Realteam Racing confirm WEC debut with Garcia, Nato and Duval

The Realteam Racing team are set to enter the FIA WEC in the LMP2 Pro-Am class with drivers Esteban Garcia, Norman Nato and Loic Duval.

Realteam Racing will enter an Oreca 07-Gibson into the upcoming Season 9 edition of the FIA World Endurance Championship and fight for the new LMP2 Pro-Am Endurance Trophy.

The European Le Mans Series regulars claimed a victory and two podium finishes in their two recent LMP3 seasons.

Esteban Garcia, owner and driver of Realteam Racing, said: “After two full seasons in ELMS with David [Droux], a victory and a podium in the championship, it was time for us to reach our goal of competing in the WEC as well as the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

“I’m very excited to share the wheel with two drivers as experienced as Loïc and Norman!,” after his two years driving in LMP3.

Norman Nato, who recently found himself alongside Stoffel Vandoorne on the H24 project, claimed a WEC victory at Shanghai in his Season 8 campaign with the now deceased Rebellion Racing LMP1 programme.

After their final race at the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours, Nato has stayed in the FIA WEC environment.

He will take on Season 9 in LMP2 form once again with LMP2 outings with TDS Racing (renamed to Realteam from 2019) in the ELMS and once in the FIA WEC.

Nato said: “Esteban, who has a good sense of humor, has the desire to progress and achieve good results, and Loïc’s experience makes us a complete crew.

“With Loïc, we will accompany Esteban for his transition from LMP3 to LMP2 without forgetting to have fun.

“I can’t wait to attack with the team.”

Duval drove for the TDS LMP2 team in their 2017 and 2018 FIA WEC campaigns, and was part of Audi’s LMP1 programme before it ended in 2016.

Duval added: “We have a lot of room for improvement, but the three of us know where we want to go with the team in terms of performance.”

Season 9 is set to take off at the 1000 Miles of Sebring opener on March 17/18, but recent doubts have been thrown as whether this will take place due to the COVID pandemic.

In such a case, the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps on May 1 would be the opener if Sebring was cancelled.

Credit: Realteam Racing