Manor has added FIA European Formula 3 championship graduate Matt Rao to its World Endurance Champioship driver line-up in LMP2.
Rao finished runner-up in the 2014 British Formula 3 championship before stepping into the European series and went on to impress during his debut on an LMP2 machine at the 2015 end-of-season rookie test in Bahrain.
The 21-year-old joins the already announced Will Stevens, James Jakes and Tor Graves at the new-look Manor who will enter two Oreca 05-Nissans for the full LMP2 championship.
“I'm really pleased to be a part of this exciting new challenge with Manor, they have a fantastic reputation, and I know that their experience and professionalism will deliver great results,” Rao said. “LMP2 has become an ultra-competitive series which is full of top quality drivers and teams. I am looking forward to the Prologue and driving the ORECA 05 for the first time.”
Manor team principal John Booth, who joined the team from the F1 MRT squad, is delighted to welcome another promising youngster and is confident the 21-year-old will adapt to his new environment with ease.
“Manor has a history of working with some great young drivers and we are delighted to welcome another talented youngster to the team,” Booth said. “Matt is a very exciting prospect, last year's WEC Rookie test provided him with an opportunity to get to grips with LM P2 machinery for the first time and we are now looking forward to going racing with him in 2016 and seeing what results we can achieve together.”