Patricio O’Ward and Will Owen have been confirmed as the two young drivers who will test in RGR Sport’s Ligier JS P2 Nissan in the FIA World Endurance Championship Rookie Test on Sunday.
The two drivers come from a mostly open-wheel background and have competed against each other in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires.
O’Ward, just 17 years old, graduated from karting to the Pro Mazda Championship in 2015 and finished second in the series this season.
“Testing in Bahrain will be the first time I have ever driven a prototype,” O’Ward said. “I’m really looking forward this awesome experience since I will be able to see how things operate within RGR Sport and the FIA World Endurance Championship.
“This will be the fastest race car I have ever driven, by far and I couldn’t be more pumped to test it out on a Formula 1 circuit.
“Bahrain has been a track on my bucket list for a long time and I’m finally getting to drive it in a car that I’m sure will be super enjoyable.”
Owen’s experience includes winning the Grand Prix of Indianapolis in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda in 2014, and eight podiums in this year’s Pro Mazda Championship.
“It’s a very unique opportunity to drive with such a prestigious team on such a big scale,” Owen said. “This will definitely be the fastest car I have ever driven, but I feel that the last few years in open wheel have prepared me for it.
“I’m also looking forward to seeing what a big team like RGR Sport expects from their drivers. RGR has top of the line engineers, drivers, and personnel, so if I communicate well with the team that could build good relationships for my future in sports cars.”
The Bahrain Rookie Test is scheduled for the day after the season-ending Six Hours of Bahrain.