Reip gets second ZEOD seat

Wolfgang Reip has been given the second seat in the Nissan ZEOD RC for the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours.

26-year-old Reip, who won the 2012 edition of Nissan GT Academy, will join 2008 winner Lucas Ordóñez in the Garage 56 Le Mans entry after impressing Nissan in his FIA World Endurance Championship début in Bahrain driving the Greaves-Zytek LMP2 entry.

“Every time we have given Wolfgang another opportunity he has grabbed it with open arms; he really opened everyone’s eyes with his LMP2 pace in Bahrain,” said Nissan’s Global Motorsport boss Darren Cox.

“Not only has he been fast but he is a quick learner and his technical feedback has been quite exceptional.”

Reip, who has said driving the ZEOD is “nothing like he’s driven before,” said: “I’m very proud to have been selected to join Lucas as part of the driver line up for the ZEOD RC. I have tried to make the most of the opportunities I have had as a Nismo athlete and it is very rewarding that I have been able to do well so far and open up more great opportunities.

“Le Mans is one of the most famous tracks in the world. I have had the chance to drive at Spa-Francorchamps and Bathurst in the past year but now to get the chance to race at Le Mans is fantastic – I’m really looking forward to it.”

The ZEOD’s third driver will be announced in the near future.