When the Asian Grass is greener

With only one race and a few weeks to go in the current European Le Mans Series season, the French guys of Thiriet by TDS Racing suffer a huge loss in terms of drivers, as the team’s ace Tristan Gommendy ended their contract with immediate effect.

Gommendy was with Thiriet by TDS Racing since the start of the 2014 season after competing in the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans with Signatech Alpine, which was his return to ACO-organized racing since his spell with WR/Salini. With him in the team, Thiriet by TDS Racing acquired a win in the ELMS 4 Hours of Silverstone, as well a second place finish in the LMP2 class of the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans. Also, the team sits currently in third in the ELMS standings, tem points behind class leaders of JOTA Sport, thanks to a win and other two podiums.

The 36-year old driver will now set his sights on Asia, as he moves to Eurasia Motorsport to race in the Asian Le Mans Series, and will be already in the cockpit of their ORECA 03-Nissan in the 2 Hours of Fuji, the first round of the AsLMS 2015/2016 season, alongside William Lok and Tacksung Kim.

Eurasia Motorsport will be the second non-French team where Gommendy will drive an LMP machine after Racing for Holland in 2004, and their goal is to make a move to the FIA World Endurance Championship, which is the reason why Gommendy left Thiriet by TDS Racing.

While a French pro driver left, another French pro driver will fill de void for Thiriet by TDS Racing, as Nicolas Lapierre will be the third driver at Estoril, after playing super sub on KCMG’s ORECA 05 for Nick Tandy on three occasions in FIA WEC, which included a dominant LMP2 class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year.

PHOTOS: Thiriet by TDS Racing, LADA Sport WTCC