Lewis Williamson will make his FIA World Endurance Championship debut with LMP2 outfit Strakka Racing at the 6 Hours of the Nurburgring.
The 26 year old will partner Nick Leventis and Jonny Kane in the #42 Gibson 015S-Nissan, replacing Danny Watts in the driver lineup. Team owner Leventis confirmed that Watts will “remain a part of Strakka this season.”
Williamson is one of Strakka Racing’s key junior development drivers, having tested the open top Gibson in Bahrain last November.
The former GP3 Series racer is currently competing in the Renault Sport Trophy for single-make Renault RS.01 GT cars. Despite a disqualification at Imola, Williamson lies second in the Pro standings after three races.
“Strakka has given me a chance very few drivers get and I intend to make the very most of it,” said Williamson.
“I’ve done well in the past at the Nürburgring; picking up a second in GP3 and the Gibson was the fastest car on last year’s test day so I reckon we should in the mix.”
“The weather always plays its part at the Nürburgring and whilst it was hot last year, I know it could also be foggy and raining. You just don’t know.”
The driver change means Strakka Racing will run without its Kane/Watts/Leventis trio for the first time since the 2009 Le Mans Series.
“We are in the process of evaluating all our options for 2017; our race programme, drivers, the lot,” explained team principal Dan Walmsley.
“We felt we could use this weekend to put Lewis in a race weekend and gauge his performance against one of the most competitive LMP2 fields we have witnessed in sportscar racing in recent times.”
“His pace in the R.S.01, his approach in the simulator and his efforts at the factory are worthy of an outing in WEC and we want to see how he performs.”
The 6 Hours of the Nurburgring takes place on July 24.