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IndyCar driver Jakes switches to WEC with Manor

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IndyCar driver Jakes switches to WEC with Manor
Mar 2, 2016, 9:11 AM

British racer James Jakes, who has contested four seasons in IndyCar, will enter the World Endurance Championship with the new Manor LMP2 squad in 2016.

James Jakes, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
James Jakes, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Jakes, 28, scored two podiums during his four-year IndyCar stint, his best overall finish a 16th place in 2015 with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

However, there was no place left for the Brit on the IndyCar grid in 2016, with Mikhail Aleshin replacing him at SPM.

Having previously made his name on the European junior single-seater scene, Jakes was a race winner with Manor in F3 Euro in 2007, finishing fifth overall that season.

He also took three GP3 podiums with the squad in the inaugural GP3 season back in 2010.

At Manor, Jakes joins endurance racing veteran Tor Graves and former Formula 1 driver Will Stevens in what is set to be a two-car line-up.

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