Job van Uitert will compete in the European Le Mans Series in 2022 for the Panis Racing team. The Young Dutchman, who was successful in the LMP2 class of the European championship for the past three seasons, will compete with Nico Jamin and Julien Canal with an ORECA 07 for the European title.
With the sign for the French team, Van Uitert joins the successful formation of former Formula 1 race winner Olivier Panis that competed at the front in both Le Mans and the European Le Mans Series in 2021. "The team has really good control of the mandatory Goodyear tires for everyone and with someone like Olivier at the helm you not only know for sure that the car will be good, but that you can also learn a lot," said the new-fangled Panis. Racing driver.
Van Uitert, who was successful last year with Racing Team Netherlands in the FIA World Endurance Championship, will be reunited with Frenchman Jamin, with whom he competed in the European championship last season. Julien Canal is new to Van Uitert, but not in long-distance racing. The Frenchman has twice been world champion in the LMP2 class, has already won his class three times in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and has consistently finished on the podium in the last two editions of the largest motorsport competition in the world. “I have two great teammates to compete with. I get on well with Nico and we are on the same page in terms of set-up. Julien is so experienced, fast and successful that I am sure that with this line-up we will fight for victories and hopefully the title.”
The 24 Hours of Le Mans is also completely in the sights of the French team but, like everyone else, you have to wait and hope for an official invitation. “That's always exciting, but the team has been on the podium in recent years and is a fixture in the race series organized by the ACO. I have every hope that in June we will also fight for success in France.”
The European Le Mans Series has six races this season and starts in April at the Paul Ricard circuit. The European title will eventually be decided on iconic courses such as Imola, Hungaroring, Barcelona, Spa-Francorchamps and Portimão, Portugal. “It will be a tough year, because there are almost 20 LMP2s at the start. But also a very spectacular year. I can't wait!”, Van Uitert smiles on the eve of his fourth season in the LMP2 class.