After a season with Lotus’ LMP2 program, Dominik Kraihamer will make the step up to the LMP1 category of the FIA World Endurance Championship, with the Austrian driver having been confirmed Monday as one the pilots of Rebellion Racing’s R-One program.
The 24-year-old joins the previously confirmed Nicolas Prost, Nick Heidfeld and Mathias Beche as drivers for the Swiss squad’s planned two-car operation, which is scheduled to debut at next month’s season-opening Six Hours of Silverstone.
“We have followed very closely Dominik’s career over the past years,” team manager Bart Hayden said. “He is a great racer and has shown his talent by performing record laps at Le Mans as well as by driving consistently high speed stints during WEC races.
“After several apprentice years in endurance racing, he is now ready for the next step at the absolute top level. I am sure that he will deliver a great job in our P1 car!”
Kraihamer added: “For me, this is exactly the right move. Following a tough year in 2013, this is a great opportunity to show that I am ready for consistent and fast lap times in the top LMP1 prototype class.
“It is also an honor for me that Rebellion Racing Team Principal Alexandre Pesci and team manager Bart Hayden trust in my abilities. They have taken in to their team many talented racers, who have had and developed great careers.”
The team has also added backing of Kraihamer’s personal sponsor, “Eat the Ball,” an editable bread-based snack.