Chilton joins Nissan's line-up for 2015 WEC

Ex-Formula One driver Max Chilton will race with Nissan in the World Endurance Championship this year, the Briton completing the LMP1 driver line-up for the Japanese manufacturer.

Chilton, who competed with Marussia in Formula One for the past two years, is joined by Nissan regular Alex Buncombe.

Both men will drive the new GT-R LM NISMO.

"I'm honoured to have been asked to join a manufacturer as prestigious as Nissan in a championship that is growing year on year," said Chilton.

"Le Mans has always had an amazing following and to be racing there as a works driver is a dream come true.

"My aim has always been to race at the highest level and the technology that has gone into the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO is as impressive as a Formula One car.

"Having met with the team and seen first-hand the dedication and desire to win that exists within this project I can't wait to get on track."

Buncombe makes the jump to LMP1 after several years driving for Nissan in other categories.

"This is a genuine dream come true for me," said Buncombe. "I was shocked when I got the call and I haven't been able to wipe the grin off my face ever since.

"It's very rewarding being the mentor of the GT Academy winners, especially when I see how much the likes of Lucas (Ordonez) and Jann (Mardenborough) have gone on to achieve.

"Now I'm going to race at Le Mans with them in the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO. I already know a fair amount about the car and I can't wait to have a go. It's a radical design and, as with all new cars it will take some developing and fine-tuning, but it's incredibly exciting and I'm so happy to be on the team."

 

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Series WEC
Event Max Chilton and Alex Buncombe join Nissan WEC line-up
Sub-event Special event
Track Le Mans
Drivers Max Chilton , Alex Buncombe
Article type Breaking news
Tags nissan