Renault F1 reserve driver Sergey Sirotkin is set for his LMP2 debut, with the 21-year-old Russian having been confirmed in SMP Racing’s lineup for next month’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Sirotkin will join Mikhail Aleshin and Victor Shaytar at the wheel of the team’s Dallara P217 Gibson. which will make its debut in the French endurance classic.
“To have a Russian crew [at Le Mans] has become a good tradition for us,” said team principal Boris Rotenberg.
“Although we have focused on the construction of the LMP1 car for the 2018 FIA WEC season, we can’t not take part in the most prestigious race in the world.
“Last year, in the first time in the history of the 90-year-old race, an all-Russian crew stood on the podium. This time, I’m sure our guys will try to do everything to win.”
The team is scheduled to complete the remainder of the European Le Mans Series season, beginning with July’s round at the Red Bull Ring.
Le Mans, as well as the ELMS races, will serve as a warmup to its planned two-car BR1 effort in the WEC next year with Dallara-built LMP1 non-hybrid prototypes.
Rotenberg said it will allow them to collect technical information on the car, as well as strengthen its relationship with the Italian constructor.
ART Grand Prix will serve as SMP’s operational partner for the Dallara project, moving away from its previous deal with AF Corse.