2017 Italian Formula 4 Championship runner-up Job van Uitert is set to be a significant part of aa new look RLR M-sport assault on the LMP3 class of both the European Le Mans Series and the Michelin Le Mans Cup.
The 19-year-old Dutchman will partner the returning John Farano and experienced racer Rob Garofall in the 2018 ELMS season van Uitert also joins Farano in the Michelin Le Mans
He started his career in 2014, aged just 15, taking second in the Dutch Mazda MX-5 cup before moving into Formula 4 with backing from family company Van Uitert, a leading innovator in robotic conveyor systems, Jumbo Supermarkten, one of the nations’ leading supermarket-chains and a familiar name in the ELMS and ELTRA, specialised in industrial IT & automation systems.
RLR M-sport with Mike Smith Motorsport is one of the longest-serving teams in European sportscar racing, dating back to the team’s debut in the 2010 European Le Mans with a Lola LMP2 (which, incidentally, featured Rob Garofall on the driver line up).
208 sees them return to a dual ELMS/ Michelin Le Mans Cup programme after substantial progress last year in a learning season.
Job van Uitert: “I am immensely excited to join RLR M-sport for the upcoming season and I cannot think of a better team to tackle my first season in sportscars with.
“I’ve enjoyed several successful years in Formula 4 but achieving success at the 24 hours of Le Mans is my ultimate goal in racing and I feel that I have just taken my first step towards that goal.
“The European Le Mans series has gone from strength to strength over the last few years, the Michelin Le Mans Cup gives me the chance to develop myself much faster and racing at Le Mans in the Road to Le Mans support races is a dream come true!”
Nick Reynolds – RLR Team MSport Team Principal: “We tested Job right after concluding the 2017 season and he made an enormous impression on us. Signing him for both programmes means that a lot of pieces of the puzzle have fallen into place so that we can challenge for the title in both the European Le Mans Series and the Michelin Cup.
“Job possesses great speed, John Farano showed in 2017 that he has the potential to be one of the best bronze-drivers out there and Rob Garofall’s speed and experience are without doubt. It all means that we cannot wait for the season to start.”