Sam Bird, Mitch Evans and Richie Stanaway have been rewarded with LMP1 tests at the end of the season after being earmarked by promoters for their achievements in 2015.

Determined by the promoters of endurance racing championships around the world, including the FIA and the ACO, the trio will be given mileage in Porsche, Audi and Toyota machinery as part of end-of-season testing in Bahrain next month.

Bird gets the nod after a successful transition from GT to LMP2 racing, where he is currently in dispute for the title driving the G-Drive Ligier alongside Roman Rusinov and Julian Canal.

Kiwi duo Evans and Stanaway - who compete in the GP2 Series - have impressed during their occasional outings with JOTA Sport in LMP2 and Aston Martin in the GT class, with both catching the eye for impressive performances at the Le Mans 24 Hours in particular.

"Of the many potential candidates we considered for selection, these three have shown outstanding performances which we considered merited the test drives in Bahrain. Sam Bird, Mitch Evans and Richie Stanaway have all come from GP2, and we respect that Sam has made the full commitment this year to endurance racing.

"Mitch's excellent performance at Spa and Le Mans brought him very much to our attention, while Richie has not failed to impress in the Aston Martin. Moving from LMGTE Am to the Pro category, he has demonstrated how it is possible to progress through the categories, just as it is possible for drivers to follow a career path through endurance racing's different levels. We congratulate them on their selection and we wish them every success at the test."



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