EGT Drivers' Club is growing up, Premat and Reip are newest on the list
The EGT Drivers’ Club, which gathers the drivers for the inaugural season of the Electric GT Championship, is continuing to grow up. Alexandre Premat and Wolfgang Reip are the latest additions to the list that have seventeen names so far. For the 2017 Electric GT Championship, the world’s first 100% zero-emissions GT Championship, a plan is to have twenty drivers in ten teams.
The 34-year-old Frenchman Premat has 17 years of racing career behind him. He was successful in all sorts of racing, starting with stellar single-seater career in which he won 2004 Macau Grand Prix and A1 GP title in season 2006/2006. After that, he was driving for Audi in DTM and endurance racing, winning 2008 Le Mans Series. Since 2012, he was active in the Australia’s V8 Supercars Championship, winning the Enduro Cup last year and recently signed a long-term deal with Team Penske. He has also been involved into the development of Formula E and Formulec electric racing cars.
“I’m thrilled to be racing the Electric GT Championship in 2017. Being a part of this exclusive project is perfect for me. I have a strong knowledge of electric racing cars after previously working with a number of companies to develop their vehicles. EGT is a very exciting championship and I can’t wait to be behind the wheel of their race-prepared Tesla Model S,” Premat said.
The 30-year-old Belgian Reip emerged from the Nissan GT Academy, beating 830,000 online racers to earn a factory drive with Nissan in 2012. After that, he collected many starts with Nissan-powered prototypes and GT cars, reaching a peak in 2015, when he was Blancpain Endurance Series winner and Bathurst 12 Hour winner.
“My two biggest passions are racing and looking at renewable alternatives to petrol, so I knew instantly that I wanted to be a part of the incredible EGT Championship. The organisers are ambitious and forward-thinking, so I believe the series will be very exciting, with races on the best European tracks. I can’t wait to get behind the wheel because I’ve seen how quick the Tesla Model S is and how well it handles! After completing the first fully-electric lap at Le Mans, I look forward to take part in the inaugural zero-emissions GT championship,” Reip said.