GT Academy graduate, Wolfgang Reip, will make his LMP2 and FIA World Endurance Championship debut in Bahrain driving for Greaves Motorsport in the eighth and final round.
With the strong relationship between Nissan and the GT Academy graduate program the Nissan Powered Zytek prototype presents the perfect opportunity for the 24 year old Belgium to make his prototype debut. He will follow in the footsteps of previous GT Academy graduates Lucas Ordonez, Jann Mardenborough and Mark Schulzhitskiy in racing with the team.
“My first laps in an LM P2 car will be during Free Practice One in Bahrain,” said Reip. “I have trained in the Nismo Simulator to get a feel for the track so already I have a good grasp of the speed into the corners and the braking points. I have also upped my game in the gym as LMP2 is tougher on the body than GT3 and it will, of course, be hot in Bahrain. It looks like a good track; it has three pretty big straights, a lot of slow corners and three fast ones so it will be a good challenge for me.”
Jon Lancaster will also be joining the team as a FIA WEC debutant following various forrays in GP2, Auto GP and Formula Renault 3.5.
“Well I am overjoyed to get this opportunity,” said Lancaster. “I did a few laps with the team back in 2011 and I took a liking to the Zytek Nissan straight away. It will be a new challenge for me in my first endurance race and sharing a car with two other drivers will be a new experience. I am really looking forward to working with Greaves Motorsport, who have a great record in LMP2 and hopefully impressing them and Nissan to open up a relationship for the future.”
Björn Wirdheim, a familiar face for the team having taken part in three races this season will fill the third seat for the team.
Team Manager Jacob Greaves commented “The whole team is very pleased to have Wolfgang driving for us in Bahrain. We have seen from the performances of Lucas and Jann in the past, and Mark a few weeks ago in China, that the GT Academy graduates are the real deal.
“We tested Jon a while back and has been on our radar ever since then. We are sure that both of our new boys will quickly come to grips with the challenge of LMP2 and the FIA World Endurance Championship.
“It also great to welcome back Björn, who will bring his speed and experience to anchor the trio. We have a very strong line up in the driving seat and we are aiming right for the top in Bahrain.”