Formula Renault V6 frontrunner Jaap van Lagen has filled the second vacancy at Belgian team KTR for this season's World Series by Renault, pipping fellow countryman Charles Zwolsman to the seat.
Both Dutch drivers were reputed to be in the frame for the two-car line-up before team boss Kurt Mollekens signed Frenchman Tristan Gommendy, but were then assured that one or other would fill the second seat. van Lagen ultimately got the nod, having risen through the ranks in national racing, claiming the 2002 Dutch Formula Ford champion, before settling into FRV6 last season, where he took four podium finishes, including two victories.
“This finalises KTR's strongest-ever driver line-up in a long history of single-seaters, combining two proven FRV6 race winners," Mollekens commented, "Tristan's experience in the Nissan World Series should give him a bit of an advantage over Jaap during the first few events but, if Jaap reaches his full potential, he should lift himself to Tristan's level over the course of the season.”
The new-look World Series kicks on KTR's home turf, at Zolder, on 1 May.