RTN, the workforce led by Jumbo grocery store CEO Frits van Eerd, is an everyday on the European racing scene and stepped as much as the World Endurance Championship in 2018, with van Eerd taking a primary win in Fuji in 2019 alongside Giedo van der Garde and Nyck de Vries.
The Dutch outfit, which enters a TDS Racing-run ORECA 07, has additionally competed within the Le Mans 24 Hours for the previous 4 years and made its IMSA debut in January’s Daytona 24 Hours the place it completed 11th total and fourth at school.
RTN has since confirmed its curiosity in racing in IMSA’s LMP2 class full-time however says latest reviews that its American swap is a completed deal are vast of the mark.
“We by no means made a secret of the truth that we’d like to do extra IMSA races sooner or later,” workforce supervisor Mark Koense instructed Autosport.
“We raced in ELMS and now we’re competing on this planet championship, so IMSA may very well be a logical future ambition, particularly given Frits’ love for America, which is the place he studied and attended races. It has at all times been on his bucket record.
“That is additionally what we communicated in Daytona, which was a incredible expertise. Proper now, although, we’re totally centered on the WEC.
“IMSA has captured our curiosity and we expect it could be nice to race there sooner or later, however we’ve not determined something.”
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The workforce confirms that a double programme can be too time consuming for Van Eerd given his enterprise commitments within the Netherlands.
“Doing WEC and IMSA can be fairly unimaginable due to Frits’ enterprise commitments, so we’d by no means goal racing in two championships on the highest stage,” Koense defined.
“This 12 months, we raced in Daytona on account of COVID-19 stopping us from testing nearly wherever in Europe.
“For us it was a good way to each get a style of IMSA and get the mileage in, and it was loads of enjoyable.
“What the long run will convey, nevertheless, shouldn’t be one thing we’ll determine now. All focus is on the WEC and we stay open-minded on what’s past.”