G-DRIVE RACING TARGET MORE LMP2 SUCCESS IN CHINA
27th October 2016
The G-Drive Racing team heads east again next weekend to contest the 6 Hours of Shanghai, the penultimate round of this seasons FIA World Endurance Championship.
After two victories in as many weekends earlier this month and the joy of securing the 2016 European Le Mans Series crown, G-Drive Racing will take an unchanged line-up to China as Will Stevens remains in the cockpit alongside Roman Rusinov and Alex Brundle.
Stevens, one of the acknowledged stars of the Fuji race, where G-Drive Racing scored a spectacular victory, stays in the Oreca 05-Nissan as he continues to deputise for René Rast. The German ace, who has been the recognised benchmark performer in the LMP2 class this season, is missing the Shanghai event as his partner is due to give birth to their first child.
G-Drive Racing can confirm that Rast is set to return with the G-Drive Racing team to complete the season at the Bahrain finale later in November, where the team will continue to chase the runners-up position in the 2016 FIA WEC. The factory Audi driver has been loaned to G-Drive Racing on a season long basis and has been instrumental in securing four consecutive pole positions and driving the development of the Oreca05-Nissan this season. Rast missed the Fuji race due to being called up for official Audi DTM duties at Hockenheim on the same weekend.
Will Stevens’ performance at Fuji laid the basis for a famous victory which saw the former F1 driver make two dynamic moves on Bruno Senna to secure the win.
The 25 year-old, who made his Le Mans debut with the team this year alongside Rusinov and Rast, will prepare to further enhance a stellar reputation in LMP2 next week.
The 6 Hours of Shanghai is scheduled to begin at 11.00 local time on Sunday 6th November.
““I am really looking forward to following up our great result at Fuji with another positive result in China next weekend. The LMP2 class is super competitive this year but G-Drive Racing has shown on numerous occasions it can be conducting the pace and put winning performances together. I was proud to play a big part in that process at Fuji, and now we can kick-on and hopefully be in just as good a position to replicate the success at Shanghai.”
Sam Hignett, Partner – JOTA Sport
“We have found two gems in René and Will this season and are lucky that they have fitted in and been super quick from the first moment they sat in the car. Of course, we wish René and his partner all the best with their impending arrival and much happiness for the future.
“For Shanghai we are keeping the continuity and positive feelings in the team with Will continuing. He has shown on several occasions this season what an emerging endurance talent he is. One of the undoubted stars of Fuji, he is the best possible solution to replace Rene again and I would like to thank him for his commitment and flair.
“Roman, as a reigning champion has been fantastic for us this year and Alex really hit the ground running and has shown to have immense talent. Together we are well balanced team so we can target more success in the tough LMP2 category as the 2016 season reaches an exciting conclusion.”