Five significant LMP2 driver changes have been made for the WEC’s season finale in Bahrain at Manor, ESM and G-Drive Racing.
Fuji and Shanghai winners G-Drive Racing will be welcoming back the familiar face of Audi factory star Rene Rast who has been on DTM duty for the past two rounds. At Fuji and Shanghai, Rast’s seat was filled by former Manor F1 and WEC driver Will Stevens, who will be without a drive for the finale.
For Manor, the #45 Oreca will see Roberto Merhi rejoin the team after missing Shanghai, and race alongside 2015 WEC LMP2 Drivers Champion Julien Canal who is making his first appearance in the series this season. The duo will share the Oreca with Roberto Gonzalez who raced for Manor last time out in Shanghai, and on home soil in Mexico City.
And in the Extreme Speed Motorsports camp, 25-year-old Tom Dillmann will drive the team’s #30 KFC-liveried Ligier. The Frenchman raced in the WEC twice in 2015, winning the 6 Hours of Shanghai on his debut, and this month became 2016 Formula V8 Champion, a series set to support the FIA WEC at several rounds in 2017.
“It’s good to be back in the WEC, especially with Jagoya Ayam and Sean,” said Dillmann. “I had a couple of good races there last year, winning in my LMP2 debut with Alpine. It’s a good place to be and a good opportunity to show myself after winning the Formula V8 3.5 Title and preparing 2017.”
Dillmann will share driving duties with Sean Gelael and Giedo van der Garde – who is also back after racing for the team at Fuji.