Reigning GP2 Series champion Fabio Leimer will turn to sportscar racing in 2014 after securing a deal to drive with Rebellion Racing in the World Endurance Championship and the Le Mans 24 Hours.
The Swiss driver, who secured the GP2 Series title for Racing Engineering in 2013 after prevailing in a last round battle with Sam Bird, had looked towards F1 for the new year but would fail to secure either a drive or a test/reserve role.
As such, Leimer will instead forge ties with fellow Swiss outfit Rebellion Racing, joining a line-up that also consists of former F1 driver Nick Heidfeld and Nicolas Prost.
Driving the Toyota-powered Lola B12/60 in the LMP1 class, a category that also includes the 'big factory three' of Audi, Toyota and Porsche in 2014, Leimer is thrilled to be getting his shot at a high profile drive.
"I'm really happy to be part of the REBELLION Racing team. As a Swiss driver, I'm proud to be involved in a Swiss team. I can't wait to race in the FIA WEC and Le Mans 24 Hours. I'm open to learn everything that will help me to be at my best in endurance racing. The whole test at the WEC Prologue in Le Castellet was really positive.
“We improved a lot, I drove plenty of laps and I began to find my driving style with the car. I have more confidence and I can push much more. But I know that there is a lot of work to do before delivering my best driving in these cars. I'll be able to say much more after the first race."