Last year's World Endurance Championship LMP2 title-winners SMP Racing will switch series and enter the European Le Mans Series for 2015 so the team can test its all-new BR01 chassis.

The Russian team has suffered a series of development delays on its Nissan-powered car, which is being produced by former Peugeot designer Paolo Cantone, and the latest time frame for the BR01 is it will be set for a shakedown in early March.

SMP Racing has therefore decided to enter two cars into ELMS rather than the WEC as previously envisaged.

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Bejamin Durand, SMP Racing managing director, admitted the team are behind its original schedule and have had to adapt its 2015 plans as a result.

Durand says the decision was mainly due to the team wanting to use the ELMS championship to help develop the new car, stating it would be logistically easier for the team, rather than the high traveling costs working across the globe in the WEC.

The team also announced its driver line up for the two ELMS cars. 2010 Formula Renault 3.5 champion Mikhail Aleshin will return after a successful season in IndyCar racing and will team-mate Italian Maurizio Mediani, brothers Anton and Kirill Ladygin and Nicolas Minassian for SMP Racing.

SMP Racing will still race in the WEC with a one-car entry in the GTE-Am class with a Ferrari 458 Italia.