By Thierry Wilmotte
BGood news for Stoffel Vandoorne! While the Roularien has just won a steering wheel to compete in the next 12 Hours of Sebring (March 19) which will be organized the day after the… 1000 Miles of Sebring (March 18), new inaugural round of the World Endurance Championship (WEC) .
Vandoorne will accompany his former team-mate Tom Blomqvist (with whom he finished 2nd in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in LMP2, 7 tenths of a second behind the winning car in the… WRT last year!) as well as Oliver Jarvis in the Meyer Shank Racing, which has just won the 24 Hours of Daytona! Vandoorne will replace Helio Castro Neves, who is also busy in the IndyCar championship.
“First time at Sebring”
« It’s the first time I’ll be driving at Sebring », confides Stoffel Vandoorne, who will be able to count on a supporter of choice in the person of Jacky Ickx, who will be named Grand Marshall and entered in the Hall of Fame on the sidelines of this 2022 edition. , 50 years after winning the Florida Classic for the second time in 1972. “I’m looking forward to it because the races in the United States are hotly contested. And I expect to live a great experience within this team which has just won at Daytona. »
This participation is a great opportunity for our compatriot who must absolutely show himself in Endurance, a championship which is picking up again with the upcoming arrival of several manufacturers. « Tom (Blomqvist) spoke highly of Stoffel, who impressed us last week during a test, » said team boss Michael Shank. “I’m sure he will bring a lot of positive things to the team. »