Alex Lynn is set for his FIA World Endurance Championship debut, with the GP2 ace and Williams F1 development driver having been confirmed in the returning No. 45 Manor Oreca 05 Nissan for the Six Hours of Fuji.
The 23-year-old Englishman joins Tor Graves and Shinji Nakano in Manor’s second LMP2 entry, which hasn’t been raced since the Six Hours of Nürburgring in July.
Richard Bradley, Roberto Merhi and Matt Rao will continue to pilot the team’s No. 44 Oreca Nissan.
Lynn, a front-runner in GP2, took part in last year’s WEC Rookie Test in Bahrain with Toyota Gazoo Racing and is understood to have been the Japanese manufacturer’s radar screen.
He is managed by ex-Toyota WEC star Alex Wurz, who has remained with Toyota in an ambassador/advisor role.
Other entry list changes for the seventh round of the WEC season include the return of Yutaka Yamagishi to the No. 50 Larbre Competition Corvette C7.R for the Bronze-rated Japanese driver’s home race.
Richie Stanaway and Patrick Long, meanwhile, are back in the No. 97 Aston Martin Vantage GTE and No. 88 Abu Dhabi Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR, respectively, after missing the COTA round due to race conflicts.
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