Manor TRS Racing has confirmed it will step up to the LMP1 class for the 2018-19 ‘super season’ in the World Endurance Championship after securing a partnership with Ginetta.

After Ginetta announced its intention to provide an LMP1 chassis to prospective teams earlier this year, Manor were touted as a strong favourite to take up the role which has been confirmed just one day after DragonSpeed also revealed its plans to move up to the LMP1 class for next season.

The news was confirmed ahead of the 6 Hours of Shanghai this weekend while its engine provider and driver line-up is set to be announced at a later date.

Graeme Lowdon, Manor Endurance Racing sporting director, is thrilled to take on the LMP1 class, which is set to lose Porsche at the end of 2017 having already seen Audi exit the sport 12 months ago, and believes its experience gained in LMP2 and in Formula 1 will provide a useful platform to work from for 2018-19.

“I think that the LMP1 category provides a fantastic challenge for us but we can rely on a lot of experience gained over the years, in particular those spent in Formula 1, relating to the management of the design, research, testing and development processes that are so important for a successful LMP1 team,” Lowdon said.

“We are very happy to be entering the LMP1 category of the FIA World Endurance Championship. We have been learning this championship for the last two years and we are confident that the time is now right for us to step up to the LMP1 category,” John Booth, Manor’s team principal, added. “We have known the people at Ginetta for many years and we believe that, working together, we will be able to develop a competitive LMP1 package.”

Ginetta cars Chairman Lawrence Tomlinson sees Manor has an ideal partner to enter LMP1 with given its ambitions but is expecting “one of the toughest technical challenges”.

“I am delighted with the confirmation of the selection by TRS Racing and Manor Endurance Racing of the Ginetta LMP1 for their programme,” Tomlinson said. “The opportunities for all involved here are tremendous, for Ginetta, for the team, and for their backers.

“To take on endurance racing at this level is one of the toughest technical challenges in the world. It’s great to have a racing partner who relishes those challenges just as much as we do.”