Former Manor F1 driver Will Stevens has replaced Nathanael Berthon as the third driver in the #26 G-Drive Racing ORECA 05-Nissan for this year's Le Mans 24 Hours.
The British driver, who currently competes for Manor in the World Endurance Championship, will step in alongside Roman Rusinov and Rene Rast for Le Mans after Berthon's partnership was ended with the JOTA squad-run G-Drive team just three weeks from the prestigious endurance race.
Stevens, who also competes in Blancpain GT Series in an Audi R8 LMS alongside Rast, is relishing the opportunity and feels his previous experience with Rast will make the transition easier.
“The offer to join G-Drive specifically for Le Mans and share the car with Rene and Roman was compelling,” Stevens said. “My partnership with Rene at WRT Audi is working well and with his and Roman's experience in this race, it offered me a race winning opportunity which I'm pleased to accept.
“I'm grateful to the Manor WEC Team for releasing me for this occasion and we will continue to work together for the remainder of their first season in endurance racing.
“I'm very much looking forward to my first 24-hour race within this line-up and am very grateful to G-Drive for the opportunity. I'm enjoying the whole endurance racing scene and no doubt my first Le Mans will be a special event in my career.”
Stevens will only compete for G-Drive at Le Mans and will return to Manor for the remainder of the WEC season.