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Manor has be­come the first team to join up with Ginetta’s new LMP1 ven­ture, and will field a car in the World En­durance Cham­pi­onship in 2018.

Manor first en­tered the WEC in 2016 after Graeme Low­don and John Booth parted com­pany with the For­mula 1 team of the same name.

Manor WEC fielded a brace of LMP2 ORECAS last year, and will con­tinue to do so this sea­son be­fore ex­pand­ing into the P1 cat­e­gory with Ginetta’s new de­sign in 2018.

Low­don said: “With what is hap­pen­ing in P1 at the mo­ment, we be­lieve that 2018 could be the right time to en­ter as a pri­va­teer. We’ve been talk­ing to Ginetta for some time and think that a P1 pro­gramme will play to our strengths as a group that has pre­vi­ously built its own cars.

“As al­ways, it is sub­ject to fi­nance, but if we don’t start work­ing on our plans now, it won’t hap­pen.”

Low­don added that he saw the LMP1 pro­gramme as an ex­pan­sion of Manor WEC, and that the team was plan­ning to stick with P2 for the fore­see­able fu­ture also.

“We see P1 as an ad­di­tion and not an al­ter­na­tive,” he added. “We are com­mit­ted to LMP2 and it is our main fo­cus for 2017.”

Manor’s two-car WEC en­try is ex­pected to be of­fi­cially an­nounced on Fe­bru­ary 2.

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