Vandoorne was attributable to get his first probability to pattern the Peugeot 9X8 LMH automotive on the Bahrain Worldwide Circuit on Sunday, a day after the title-deciding WEC eight-hour spherical of the 2022 season.
However following second follow for the weekend on Thursday, Peugeot introduced that the reigning Formulation E champion is not going to be current for the check after being identified with appendicitis.
The staff plans to switch the Belgian driver in its check line-up within the coming days.
“Resulting from appendicitis, Stoffel Vandoorne is not going to take part within the FIA WEC rookie check day at Bahrain, 13 November,” the French producer stated in an announcement.
“Crew Peugeot TotalEnergies needs him a speedy restoration. The brand new organisation of the line-up will probably be revealed within the subsequent days.”
Vandoorne was attributable to share the #93 Peugeot 9X8 with full-season driver Mikkel Jensen as a part of a schedule that might have seen him take over driving duties after Jensen had accomplished the preliminary laps.
Peugeot discovered about Vandoorne’s situation late on Thursday, just some hours earlier than it introduced that he received’t be capable to participate within the annual post-season check.
Stoffel Vandoorne, Mercedes-Benz EQ, 2nd place, celebrates on arrival in Parc Ferme after securing the world championship title
Picture by: Andrew Ferraro / Motorsport Photographs
It’s unclear what sort of remedy he would require or when he’ll be capable to return to the wheel of a racing automotive.
Vandoorne just isn’t in Bahrain as he was not scheduled to reach within the Gulf nation till later within the week to start preparations for a primary run in a prototype automotive of any sort since his full-season WEC marketing campaign with JOTA in 2021.
Vandoorne had earned an opportunity to check the Peugeot LMH automotive after becoming a member of sister model DS to defend his Formulation E title in 2023, the primary 12 months of the sequence’ Gen3 guidelines.
Fellow Formulation E driver Maximilian Guenther, who will race for one more Stellantis model Maserati within the 2023 season, will even be making an look within the rookie check on Sunday.
Guenther is because of share the #94 Peugeot with two-time WTCR title winner Yann Ehrlacher and 19-year-old Malthe Jakobsen.
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