Six changes for Spa

There will be six changes amongst the FIA World Endurance Championship drivers, when the second round of 2022 will be run at Spa Francorchamps in two weeks’ time.

Glickenhaus Racing #708 has swapped Ryan Briscoe for Pipo Derani. Derani was busy with his American Cadillac DPi programme, when Round 1 was held at Sebring International Raceway, so the Brazilian had to focus on that job, while Briscoe got some race miles.

Glickenhaus Racing #708 has Romain Dumas and Olivier Pla plus Derani in the car for Spa, while Briscoe, Richard Westbrook and Franck Mailleux will be racing car #709 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Vector Sport #10 will return to their base of drivers for the 2022 season. Ryan Cullen and Nico Müller were both running at Sebring, while Sebastien Bourdais had to be replaced by Mike Rockenfeller. Bourdais also had a Cadillac IMSA seat to take care of, but the three drivers are able to focus on the Le Mans preparations at Sebring.

Vector Sport #10
Photo: JJ Media

ARC Bratislava #44 has swapped Mathias Beche for Bent Viscaal. The young Dutchman made an impressive sportscar debut at the European Le Mans Series race at Circuit Paul Ricard, just a week ago, claiming second place alongside Sophia Flörsch in his very first race. APR helps ARC Bratislava running their FIA WEC season, so that is how Viscaal has found his way into the car, alongside his countryman Tijmen van der Helm and team owner Miroslaw Konopka.

TF Sport Aston Martin #33 has made a single change, with Florian Latorre being replaced by Henrique Chaves. There is no official explanation for the change just yet, but Chaves was part of the TF Sport outfit in the European Le Mans Series. Ben Keating, Marco Sørensen and Latorre finished second at the Sebring in GTE Am, with quite a good pace from the Frenchman.

The final change is not really a change amongst the driver, since it’s GR Racing Porsche #86 returning to the series. The team skipped Sebring for commercial reasons, with Mike Wainwright being super busy with his day job, and elected to focus on those, instead of racing on that weekend. Ben Barker and Riccardo Pera will be sharing the car with Wainwright.

The 6 Hours of Spa Francorchamps will run on 7 May 2022.

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