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Toyota Gazoo racing has signed Nyck de Vries as its new test and reserve driver for the world Championship on races on endurance FIA until the end of 2021.

The driver of the Mercedes Formula E and the WEC race winner in LMP2 class effectively replaces Thomas Loran as a backup Toyota for their LMP1 program and will also help with the ongoing work on the manufacturer hypercar Le Mans, which should debut next year.

De Vries, who currently drives for the racing team of the Netherlands in the WEC, will test Toyota TS050 hybrid in low downforce trim in Paul Ricard this week.

Toyota will use a Le Mans-style Aero in the next two rounds of the WEC at Spa-Francorchamps next month on the 24 hours of Le Mans in September.

De Vries previously selected Toyota LMP1 car at the end of the 2019 WEC rookie test in Bahrain, where it passed 43 of the circle.

A 25-year-old a new position with the team will also include a trainer, responsibilities and on-call to replace any of the regular drivers of the Toyota they should be.

“Feedback on the results of his test are a beginner in Bahrain was very positive, so it is clear that he has great potential,” – said the President of the team of TGR, Hisatake Murata.

“Together with our Toyota Gazoo racing WEC member call Kenta Yamashita, we have two very promising young drivers, developing their skills in our team that will be interesting for the future.

“I’m looking forward to see their progress, and at the same time, I want Thomas Laurent all the best in his future and thank him for his contribution this season.”

De Vries broke into the arena of sports car racing team of the Netherlands in 2018 during his second year in Formula 2, which he won last season.

The Dutch now intend to hold three separate obligations sports car racing, with his new Toyota on the Internet and the constant drive of RTN in the WEC, accompanied by recently announced the role of G-drive racing in the European Le Mans LMP2 series.

“I am very happy to join the Toyota Gazoo racing and work with the team again; it’s an honor to be selected as test and reserve pilot, so I would like to thank the team for this opportunity.

“Driving a hybrid TS050 in Bahrain was a fantastic experience. At the time I thought it could be a one-time opportunity it is great to know that I will be back behind the wheel of a car, and even more exciting to look forward to at the end of this year, when we start testing the new car LMG.

“I hope to contribute to the successful beginning of a new era for the team.”

Danielle Lloyd

Danielle Lloyd this British reporter Sportscar365 covering the world championship on races on endurance, GT world championship on AWS WeatherTech and IMSA sports car championship, among other series.

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