Jean-Eric Vergne will make his FIA World Endurance Championship debut in 2017 with the CEFC Manor TRS Racing team, with an announcement being made on Friday.

Vergne raced for Toro Rosso in Formula 1 between 2012 and 2014 before moving into Formula E, where he currently competes for the Techeetah team.

Vergne balance his Formula E commitments with a reserve role at Ferrari's F1 team in 2015 and 2016, but has now stepped away from this in order to move into sportscars.

Vergne will join up with the Manor operation run by Graeme Lowdon and John Booth, both of whom were involved in Manor's F1 interest until the end of 2015.

"I'm extremely happy to join CEFC Manor TRS Racing for the WEC season. Endurance racing and especially the 24 Hours of Le Mans is something that has been more and more on my mind lately," Vergne said.

"I couldn't ask for more than to start this experience with such a great team. I can't wait to be behind the wheel and bring my motivation to the team to achieve great results together!"

"We are very happy to welcome Jean-?ric to the team," sporting director Lowdon added. "He is a very talented driver that we have followed over the years as we have raced alongside him in Formula 1.

"We are really looking forward to starting the season and working together with Jean-?ric and I hope that, together, we will have a really successful year."

Vergne slots into a Manor line-up that also includes Tor Graves, Simon Trummer, Roberto Gonzalez and Jonathan Hirschi.

The new WEC season gets underway on April 16 at Silverstone.


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