2017 ELMS debutants Racing Team Nederland are set to step up to the FIA WEC in the 2018/19 ‘Super Season’ and have applied for a full season entry which would include, of course, the 2018 and 2019 runnings of the Le Mans 24 Hours, both qualifying rounds for the World Championship in its transitional year to a Winter-based calendar.
The team, who raced in the ELMS with Jan Lammers and Frits van Eerd in 2017, the pair joined by F1 legend Rubens Barrichello at Le Mans, will retain their Dallara P217 Gibson LMP2 from 2017 and will therefore be the first LMP2 team in the WEC to campaign the Italian chassis for a full season, the Dallara chassis having only appeared in the 2017 debut soon for the new Gibson-powered LMP2 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Frits van Eerd, founder and one of the drivers of Racing Team Nederland:
“I am truly proud that following our debut year we will be making such a significant and ambitious step. With our participation in the FIA World Endurance Championship, The Netherlands will be represented at the highest level of sportscar racing.”
In the coming weeks, Racing Team Nederland will decide which drivers will race the LMP2 Dallara P217 alongside Frits.
The team will present all details of its FIA World Endurance Championship 2018/19 during its official press launch early in the new year.
The proposed entry brings the potential combined LMP1 and LMP2 entry very close indeed to 50% of the proposed maximum full season entry of 34 cars with the combined GTE Pro and GTE Am entry looking set to be oversubscribed.