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WEC: Lapierre joins KCMG for Le Mans and Spa

Toyota Racing reserve and test driver Nicolas Lapierre has joined KCMG in LMP2 for this season's Le Mans 24 Hour race and the WEC round of Spa
Nicolas Lapierre will race for KCMG at this season's Le Mans 24 Hours and the Spa round of the World Endurance Championship.

The 30-year-old is currently contracted to Toyota Racing as a test and reserve driver and helped the Japanese manufacturer to the WEC title in 2014.

The French driver has gained the permission from Toyota to compete with KCMG for the WEC Prologue as well as Le Mans and Spa races. Lapierre will co-driver alongside Richard Bradley and Matt Howson in the team's ORECA 05 LMP2 car.

The Frenchman has won six WEC races in his career for Toyota Racing since joining the team in 2012n, as well as 10 podium finishes. Lapierre says he is delighted to join KCMG and is ready to get to grips with the ORECA 05.

“I'm excited to be competing for KCMG in Spa and Le Mans,” Lapierre said. “I am really keen to get back to racing again and the Prologue will be a good opportunity to become familiar with ORECA 05, which is a very promising car. I'm motivated and ready to contribute to KCMG's Le Mans challenge this year.”

Lapierre has been brought in by KCMG WEC team manager Eric Kolb to replace Nick Tandy, who will race in the third Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 car with Nico Hulkenberg and Earl Bamber at Spa and Le Mans.

“After weeks of talks, we are happy to confirm that Nicolas will join us at Spa and Le Mans,” Kolb said. “Without a doubt, Nicolas is one of the most talented drivers in WEC, and KCMG would like to extend its gratitude to TOYOTA Racing for allowing him to represent us in three of WEC's events this season.

"The team is looking forward to the official pre-season test at Paul Ricard next week, where Nicolas will get his first impression of the ORECA 05.”

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