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Rojas to Test BR01 LMP2 Car in Bahrain

Memo Rojas to test BR01 LMP2 car in Bahrain Rookie Test…

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Memo Rojas will get his first taste of a LMP2 car this weekend when the four-time GRAND-AM champion takes the wheel of the BR Engineering BR01 Nissan in Sunday’s Bahrain Rookie Test.

Rojas has been invited by the AF Racing team to test the Russian prototype, in what the Mexican ace admitted could turn into a potential switch to the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2016.

“They’re interested in doing something with me for next year,” Rojas said. “The BR01 was developed by SMP Racing and Paolo Catone, who designed the Peugeot that won Le Mans in 2009.

“It’s a very competitive LMP2 [package] that’s waiting to run next year. The car raced in the European Le Mans Series and next year will be in the WEC.

“We’ll see how competitive it is in Bahrain and maybe it’s a good opportunity for next year.”

Rojas is understood to have explored a number of options for a return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next year, although nothing has yet to materialize.

It’s believed talks between he and Michael Shank, for a potential second Ligier JS P2 Honda in the WeatherTech Championship, have faded, while a return to the DeltaWing program is also unlikely.

For the three-time Rolex 24 at Daytona winner, the WEC could offer the Telmex-backed driver the most opportunities, particularly with the series adding a race in Mexico City for next year.

Still, Rojas doesn’t want to get ahead of himself. “We have to go step by step, to first test the car and then see how it goes,” he said.

BR Engineering has previously expressed interest in fielding one of its cars for Daytona and Sebring, which could also fit into Rojas’ plans.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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