Alex Lynn tar­get­ing full-time WEC switch

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Bri­tish sin­gle-seater ace Alex Lynn is aim­ing for a World En­durance Cham­pi­onship seat for 2017, and is an­gling for an LMP1 out­ing at Le Mans.

Lynn has split his du­ties as Wil­liams F1 de­vel­op­ment driver with a cam­paign in GP2 this year, fin­ish­ing sixth in the points. The 23-year-old an­nounced that the re­cent sea­son fi­nale in Abu Dhabi would be his last GP2 race as he chases a dif­fer­ent ca­reer path.

Lynn made his WEC de­but in the LMP2 di­vi­sion this year, con­test­ing three rounds with the Manor team. He tested with As­ton Martin Rac­ing re­cently and drove a Toy­ota TS040 LMP1 last year.

“Sportscars is what I want to do now,” said Lynn. “I’ve en­joyed my three races in the WEC, as well as the test with As­ton Martin, and it is where I would like to stay. It’s about get­ting an op­por­tu­nity some­where, hope­fully in a fac­tory team, and be­ing paid to race. LMP1 or GTE is where I would like to be rac­ing next year.”

Both Toy­ota and Porsche have hinted that they could each field three cars at Le Mans next year to bol­ster the grid in the wake of Audi’s shock with­drawal. Lynn has strong links with Toy­ota through his men­tor, former driver Alex Wurz, who is an ad­vi­sor to the Ja­panese brand.

When asked if he thought he would have a chance to race LMP1 at Le Mans, Lynn replied: “It all de­pends on how many cars the man­u­fac­tur­ers run at Le Mans, and it doesn’t take much to imag­ine which one I am tar­get­ing [a seat with].”

Lynn tested with As­ton Martin, and has driven LMP1 Toy­ota

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