Mikkel Jensen will get a key role at G-Drive Racing in 2020.
The young Dane has signed a contract with the Russian squad for the European Le Mans Series 2020 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, plus the FIA World Endurance Championship race at Spa Francorchamps, which the team uses as a warm-up for Le Mans.
Jensen will share the car with Roman Rusinov throughout the season, while Jean-Eric Vergne only will do Le Mans for the team. The former Formula 1 driver and double Formula E Championship has chosen to prioritize the electric series higher than ELMS, but doesn’t want to miss the 24 hours classic.
It’s still not announced who will be in the car for the 6 remaining races of the season.
G-Drive Racing has been active in sportscars in almost 10 years, where the only constant has been Roman Rusinov basically always being one of the drivers in the orange cars. They have teamed up with JOTA and Graff among others, but their current choice is TDS Racing, where they race for the third season, thanks to a lot of Russian ruble.
Some of these ruble comes from the Aurus brand, who has bought the naming rights to the car, so it’s officially called an Aurus 01 Gibson, even though it’s exactly the same as all the other ORECA 07 Gibson cars on the grid.
Mikkel Jensen was a part of the Eurointernational LMP3 championship winning crew in 2019 ELMS, after a very tough season on and off the track for the team. He raced a few years for AT Racing in their LMP3 prior to that, so he is becoming a bit of a veteran in the ELMS, despite him only having started racing 9 years ago.
Another huge plus to Jensen, other than his amazing speed, is his FIA Silver Ranking, which makes him very interesting for LMP2 and GTE Am teams, who are always on the hunt for rapid silver drivers. But no doubt that G-Drive Racing is one of the best options out there, for a young driver, since they are a very professional combo with TDS Racing, running right at the front of the field.
The European Le Mans Series 2020 is scheduled to start with their official testing on 30-31 March in Barcelona, before their first round will run on 5 April – as long as the virus issues has calmed down again.