Will Stevens Moves to Manor WEC Lineup

Ex-Formula 1 driver Will Stevens will join Manor for its inaugural FIA World Endurance Championship campaign.

The 24 year old Briton, who made 18 grand prix starts for Manor last year, will make his sportscar debut with the LMP2 team.

Manor has also confirmed that it will expand its WEC entry with a second Oreca 05-Nissan.

“Everything has moved very quickly since we first announced that we would be entering the 2016 World Endurance Championship,” said team principal John Booth. “It is great news to be running an additional ORECA 05 LM P2, we can’t wait to get started with the season at The Prologue at the end of March.”

“It’s great that Will is joining the team, we know his talent and speed from working with him over the last few years in Formula 1 and we are all really looking forward to going racing with him.”

Stevens’ team-mates will be announced in the near future, with the team promising a number of announcements before the Prologue test at Paul Ricard.

“The opportunity to continue my relationship with Graeme [Lowdon] and John was one that I was very pleased to accept,” added Stevens. “It gives me a great chance to explore endurance racing, be competitive and go racing with people I enjoyed working with last year so I’m looking forward to it.

“My objective is to have a number of top level career choices going forward, and to be able to gain experience in endurance racing will hopefully open up my career prospects. I want to keep very busy, enjoy my racing and do some winning and I’m confident that by working again with Manor in WEC I’ll achieve all of those things.”