Lewis Williamson will complete the remainder of the FIA World Endurance Championship with Strakka Racing, replacing Danny Watts at the wheel of the team’s Gibson 015S Nissan, the British squad confirmed on Monday.
The 26-year-old Scot, who made his LMP2 debut in last month’s Six Hours of Nürburgring, will join Jonny Kane and Nick Leventis for the final five rounds of the season, beginning with next weekend’s Six Hours of Mexico.
Watts will remain on as part of the team but in other capacities.
“It’s amazing and it’s still not sunken in that I’ll be in the car again,” Williamson said. “I tried my very best in Germany to show that I could be both quick but also bring it home in one piece.
“I definitely learnt a lot from that outing, particularly tire management. My plan now is to build on that and get the podium that we just missed out on to my fellow Scot Ryan Dalziel.”
Team principal Dan Walmsley added: “Lewis’ fine performance left us with a difficult decision for the rest of the season. Before Nürburgring, Lewis had done no testing and had driven the car for just six laps in Bahrain last year.
“I think that underlines his potential and we’d like to see more of him as plans evolve for 2017.
“Danny remains part of Strakka and we’d all like to thank him for all his efforts on track, as well as off track to accommodate the changes.”