news