Manor has completed the driver line-up for its burgeoning World Endurance Championship and Le Mans 24 Hours effort with the signing of James Jakes.
Completing an all British driver trio, Jakes has been signed alongside experienced sportscar racer Tor Graves and former F1 driver Will Stevens, who was confirmed earlier this week.
All former Manor alumni, Jakes competed with the John Booth-helmed team in the Formula 3 Euroseries in 2007, but has more recently raced in the IndyCar Series, the 28 year-old finishing 16th overall in 2015 having scored his first podium. However, he is delighted to be trying his hand at sportscars.
“I'm delighted to be joining Manor WEC Team. I've known John for many years and when the opportunity came up to work together again I couldn't have been happier. To have the chance to go endurance racing competitively on some of the greatest tracks in the world, I'm very excited.
“I have been racing in the USA for the past 4 seasons and to start back up again at Silverstone where it all began for me is just icing on the cake. It's going to be a very busy few weeks leading up The Prologue and the first race, but I have every faith that we will be fighting for some good finishes this season.”
Having split away from the F1 team of the same name, Booth and Graeme Lowdon are launching their sportscar bid in the LMP2 class, with a Le Mans 24 Hours debut coming with the World Endurance Championship entry.
“It is great to welcome James back to Manor, another talent to our growing driver line up. It will be good to pick up where we left off following successful seasons with James in both Formula 3 and GP3 series. I have had some good results with James in the past and hope to carry this onto