Reigning 24 Hours of Le Mans LMP2 champion Richard Bradley has joined Manor for the upcoming 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship.
Bradley, 24, becomes the fourth driver to be announced for Manor’s new sportscar program, joining Will Stevens, James Jakes and Matt Rao.
In 2015 Bradley won the prestigious french endurance race with KCMG team-mates Nicolas Lapierre and Matthew Howson, securing the first victory for Oreca’s 05 chassis. He and Howson carried on in the FIA WEC, supported by Nick Tandy, finishing second in the LMP2 standings. In 2016 Bradley will once again pilot an Oreca 05, this time with Manor.
“I am very happy to be joining Manor for the 2016 WEC,” said Bradley. “It is a project I thought was very interesting when I first heard about it and I am really excited to be working with John [Booth], Graeme [Lowdon] and all the Manor team.”
“Whilst Manor are a new team to endurance racing I believe, with the people and package we have, we should be aiming for race wins from the start and I can’t wait for our home race at Silverstone.”
“We are delighted to welcome Richard to Manor for our first season in WEC,” added Manor team principal John Booth. “Richard brings with him substantial experience of endurance racing including winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans.”
“He understands WEC very well having been in the series for the last few seasons and we are looking forward to racing with him in 2016.”