Will Stevens secures drive with Manor WEC team

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Ex-Manor F1 driver Will Stevens has signed a deal to race for the new Manor WEC team, joining his former bosses John Booth and Graeme Lowdon in the endurance racing series.

Manor underwent major changes at the end of last year with team founders Booth and Lowdon disagreeing with new owner Stephen Fitzpatrick over the direction of the team and resigning following the final race. Stevens, who had raced with the team all last year, did not have his contract renewed this season as Fitzpatrick brought in Mercedes reserve Pascal Wehrlein and GP2 race winner Rio Haryanto.

Stevens has now landed a job with the new Manor LMP2 team, which will compete at the Le Mans 24 Hours and has been set up by Booth and Lowdon.

"Everything has moved very quickly since we first announced that we would be entering the 2016 World Endurance Championship," Booth said. "It is great news to be running an additional ORECA 05 LM P2, we can't wait to get started with the season at The Prologue at the end of March. It's great that Will is joining the team, we know his talent and speed from working with him over the last few years in Formula One and we are all really looking forward to going racing with him."

Stevens added: "The opportunity to continue my relationship with Graeme and John was one that I was very pleased to accept. It gives me a great chance to explore endurance racing, be competitive and go racing with people I enjoyed working with last year so I'm looking forward to it.

"My objective is to have a number of top level career choices going forward, and to be able to gain experience in endurance racing will hopefully open up my career prospects. I want to keep very busy, enjoy my racing and do some winning and I'm confident that by working again with Manor in WEC I'll achieve all of those things."