nomenclature of junior test drivers;  Wadoux Hypercar Experience - Sportscar365

nomenclature of junior test drivers; Wadoux Hypercar Experience – Sportscar365

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LMP2 driver Lilo Wadox will drive this year’s title-winning Hypercar in the Junior Test of the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship in Bahrain.

The French rider is one of four drivers selected by WEC to flip laps in the annual post-season test that takes place on November 13, a day after the 2022 season finale.

Lorenzo Colombo, Dorian Bean and Finn Gersitz were also selected to sample machines from the other categories.

The quartet was compiled by WEC on the basis of “performance, racing skills and commitment”.

Wadoux will guarantee a minimum of 30 laps in either the LMH-spec Toyota GR010 Hybrid or the LMP1-spec Alpine A480 Gibson, depending on whichever comes out on top in the World Manufacturers Championship.

Colombo will be driving the corresponding manufacturers’ title-winning GTE-Pro, while title-winning Pin will test an LMP2-class Oreca 07 Gibson.

German teenager Gersitz, who drives United Autosports in the European Le Mans LMP3 class, has been chosen to drive an Aston Martin Vantage GTE.

Wadoux, 21, has taken a step into this year’s prototype race of the Alpine Elf Europa Cup, earning a WEC lead with Team Richard Mille Racing in the LMP2 class.

She currently rides in the #1 Oreca with last year’s rookie Hypercar test driver Charles Melici and Paul Loeb Schaten.

The pair were joined by eight-time world rally champion Sebastien Ogier for the first three rounds of the season, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

“I am very happy with my choice,” Wadoux said.

“Just a year ago, I participated in the junior test in Bahrain in LMP2 with Richard Mille, while racing the European Cup for Alpine Elf. It was a huge step in my career because I suddenly found myself driving a prototype.

“I learned a lot and now I have a new opportunity with a new test, but this time on the steering wheel of a hypercar.

“It is a dream come true and I am happy. On a personal level, I am proud to show that women can reach the highest level in motorsport.

“I hope my model will inspire young girls to follow this path.”

Colombo in the sports car world this year graduated from FIA Formula 3 and won three rounds of the ELMS with Prema standing in for injured Juan Manuel Correa. The 21-year-old Italian contributed to Prema’s points lead with two rounds remaining.

Colombo’s main program was with Prema at WEC, sharing the No. 9 Oreca with Robert Kubica and Louis Deletraz. The trio finished second in the 24 Hours class at Le Mans in June.

Pin is currently leading the Ferrari Challenge Europe standings and won the Gold Cup category at TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa as part of the Iron Dames crew.

The 18-year-old was also a guest on Iron Dames on the Spa-Francorchamps WEC tour in May.

Gehrsitz is the only Novice test driver selected without WEC experience, although he is familiar with the rules of ACO based on his driving this year’s ELMS and his February outings at the Le Mans Asian Series with a Porsche GT3 Herberth Motorsport uniform.

“The FIA ​​World Endurance Championship has a very talented group of drivers, so they will be selected, with Lilou, Lorenzo, Doriane and Finn being measured against the best rookies,” WEC CEO Frederic Lequin commented.

“The Junior Test is a huge opportunity for these drivers to get a real track test in the car that will win the championship in its class just the day before.

“This test is part of the FIA ​​WEC Sports Regulations as we strive to push young talent in our discipline and we have seen how this test can be beneficial to the careers of young drivers previously.

“We are looking forward to seeing all four drivers in Bahrain.”

The 30-lap guarantee applies to each of the four drivers selected, while other drivers can participate in the five-hour test.

WEC will release a complete entry list for the beginner’s test at a later date.

Daniel Lloyd He is a UK-based correspondent for Sportscar365, covering the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship, the AWS-supported Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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