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Aussie John Martin receives FIA WEC call-up

Tom Howard

Friday 31st March, 2017 - 11:38am

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John Martin will pilot the G-Drive Racing Oreca at Monza this weekend

John Martin will make a surprise return to the FIA World Endurance Championship beginning at this weekend’s prologue at Monza.

The Australian sportscar ace will join top LMP2 squad G-Drive Racing as a replacement for Brit Alex Lynn in the #26 Oreca-Gibson 07 machine at the famous Italian circuit.

Lynn is unable to contest this weekend’s prologue due to a clash with his FIA Formula E commitments.

The DS Virgin Racing driver is set to participate in the fourth round of the all electric series in Mexico.

Martin is also expected to be recalled for July’s Nurburgring 6 Hour (July 14-16) with Lynn due to contest the New York Formula E double header.

He will share the car with Roman Rusinov and Pierre Thiriet.

“Got a office upgrade for the weekend can’t wait to do a couple of laps with David Leach and Roman Rusinov at Autodromo Nazionale Monza,” read a post on John Martin’s Facebook page.

The Queenslander is a familiar face at G-Drive Racing having helped the team to third in the 2013 FIA WEC after scoring four wins alongside Mike Conway and Rusinov.

Since competing in WEC, Martin has raced in the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia, before spearheading Walkinshaw Racing’s Australian GT Championship campaign last season.

The 32-year-old helped guide a Walkinshaw Porsche to fourth overall in February’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, which secured the Amateur class.

The FIA WEC Prologue will begin tomorrow.

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