Brendon Leitch is the first driver confirmed to race for Leipert Motorsport in next year’s GT World Challenge Endurance Cup.
The Kiwi is currently in Europe, driving in a handful of Creventic Endurance Races with Leipert.
He finished third in his first race this year – a 12 Hour race at Hockenheim.
Leipert has been absent from the Endurance Cup grid for over a decade.
The German squad last raced in the series in 2011 before switching their priorities to other championships.
The team will run a Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO for the five-round series, including the iconic Spa 24 Hour race.
For Leitch, next year will be his third season as a Lamborghini driver.
In 2019 he competed in the Super Trofeo Asia series before heading to Europe earlier this year as one of 15 Lamborghini Junior GT3 drivers.
Junior drivers race in an array of global GT3 competitions for Lamborghini. They are mentored across their season and assessed at the end of the year.
Some junior drivers then graduate into full-time factory roles.
Leipert’s GT World Challenge campaign centres on continuing to develop select Lamborghini Junior drivers.
Alongside racing, Leitch has an extensive testing programme and is racing in the Dubai 24 Hours later this year to prepare for the next season.
“I’m enjoying putting my skills to the test in endurance racing and although I’m still new to international GT racing I feel I am learning very quickly and adapting well to the strategic and physical challenge of endurance racing,” Leitch said.
“I’m building a solid working relationship with the Leipert team too. It’s going to be great to carry on learning with them this year ahead of this much bigger campaign next season.
“To have everything for next year confirmed so early is also fantastic for me. I can now just concentrate on going out and winning.”