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Stoneman, Roussel Added to Manor Lineup

Dean Stoneman, Leo Roussel added to Manor’s LMP1 lineup…

Photos: Dean Stoneman/Leo Roussel Facebook

Dean Stoneman and Leo Roussel have been added to CEFC TRSM Racing’s lineup, joining the previously announced Charlie Robertson in the team’s No. 5 Ginetta G60-LT-P1 Mecachrome for the start of the 2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship season.

It comes on the heels of Alex Brundle’s confirmation in the No. 6 Ginetta, alongside Oliver Rowland.

“We are very happy to have Dean back having raced with him in previous years in GP3 and to welcome Leo to the team,” said team president and sporting director Graeme Lowdon.

“Both drivers bring a wealth of experience in racing. It is nice to complete the line up for car 5 and look forward to seeing what they can all achieve together.”

Stoneman, a former FIA Formula 2 champion, is set for his prototype debut following a shortened season in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup last year with Strakka Racing.

The 27-year-old Englishman is also a race-winner in Indy Lights competition, having completed the 2016 season with Andretti Autosport.

“I have been looking at WEC for some time now and really feel this is a great move with a fabulous set up,” Stoneman said.

“The car looks great and I have worked with many of the key people in the team before so we both know the level of mutual commitment which will be shown.

“To race at Le Mans has been a goal of mine and I’m hoping that the agreement I have with the team will lead to an expanded program in the near future.”

Roussel, meanwhile, steps up to LMP1 competition after winning the European Le Mans Series LMP2 championship with the DragonSpeed-run G-Drive operation last year.

“I think we have a good line up with Charlie and Dean and also a good team with CEFC TRSM Racing,” he said. “I am looking forward to starting the championship.”

The length of the deals for both drivers with the Ginetta-affiliated team remains unclear.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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