Former Marussia F1 driver Max Chilton will switch to the World Endurance Championship and make his Le Mans 24 Hours debut in 2015 after being named as the latest addition to Nissan's sportscar driver line-up.

The GP2 Series race winner, who spent two seasons in F1 with Marussia, had been left without a drive after the team went into administration towards the end of 2014, though it is currently on course to make a return to the grid for 2015.

Nonetheless, Chilton will turn now his attention to premier sportscar racing in 2015 after penning a deal to join Nissan's burgeoning LMP1 and Le Mans effort alongside former F1 driver Marc Gene, Michael Krumm, Olivier Pla, Jann Mardenborough and Harry Tincknell.

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"I'm honoured to have been asked to join a manufacturer as prestigious as Nissan in a championship that is growing year on year," said Chilton. "Le Mans has always had an amazing following and to be racing there as a works driver is a dream come true.

"My aim has always been to race at the highest level and the technology that has gone into the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO is as impressive as a Formula 1 car. Having met with the team and seen first-hand the dedication and desire to win that exists within this project I can't wait to get on track."

The unusual front-engined, front-wheel drive Nissan GT-R LM Nismo will make its race debut at the Silverstone 6 Hours in May ahead of the eight-round WEC season, with Nissan set to announce driver partnerships across its two full-time cars in due course. Chilton, Mardenborough, Tincknell and Pla have been testing the car in the USA.

Nissan also announced Alex Bumcombe will drive alongside Lucas Ordonez and Tsugio Matsuda in another Nissan GT-R LM Nismo at the Le Mans 24 Hours as part of a three-strong effort in the endurance event.

"This is a genuine dream come true for me," said Buncombe. "I was shocked when I got the call and I haven't been able to wipe the grin off my face ever since. It's very rewarding being the mentor of the GT Academy winners, especially when I see how much the likes of Lucas (Ordonez) and Jann (Mardenborough) have gone on to achieve.

"Now I'm going to race at Le Mans with them in the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO. I already know a fair amount about the car and I can't wait to have a go. It's a radical design and, as with all new cars it will take some developing and fine-tuning, but it's incredibly exciting and I'm so happy to be on the