G-Drive Racing has announced that it is splitting with driver Nathanael Berthon ahead of the official Le Mans 24 Hours test day.
Berthon has left the team after just two races with the Russian-owned, British-run squad. The Frenchman shared the ORECA 05-Nissan with Rene Rast and Roman Rusinov.
The shock change comes after the team, which is one of the favourites in the LMP2 class at Le Mans, finished second and fifth in the opening two rounds of the WEC at Silverstone and Spa.
“I would like to thanks Nathanael for his efforts with the team in 2016,” said G-Drive Racing’s David
Clark upon the announcement.
“We achieved two solid results in the first races at Silverstone and Spa, and he showed he can
be part of a front running team and we wish him every success in the future.”
It remains unclear as to who will fill the vacant seat in the No.26 G-Drive racing ORECA at Le Mans this weekend.
Motorsport.com understands that Oliver Turvey, who has previously won the LMP2 class with JOTA Sport, who run the G-Drive team, is not an option due to his other racing commitments.
As for Berthon, it is understood that he is speaking to another team about a potential eleventh hour seat in the LMP2 class.