GP2 star Mitch Evans has joined 2014 Le Mans LMP2 winners Jota Sport for his sportscar debut and will compete at the 6 Hours of Spa race and the Le Mans 24 Hour race alongside Simon Dolan and Nick Yelloly.

The New Zealander replaces regular JOTA driver Filip Albuquerque, who will compete in Audi Sport Team Joest's third car at Spa and Le Mans in the LMP1 category.

The 20-year-old has recently begun pre-season testing with his Russian Time team ahead of the new GP2 season, where last season he finished fourth in the drivers' standings. Evans, who claimed the GP3 title in 2012, says racing at Le Mans has always been on his bucket list.

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"I've never raced a sportscar and only drove one for the very first time last month but I don't see this an issue," Evans said. "I'll use my single-seater experience to get to grips with the LM P2 sports-prototype as fast as possible. I've followed sportscar racing for many years and Le Mans has always been on my bucket list."

Evans joins JOTA Sport who finished second in Spa before grabbing its maiden Le Mans victory to cap a very successful 2014 campaign. The young driver has enjoyed his first run with the Nissan-powered Gibson 015S at the Aragon circuit in February.

"My aim at Spa will be to learn this new style of racing and gaining experience with driver changes. For Le Mans, the goal will be to help JOTA win LM P2 again," Evans added.

"I visited Le Mans for the first time last year and honestly didn't realise the size of the event - in terms of the track itself and the spectacle as a whole. I'd watched it previously on television but you cannot appreciate the magnitude of the event until you actually visit the place. I can't wait to experience my first laps around there at the test in May. I am so excited and can't wait to get started."

Team founder and co-driver Simon Dolan feels Evans is a perfect addition to defend the team's LMP2 crown at Le Mans and holds the young driver is very high regards.

"I'm very excited to welcome Mitch to JOTA Sport. He is without doubt one of the best young single-seater drivers out there," Dolan said. "With a proven track record of speed and bringing a car home in one piece. I'm sure he'll adjust quickly to sportscar racing and I am certain he'll fit in with JOTA Sport immediately."