Porsche has confirmed Neel Jani will race for its works FIA Formula E team upon its entry to the all-electric championship in late 2019.

Jani has been a long-standing member of Porsche's factory driver line-up, racing for its LMP1 team between 2014 and 2017. The Swiss racer won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2016, as well as taking the FIA World Endurance Championship title in the same year.

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Jani signed to race for Dragon Racing in Formula E last season, only to quit the team after the opening round in Hong Kong, but will return to the series next year after being named as Porsche's first driver.

"I’m very much looking forward to the new task. Being part of an entirely new Porsche Motorsport programme for the second time, right from the beginning, means a lot to me," Jani said.

"The technical and driving challenges are huge and our strong Formula E opponents have a significant advantage in experience. There is a lot of work ahead of us and I can’t wait for the roll-out."

"Without doubt, Neel is the right man for our new technologically trendsetting programme,” says Fritz Enzinger, Vice President Porsche Motorsport.

“Not only does he contribute speed, but he has a huge amount of single-seater experience. He has already driven in Formula E and is well established in Weissach as a development driver."

Porsche is set to begin running its new Formula E car in March 2019 ahead of its racing debut in the closing stages of the year.

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