WEC: Nick Foster to replace Daniel Gaunt at Eurasia for 6H Spa

A last minute driver change was recently made to Eurasia Motorsport’s lineup, bringing in Nick Foster to replace Daniel Gaunt for the WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.

This is the second time the team have changed their lineup ahead of Round 6 of the FIA World Endurance Championship at Spa-Francorchamps, with Nick Cassidy encountering proximity clashings with the Super GT round at Suzuka on August 22-23.

In this case, Gaunt could not take part due to circumstances concerning traveling from New Zealand in the pandemic.

Foster has been competing in Formula E’s concluding supporter series races, the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy in Berlin, and has been in Europe for the past week.

Nick Foster has had previous outings with the New Zealand team, having competed in the 2019/20 Asian Le Mans Series so had encountered Spa before.

Foster, who competed for Gulf Racing in the GTE-Am class in the 2017 WEC season, will join the #35 crew of Nobuya Yamanaka and Roberto Merhi, although it is not said whether he will compete for them at Le Mans.

Mark Goddard, Eurasia Motorsport’s Team Principal, said: “We’re fortunate in having such a talented race driver in Nick Foster available to us at such short notice.

“In an ideal scenario, I would not want to call him in so late, but we are in a very fluid situation due COVID-19 and the problems associated with the movement of people around the world.”

“We at Eurasia are doing everything in our power to field a strong package and we hope that there will be no further hurdles for us to overcome over the coming week.

“Our plans for the 24 Hours of Le Mans next month remain on track, but we obviously must be mindful the global situation.

“We hope to proceed with the drivers as planned, but we need to be realistic and ready to react should we need to do so.”

Foster said:I’m looking forward to jumping back into the LMP2 car and to have a good strong weekend in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

“It has been a pretty crazy year for everyone, I didn’t know what was coming up next.

“To be re-joining the team that first put me in the prototype and in which helped me to my first P2 podium is special.

“FIA WEC is a step up from the Asian Le Mans Series but the team has plenty of experience from Le Mans and we’re looking forward to doing the job for Nobuya [Namanaka] and everyone involved.

“So, we have to roll with it and have a really good race weekend.”