2017 European Le Mans Series LMP3 champion Job van Uitert has decided to move up into LMP2 competition in 2019, signing with G-Drive Racing for the ELMS season and the Le Mans 24 Hours.
The 20-year-old Dutchman, who won the ELMS Rookie of the Year award in 2018, felt a move from RLR to race with the 2018 LMP2 title-winning team for the campaign will allow him to challenge for a second ELMS title in two years and a class win at Le Mans.
His impressive season in ’18 prompted G-Drive to invite him to test, and eventually sign him. For the year he will race with Formula 1 driver Jean-Eric Vergne and team owner Roman Rusinov in the team’s ORECA 07 Gibson.
“This is a dream come true, that much is clear”, said Van Uitert after signing with the team. “G-Drive has won the European Le Mans Series three times now as well as taking the FIA WEC crown once. On top of that they are
the benchmark at Le Mans so this is, without doubt, the best place for me to continue my career, a place where I will race for victories.
“With Jean-Eric and Roman, the team has a super-solid basis and I will do everything I can to add to that and be
“Le Mans is the biggest race in the world and besides our hunt for a fourth ELMS-title for the team, Le Mans is firmly in our cross-hairs,” he added. “That I can make my debut in this race, with this team, in a such a competitive car is a dream come true.”
Team owner and lead driver Roman Rusinov is delighted with the signing of Van Uitert: “Job has already impressed us with his speed and approach to work during the tests.
“I am sure he will surprise many this year, and our line-up for 2019 will feature be an excellent combination of both experience and youth in our drivers..”