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Vergne joins World Endurance Championship with Manor

Focus | Drivers

  • Vergne will join Formula E rival Buemi in the WEC
  • 2017 will be Manor's second season in the LMP2 category

Jean-Eric Vergne will make his debut in the World Endurance Championship this year after joining LMP2 squad Manor, combining his duties with Formula E.

The Frenchman, who currently drives for Techeetah in the all-electric series, had previously stated his desire to race in WEC and is now set for his first endurance event alongside new team-mates Tor Graves, Roberto Gonzalez, Simon Trummer and Jonathan Hirschi.

He joins fellow Formula E drivers in the WEC such as Sebastien Buemi, Jose Maria Lopez and Nelson Piquet Jr.

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

Manor sporting director Graeme Lowdon praised his new signing and hopes for strong results with the Frenchman.

“We are very happy to welcome Jean-Eric to the team. He is a very talented driver that we have followed over the years as we have raced alongside him in F1.

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

With the 6 Hours of Nurburgring set to clash with the double-header New York ePrix, Vergne is expected to prioritise his commitments to Techeetah in Formula E.

Topher Smith | e-racing.net

Images courtesy of FIA Formula E Media
WEC image courtesy of Rajan Jangda

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