Sportscars »

WEC: Bird, Evans and Stanaway land LMP1 tests

Sam Bird, Mitch Evans and Richie Stanaway are rewarded with tests in LMP1 machinery at the end of the year.
Sam Bird, Mitch Evans and Richie Stanaway have been rewarded with LMP1 tests at the end of the season after being earmarked by promoters for their achievements in 2015.

Determined by the promoters of endurance racing championships around the world, including the FIA and the ACO, the trio will be given mileage in Porsche, Audi and Toyota machinery as part of end-of-season testing in Bahrain next month.

Bird gets the nod after a successful transition from GT to LMP2 racing, where he is currently in dispute for the title driving the G-Drive Ligier alongside Roman Rusinov and Julian Canal.

Kiwi duo Evans and Stanaway – who compete in the GP2 Series – have impressed during their occasional outings with JOTA Sport in LMP2 and Aston Martin in the GT class, with both catching the eye for impressive performances at the Le Mans 24 Hours in particular.

“Of the many potential candidates we considered for selection, these three have shown outstanding performances which we considered merited the test drives in Bahrain. Sam Bird, Mitch Evans and Richie Stanaway have all come from GP2, and we respect that Sam has made the full commitment this year to endurance racing.

“Mitch's excellent performance at Spa and Le Mans brought him very much to our attention, while Richie has not failed to impress in the Aston Martin. Moving from LMGTE Am to the Pro category, he has demonstrated how it is possible to progress through the categories, just as it is possible for drivers to follow a career path through endurance racing's different levels. We congratulate them on their selection and we wish them every success at the test.”

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Sam Bird
Sam Bird G-Drive Racing Ligier JS P2 Nissan

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.