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Jan Magnussen Named in High Class’ All-Danish LMP2 Lineup

High Class Racing to remain in WEC LMP2 with new driver lineup, ORECA livery…

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High Class Racing has confirmed its return to the FIA World Endurance Championship grid with an all-Danish LMP2 lineup featuring IMSA class champion Jan Magnussen.

Former Corvette Racing regular Magnussen is set for his first full season in the WEC, sharing the High Class Oreca 07 Gibson with Anders Fjordbach and Dennis Andersen.

The 47-year-old, who won the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Le Mans class twice with Corvette, was due to represent High Class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year but the team withdrew its second entry after being placed on the reserve list.

Magnussen ended up making his 22nd consecutive Le Mans event appearance with JMW Motorsport in GTE-Am and is now set to extend that streak next year.

He also made a WEC cameo in the 6 Hours of Circuit of The Americas back in February, driving the new Chevrolet Corvette C8.R with Mike Rockenfeller in GTE-Pro.

His 2021 co-drivers Fjordbach and Bronze-rated competitor Andersen, who is also new to the WEC, contested the last four European Le Mans Series campaigns as a pairing.

Their first two seasons in the ELMS were completed with a Dallara P217 Gibson before High Class switched to ORECA machinery for 2019.

The team made its world championship debut in the recently-concluded 2019-20 season.

It ran the Oreca on Goodyear tires at the first four rounds before switching to Michelin while its drivers were Fjordbach, Mark Patterson and Toyota protege Kenta Yamashita.

High Class will return to Goodyear for its sophomore season, with the American brand supplying all teams in the second-tier prototype class from 2021.

It has not declared whether it will return to the ELMS alongside its continued presence in the WEC which is running to a reduced six-round calendar next year.

High Class has already firmed up plans to make its IMSA debut in January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona with a driver lineup that is yet to be announced.

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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