Former Formula 1 driver Giedo van der Garde has signed up for two rounds of the World Endurance Championship and for the entire European Le Mans Series campaign in 2016. He will race with Jota in the LMP2 class.
The former Caterham race driver and Sauber F1 test driver, 30, confirmed the move via social media early on Monday. This will be the Dutch driver’s first venture into sportscar and endurance racing, having spent his entire career to date in single seaters. The highlight of his career to date has been winning the Formula Renault 3.5 Series in 2008.
Van der Garde was set to race with the Sauber F1 team in 2015 having been their reserve driver in 2014 after signing a contract with the team. However with no less than five drivers signed up to fill two seats, both sides were involved in a very public battle, in which van der Garde was sidelined at the end.
He said in an interview in 2015 that he was aiming for a DTM or a LMP1 seat in 2016.
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