Manor is poised for a reduced effort in next month’s Six Hours of Mexico, with its No. 45 Oreca 05 Nissan having dropped off the entry list for the fifth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Both Richard Bradley and Matt Rao, who were initially entered alongside Roberto Merhi, have moved over to the team’s season-long No. 44 entry with Mexican driver Alfonso “Picho” Diaz Guerra (Toledano) for the Sept. 1-3 event at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
Tor Graves, who has been in the No. 44 car since the start of the year, is currently not on the entry list. Manor has yet to officially comment on the changes.
The shakeup comes in the wake of rumors linking ex-Formula One driver Pastor Maldonado to a seat in the No. 44 car, alongside Toledano, who during a pre-event press conference in Mexico City was announced as having also secured a seat for the race.
According to the latest WEC entry list, Toledano also does not currently feature with the Manor squad.
The Graeme Lowdon and John Booth-led team has run two cars in every WEC race this year, except for the 24 Hours of Le Mans when it was limited to only a single entry due to the late addition of its No. 45 entry for the season.
Manor’s expected reduced effort results in a 11-car LMP2 field for Mexico, thanks to the one-off entry from Greaves Motorsport, featuring Bruno Junqueira, Luis Diaz and Roberto Gonzalez, for the event.