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John Booth and Graeme Lowdon set up Manor WEC team

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Manor founders John Booth and Graeme Lowdon have returned to racing with a new LMP2 team, which will race in the World Endurance Championship and the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Booth and Lowdon set up the Manor F1 team in 2010 and ran it until the end of last year when a difference of opinion with new owner Stephen Fitzpatrick saw them resign from their positions. The pair have teamed up again to bring the Manor name to WEC where they will compete in the LMP2 category with an ORECA chassis and Nissan engine.

"We are delighted to be joining the World Endurance Championship," team principal Booth said. "It is a fantastic series that visits iconic tracks all over the world. The level of competition is very high and we are really looking forward to racing again.

"The LMP2 class is specifically designed for teams independent of manufacturers and/or engine suppliers which places the focus firmly on how the team performs.

"I can't wait to see the car running now. We have lots to do but we have a great team of people to get it all done"

Graeme Lowdon, sporting director, added: "It's really great to be racing again and the FIA World Endurance Championship provides a fantastic challenge for us.Pre-season testing starts soon and there is a lot to do but we have never been afraid of a bit of hard work.

"There is a real buzz within the team at the moment, we have enjoyed great support from the fans over the last few months and we are very keen for them to get fully involved in what we are doing. We all have a great passion for motorsport and we are keen to share that passion."