Former F1 hopeful and Champ Car racer Tristan Gommendy will join Eurasia Motorsport for the 2016 European Le Mans Series, the team has confirmed.
The Frenchman will share Eurasia's new ORECA-Nissan with Pu Jun Jin and Nick de Bruijn in the European support series to the World Endurance Championship
“We feel that, with Tristan on board, we have a very strong driver line up which will give us a chance of being competitive in the European Le Mans Series,” team principal Mark Goddard said, “Tristan is a platinum driver for a good reason, he has a wealth of experience in formula cars, having raced in F3, World Series, GP2, Superleague and Champ Cars, plus he has proven to be one of the fastest LMP2 drivers out there. He stepped in for us at the Fuji round of Asian Le Mans and did a fantastic job which made the decision to race together in 2016 very easy. He is also a winner of the Macau GP and anyone who can do that has to be more than just really good.”
Goddard revealed that Eurasia had contemplated bigger ambitions for 2016, before settling on the ELMS as a stepping stone for the future.
“Whilst we seriously considered entering the WEC next year, we came to the conclusion it was better to concentrate on the European Series where our driver combination should be competitive and look to 2017 to move up to WEC,” he confirmed, “If we gain an entry, we want to compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours and a warm-up at Spa WEC round would help. However, it's dependent on us receiving an entry.”