Mikhail Aleshin is being primed for a switch to the World Endurance Championship in 2015 after running into difficulties with funding relating to economic struggles in his native Russia.

The former Formula Renault 3.5 Champion became the first Russian driver to compete in the Indianapolis 500 last season en route to 16th overall and though a horrendous crash at Fontana left him nursing rib, collarbone, chest injuries and a concussion, he has since made a full recovery.

However, a second season with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports is apparently out of the question due to the current economic climate in Russia. Despite this, Aleshin still has good options for 2015 and is being lined up to race in the World Endurance Championship LMP2 class instead with Russian outfit SMP Racing.

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SMP Racing clinched the WEC LMP2 title with owner-driver Sergey Zlobin in 2014, but ahead of what is expected to be a much more competitive field for 2015, the firm is pushing ahead with its self-developed prototype.

Named the BR01, in a nod to its development partners BR Engineering, the new car is expected to be driven by the established driver line-up of Nicolas Minassian, Mika Salo and Maurizio Mediani, as well as the incoming Aleshin. Zlobin, who was the sole title winner, has not decided whether to continue racing.

"Mikhail will be our prize driver in the WEC in LMP2," Zlobin told Russian publication Sportbox.ru. "In this case, he will drive our own car, which we are now building and is currently being tested. Hopefully in the future we will not just win the championship, but we will win our machine."

Should SMP Racing bring its BR01 to the grid in 2015, it will strengthen an already enticing LMP2 field, which features anticipated entries from ESM with a pair of new HPD-ARX04bs, the much delayed S103-DOME prepared by Strakka Racing and most likely a number of Ligier JS P2's following a successful debut in 2014.