Racing Team Nederland confirm full-time entry in WEC 2021 season

The Racing Team Nederland squad will enter a full-time campaign in the 2021 season of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Alongside their intentions to compete at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2021, they will compete another full season of the FIA WEC.

An Oreca 07 Gibson entry will have the Dutch team fight for the LMP2 title in Season 9, as well as an expected fourth Le Mans attempt.

The confirmed driver lineup includes the team’s regulars Frits Van Eerd and Giedo Van Der Garde, who will be joined by United Autosports star Job Van Uitert.

Uitert replaces Nyck De Vries’ previous duties with team and will drive for them in 2021.

Van Der Garde said: “Our ambition is clear. We have been racing in the FIA WEC since 2018 and last season, we took really big steps.”

Throughout Season 8, they claimed four podium finishes which included an LMP2 victory at the 6 Hours of Fuji (2019), just after a third place at the opening 4 Hours of Silverstone round.

“Now that there is also the Pro/Am class in LMP2,” as Van Eerd holds the Bronze FIA license amongst the trio.

“I think we can seriously compete for the world title and victory at Le Mans – winning the world title must be the goal.”

In the Endurance Trophy for LMP2 Teams, they finished fourth out of eight teams in the Season 8 standings.

An LMP2 win for Jackie Chan DC Racing at the 8 Hours of Bahrain finale edged themselves ahead of third-placed Racing Team Nederland in the close fight for third in the teams’ championship.

Their official endurance duties in 2021 begin at the 24 Hours of Daytona, and then onto the Season 9 Prologue (and opening round) at the 1000 Miles of Sebring.