Vergne to enter WEC with Manor LMP2 team
17 March 2017 – Ex-Formula 1 driver Jean-Éric Vergne will contest the LMP2 class of the World Endurance Championship with CEFC Manor TRS Racing in 2017, it has been announced.
Vergne, who raced in F1 with Toro Rosso from 2012-2014, has recently been competing in the all-electric Formula E series, and currently represents the Techeetah squad.
The Frenchman, 26, will now try his hand at endurance racing with a full WEC campaign, including the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans.
He will combine the WEC and Formula E moving forward.
"I'm extremely happy to join CEFC Manor TRS Racing for the WEC season," said Vergne.
"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!"
Graeme Lowdon, President and Sporting Director at CEFC Manor TRS Racing, added: "We are very happy to welcome Jean-Éric to the team.
"He is a very talented driver that we have followed over the years as we have raced alongside him in Formula 1.
"We are really looking forward to starting the season and working together with Jean-Éric and I hope that, together, we will have a really successful year."