McLaren junior de Vries to join LMP2 team during 2018/19 WEC season
|By Tim Biesbrouck||Thursday, March 15th 2018, 11:10 GMT|
McLaren Formula 1 junior Nyck de Vries will join the Racing Team Netherlands LMP2 team for the 2018/19 World Endurance Championship superseason after this year's Le Mans 24 Hours.
De Vries will take the seat of veteran Jan Lammers, who was part of the 1988 Le Mans-winning Jaguar squad, once he steps back from racing after making his 24th Le Mans start in June.
Racing Team Netherlands will step up to the WEC this year with a Dallara P217 after racing in the European Le Mans Series in 2017, and unveiled its livery for the 2018/19 superseason on Wednesday as well as revealing its line-up.
Lammers will race for the outfit alongside owner Frits van Eerd and ex-Formula 1 driver Giedo van der Garde at the Spa season-opener and Le Mans, before de Vries makes his WEC debut at Silverstone in August.
The 23-year-old will combine his new duties with his Formula 2 duties with Prema.
"I didn't need long to say yes," de Vries said.
"I'm looking forward to it as it's a prestigious project and it will be a great adventure.
"I haven't driven the car yet, but I hear it's a great car and it looks great.
"The calendar matches with mine, because the second half of the [F2] season will be a bit quieter as we don't go overseas."
With the 2018/19 WEC campaign encompassing two editions of Le Mans, de Vries is set to make his debut in the French endurance classic in 2019.