Three rookies confirmed for Bahrain test

The FIA World Endurance Championship has announced the three drivers, who are going to participated in the 2023 edition of the Rookie test, following the season finale in Bahrain.

Josh Pierson has been chosen to test in the Hypercar category, where it’s already known to be the championship winning Toyota Gazoo Racing – we just don’t know if it’s number 7 or 8 yet. Pierson is doing his second season in the FIA WEC for United Autosports in LMP2, where he won at Portimao earlier this year, and currently sits fourth in the standings.

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Nicolas Varrone will get a shot to try the championship winning LMP2 car. The team has not yet been found, but it’s a battle between Team WRT #41, Inter Europol Competition #34, and United Autosports #22. Varrone has done a phenomenal job for Corvette Racing in the GTE Am category this year, securing the championship at Monza alongside Ben Keating and Nicky Catsburg. He already showed his pace in 2022, where he raced in the European Le Mans Series for Rinaldi Racing, and that put him on the radar for Corvette Racing.

Corvette Racing will run at least 30 laps with Antoine Doquin, as they are the GTE Am champions. The French driver has mostly raced in LMP3 cars so far, including winning the 2022 Asian Le Mans Series title, and has done a very good job, for all the teams that he has competed for. He currently sits second in the ELMS LMP3 standings.

Some of the selected drivers in previous seasons has been Charles Milesi, Doriane Pin, Pietro Fittipaldi, and Malthe Jakobsen.

The rookie test will be run on Sunday 5 November 2023.

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