G-Drive Racing has been at the forefront of LMP2 racing in recent years both in the FIA WEC and in the European Le Mans Series, where the team — run in 2017 by DragonSpeed and this year with TDS Racing — are double title winners. Now, the ambitious squad is understood to be considering adding an in-house developed DPi program to its sportscar commitments.
G-Drive is a Russian fuel station brand, part of the GazProm energy company. Its ‘face’ in the sport is senior employee Roman Rusinov, whose sportscar racing heritage goes back to the start of the Le Mans Endurance Series back in 2004. More recently the brand has pinballed between a number of teams including Jota Sport, OAK Racing and ADR Delta.
G-Drive with TDS Racing is still finalizing plans for 2019, which are expected to include an ELMS return, a likely repeat appearance at the Spa FIA WEC race — where it won last year — and an appearance at Le Mans (courtesy of its ELMS title win) A decision on whether to run a full season in the FIA WEC for 2019-20 has yet to be made, alongside the possibility of a 2020 entry in the IMSA Weathertech SportsCar Championship.
Multiple sources confirm that should the plan be green-lit, it will involve an ORECA chassis, the 4.5-liter LMP1 version of the Gibson V8 and a branding/styling deal with a Russian OEM.