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Nelson Piquet confirms GRC exit

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Nelson Piquet Jr. has revealed he won’t be returning to Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship for a fourth season this year, choosing to focus on FIA Formula E and the FIA World Endurance Championship instead.

The Brazilian, who made his rallycross debut at X Games Brazil in 2013, has driven for SH Racing since 2014. He took his, and the team’s first rallycross win at the Washington DC round of last year’s championship.

Speaking at the opening round of the World Endurance Championship at Silverstone last weekend, Piquet confirmed to theCheckeredFlag.co.uk, his exit from the series, saying: “No not this year, [there is] too many clashes.”

The reigning Formula E champion will continue to race in the all-electric series, alongside a WEC campaign with Rebellion Racing. His endurance racing season got off to a great start at Silverstone with a second place finish in the privateer LMP1 class.

However, the former F1 driver refused to rule out a return to Red Bull GRC but admitted that it all depends on how his packed schedule works out.

“It all depends on schedule,” he said. “there was just too many clashes with this [WEC] and Formula E.”

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Dominik Wilde is a professional motorsport and motoring writer that has covered events in both the UK and USA. His main focus for the Checkered Flag is covering Americas Rallycross and Nitro Rallycross.
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