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WEC: Ex-F1 driver Stevens joins Manor WEC effort

Ex-F1 driver Will Stevens will follow Graeme Lowdon and John Booth in joining their burgeoning WEC and Le Mans 24 Hours bid in 2016.
Will Stevens will revive his ties with John Booth and Graeme Lowdon this year after confirming he will be join their burgeoning Manor World Endurance Championship and Le Mans effort.

The British driver, who raced a full season of F1 with the Manor Racing team in 2015, had been seeking an alternative drive after being ousted by Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto in the outfit's overhauled F1 operation.

Indeed, with Booth and Lowdon also exiting Manor F1 after disagreements with the team's owners, they have pursued a new route in sportscars to compete in the LMP2 class of WEC and launch a Le Mans 24 Hours bid, and will take Stevens with them.

The opportunity to continue my relationship with Graeme and John was one that I was very pleased to accept. It gives me a great chance to explore endurance racing, be competitive and go racing with people I enjoyed working with last year so I'm looking forward to it.

“My objective is to have a number of top level career choices going forward, and to be able to gain experience in endurance racing will hopefully open up my career prospects. I want to keep very busy, enjoy my racing and do some winning and I'm confident that by working again with Manor in WEC I'll achieve all of those things.”

Stevens is the second signing to be announced with Manor – after Tor Graves – to drive its Nissan-powered Oreca 05 LMP2 car.

“Everything has moved very quickly since we first announced that we would be entering the 2016 World Endurance Championship,” said Booth. “It is great news to be running an additional ORECA 05 LM P2, we can't wait to get started with the season at The Prologue at the end of March.

“It's great that Will is joining the team, we know his talent and speed from working with him over the last few years in Formula 1 and we are all really looking forward to going racing with him.”



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JedPB67

February 29, 2016 12:33 PM

Could be some potential here for Stevens, similar to McNish, Buemi, Nakajima etc. Not mind blowingly fast in comparrison to others on the F1 grid, but in a sportscar he could be suited to the different mentality required for success.



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