Stevens moves to WEC with Manor

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For­mer For­mula 1 driver Will Stevens will race in the World En­durance Cham­pi­onship this sea­son with Manor.

The Bri­ton missed out on an F1 drive for 2016 and will in­stead join John Booth and Graeme Low­don in switch­ing to sportscars. He will drive in the LMP2 class, with Manor de­cid­ing to run two ORECANis­san 05s this year in­stead of the one orig­i­nally planned.

“The op­por­tu­nity to con­tinue my re­la­tion­ship with Graeme and John was one that I was very pleased to ac­cept,” said Stevens.

“It gives me a great chance to ex­plore en­durance rac­ing, be com­pet­i­tive and go rac­ing with peo­ple I en­joyed work­ing with last year so I’m look­ing for­ward to it.

“My ob­jec­tive is to have a num­ber of top-level ca­reer choices go­ing for­ward, and to be able to gain ex­pe­ri­ence in en­durance rac­ing will hope­fully open up my ca­reer prospects.”

run­ner-up to Ben Bar­ni­coat.

Scott also ex­plored op­tions do­mes­ti­cally as well as rac­ing in Amer­ica and Ja­pan, but felt his de­ci­sion to re­main with AVF had been a shrewd one.

“Head­ing into my se­cond sea­son I know how the car is set up and how it works, which is a big ad­van­tage,” he said. “It puts me that step ahead for the com­ing year.”

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