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Booth, Lowdon revive Manor for WEC and Le Mans bid

Manor will enter the Le Mans 24 Hours and the World Endurance Championship under the guidance of John Booth and Graeme Lowdon.
The Manor name will be present on the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours and World Endurance Championship grids after John Booth and Graeme Lowdon revealed their new sportscar venture.

Having resigned from their posts at the Manor F1 team, founder Booth and sporting director Lowdon began work on a new project that will see it competing in the LMP2 class of WEC and Le Mans instead.

Set to enter an Oreca 05, the team also confirmed its first signing of Tor Graves, who returns to the Manor fold having competed with the team in Formula 3 and in sportscars almost 20 years ago.

A revival of sorts for Manor outside of F1, having competed in a range of series before its move into F1 under the Virgin Racing guise, Booth is delighted to launching a new ambitious project inn a thriving championship.

“We are delighted to be joining the World Endurance Championship,” said team principal John Booth. “It is a fantastic series that visits iconic tracks all over the world. The level of competition is very high and we are really looking forward to racing again.

“The LMP2 class is specifically designed for teams independent of manufacturers and/or engine suppliers which places the focus firmly on how the team performs.

“I can't wait to see the car running now. We have lots to do but we have a great team of people to get it all done.”

“It's really great to be racing again and the FIA World Endurance Championship provides a fantastic challenge for us,” added Lowdon.

“Pre‐season testing starts soon and there is a lot to do but we have never been afraid of a bit of hard work.

“There is a real buzz within the team at the moment, we have enjoyed great support from the fans over the last few months and we are very keen for them to get fully involved in what we are doing. We all have a great passion for motorsport and we are keen to share that passion.”



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ZEDX

February 05, 2016 8:02 PM

Great! another reason to follow/ watch WEC racing. I'm pleased for them.. Hang on though.... if this WEC car is branded "Manor" how does that fit with the F1 entry ? Did Booth & Lowdon give Fitzpatrick permission to use the name? Perhaps someone can enlighten me?



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